Prospectus Released for Pensacola Bay Ferry Service Concessioner

A large white ferry boat sits offshore of a historic brick fortification.
The National Park Service Ferry Boat sits off shore of Fort Pickens.

NPS Photo by Joe Rainey

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News Release Date: November 1, 2017

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Gulf Breeze, Fla. – Gulf Islands National Seashore officials announced today that the Pensacola Bay ferry service concessioner prospectus is open for proposals by interested companies. Offers will be accepted through January 10, 2018 and can be submitted by visiting All offers will be reviewed by a National Park Service panel and the contract awarded once the process is completed.

The selection of a concessioner for the Pensacola Bay ferry service is a critical milestone in preparation for the ferry service to begin in early 2018. “We’re excited to select a concessioner for the Pensacola Bay ferry service, and to start finalizing operational decisions with them once selected,” said Superintendent Dan Brown. The concessioner will be responsible to provide passenger ferry service between Fort Pickens, Pensacola and Pensacola Beach.

Two NPS owned 150-passenger double-decker catamaran ferry boats will assigned to the concessioner to provide the service. In 2016, local fourth graders named the ferries Turtle Runner and Pelican Perch. Gulf Islands National Seashore and the greater Pensacola community are excited about the Pensacola Bay ferry service scheduled to begin in 2018. 

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Last updated: November 1, 2017

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