National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook Unit
Commercial Use Authorization Solicitation
Summer 2016 and 2016 Seasons
Mobile Food and Beverage Service at Areas B, C, D, E, G, I , and the Ferry Landing
Questions and Answers
Q1: Does a vendor need a separate application to serve the Wednesday evening concerts?
A1: Yes, a vendor must submit a separate application, supplemental application and $150 application fee to be considered for Wednesday evening concerts.
Q2: Will units from different vendors be located together or next to each other in the same lot areas?
A2: The park will assign specific locations for each vendor at each Beach Area Location.
Q3: Will an ice cream or food trailer connected to a food truck be allowed?
A3: No, food trucks are not permitted to connect additional units to their truck or trailer.
Q4: May vendors leave trailers overnight?
A4: It depends on the trailer location, vendor's minimum operating hours and Park safety. For example, a vendor operating 7 days a week would likely be allowed to leave a trailer overnight as long as it is safely stationed and does not pose a hazard to the public or Park staff. Shorter hours (days of operations) can be discussed with the park and may be allowed by mutual consent depending on visitor needs. Each vendor assumes full liability for equipment left in the park overnight.
Q5: Will assigned areas be enforced?
A5: Yes, assigned areas will be enforced. All vendors must remain in their park assigned areas during the hours of operations; the Roving vendor is not permitted to operate in areas D or G. A CUA may be revoked if any vendor is in violation of the terms and conditions of the CUA.
Q6: Is there any storage available?
A6: No. There is no storage available.
Q7: What if pricing on sundries varies?
A7: We encourage fair pricing. Price wars are bad for business. Also, no price fixing is allowed.
Q8: may a vendor bring in an ATM (cash) machine?
A8: No. But we encourage vendors to accept credit cards or other alternate forms of payment. (PayPal, Google Wallet, Apple Pay, etc.).
Q9: What types of vendor signs comply with NPS requirements?
A9: Each vendor is required to submit a proposed sign drawing and proposed location to the park for approval of using any signs in the park.
Q10: Where in the park can vendor signs be placed?
A10: The park will determine the size and location of all signs permitted to be used during the season. Generally they will be limited to be entrance area at each beach parking lot that the vendor operates in.
Q11: Can the "carry in, carry out" program be posted more clearly to customers by the Park Service throughout the park? Perhaps by each booth at the pay gate?
A11: The park will review park signage locations for the Carry-in/Carry-out messaging to the park visitors.
Q12: Can soda machine prices be set in accordance with vendor prices?
A12: The vending machines are intended for visitor use during off hours when most vendors are not in operation. The park does not allow price fixing. Pricing in the park is market driven competitive pricing.
Q13: May vendors walk out to the beach and offer food to customers at their towels/chair location? Like at a ball game with ready-made hot dogs?
A13: No, vending on the beach is not an authorized service for 2015; however the park will discuss this option to determine viability going forward.
Q14: What beach items are vendors prohibited from selling?
A14: All Sale items need to be approved by the park in advance.
Q15: What protocol is in place for bad weather days?
A15: The park utilizes weather forecasts from the National Weather Service (NWS). If there is a fifty percent (50%) chance of rain for the day, vendors will not be recorded as absent. It is incumbent for each vendor to monitor the NWS web site for daily information.
Q16: Can the Sandy Hook (Gateway) webpage be updated with a list of the vendor names and locations for 2015?
A16: Yes, the park will include a list of vendors and their locations on the web page.
Q17: Can NPS place a sign at the gate showing visitors the lot locations of the vendors?
A17: This will not be in place for the 2015 season, but will be taken under advisement for possible future use.
Solicitation Date: February 10, 2015
Questions about this Opportunity are Due: March 2, 2015
CUA Presentation @ Sandy Hook Chapel: March 6, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Application Due Date: March 20, 2015
Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) Issued on or before April 15, 2015