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Everglades National Park Requesting Proposals for Commercial Visitor Services at Flamingo

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Date: January 29, 2013
Contact: William Gordon, 305-242-7762
Contact: Mary Plumb, 305-242-7714

On Wednesday, January 16, the National Park Service (NPS) released a prospectus for a concession contract that provides commercial visitor services at Flamingo in Everglades National Park. The prospectus addresses the operations, located at Flamingo (38 miles from park headquarters) and provides lodging, camping, tour boat, canoe/kayak rentals, skiff rentals, houseboat rentals, bicycle rentals, boat slip rentals, food and beverage, retail, boat transfer service and other visitor services. 

The projected annual revenue in 2015 (when all services will be offered to visitors, including new lodging):  $3.5 to $4.9 million.  

The contract term for operations at Flamingo is ten years. The minimum franchise fee will be 4.7% of gross revenue for the ten years of the contract  

A site visit is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at the Flamingo District of Everglades National Park. Attendance at the site visit should be confirmed with Bill Stevens, (404) 507-5636, or via email at e-mail us. 

The prospectus is available on the NPS website at http://concessions.nps.gov/ever001-14.htm. Hardcopies are available upon request for $50. Please make checks payable to the National Park Service and send to Bill Stevens, Concessions Program, Southeast Region, NPS, AFC, 1924 Building, 100 Alabama Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Please include a physical address (no post office boxes) and telephone number. Individuals obtaining a prospectus from the website should

Did You Know?

Limestone

Limestone is the porous, sedimentary rock you see in the Everglades. These rocks are made of calcium and contain fossils of sea life, evidence of ancient seas that once covered the area. The limestone aquifer under the Everglades acts as the principal water recharge area for all of south Florida.