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Contact: Wouter Ketel, 252-728-2250 ext. 3005
Harkers Island, NC – Superintendent Pat Kenney announced that the National Park Service (NPS) has selected the Beaufort Front Street site as the departure location for the passenger ferry service from the Beaufort and Morehead City area to the Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout areas of Cape Lookout National Seashore.
The Beaufort site was identified as the preferred alternative in the Passenger Ferry Departure Site Environmental Assessment and Assessment of Effect (Ferry EA) that was released for public comment on March 1, 2011. Public meetings were held on March 8 at the Duke Marine Lab auditorium. The final decision was signed by NPS Regional Director David Vela on August 22, 2011.
"We are very pleased and grateful to be able to partner with the Town of
It is anticipated that a request for proposals (bids) for the ferry service contract will be released in the spring of 2013; and that the ferry service will operate under contract in 2014. Federal contracts are announced nationally and are open to all bidders.
The decision that ferry service to Cape Lookout National Seashore would be managed under NPS contracts was made in the Commercial Services Plan & Environmental Assessment for Cape Lookout National Seashore, completed in 2008. This plan was the product of several public meetings and public comments.
The Passenger Ferry Departure Site EA/AoE is an outcome of the public scoping meetings that were held on August 26, 2009, and the Ferry Departure Site Feasibility Study that was completed since that time. The study examined 8 potential locations for a passenger ferry operations base in the
Based on the study and the EA/AoE, the NPS determined that both of the sites met the purpose, needs and objectives as identified by the EA/AoE to a large degree. Alternative B, the
"We very much appreciate the careful consideration and significant help that staff from the Town of Morehead City and the Town of