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Contact: Wouter Ketel, 252-728-2250 ext. 3005
Harkers Island, North Carolina. Superintendent Bob Vogel announces public meetings to discuss the beginning of a Commercial Services Plan for Cape Lookout National Seashore. Preparing a Commercial Services Plan helps the park service to evaluate the past and present commercial services offered at the seashore and to identify the appropriate role of commercial services at Cape Lookout into the future.
The purpose of the meetings is to explain the process and the regulations under which the park service operates, and to solicit initial suggestions and comments from the public on the present and potential commercial services that they feel are desirable. Times and places of the meetings are: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. PLACE: Duke Marine Laboratory 135 Duke Marine Lab Road Beaufort, North Carolina
Thursday, May 18, 2006 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. PLACE: Core Sound Waterfowl Museum 1785 Island Road Harkers Island, North Carolina
The types of commercial services currently offered at the seashore include: concessions at Long Point on North Core Banks and at Great Island on South Core Banks that provide vehicle and passenger ferry services, cabin rentals, gasoline and ice sales; passenger ferry services from Ocracoke, Harkers Island, Beaufort and Morehead City arriving at Portsmouth Village, the Cape and Shackleford Banks; island transportation, ATV rentals/tours, and other tour and guide services.
Commercial services proposed in the final plan must be consistent with the park's enabling legislation, support the purpose and significance of the seashore, and help achieve desired visitor experience objectives. The commercial services plan will determine whether a proposed or existing commercial service is necessary and appropriate. Its companion document, an environmental assessment, will analyze the impacts of alternatives on seashore visitors, the local economy, cultural and natural resources and operations within the seashore.