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Padre Island National Seashore Will Implement Commercial Use Authorization Program February 4, 2009
Superintendent Joe Escoto announced that Padre Island National Seashore will require private entities to obtain a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA). CUA's are limited authorizations to provide specific visitor services within the boundaries of the recreation area, such as guided fishing services, tour guide services, including day and overnight trips. Superintendent Escoto stated"The National Park Service is charged with protecting visitors and the park. The goal of the CUA program will provide an additional means for resource management and protection while concurrently providing safe recreational choices to our visitors.”
Commercial Operators will be provided thirty days beginning February 5, 2009 to pursue and obtain a CUA. Effective March 7, 2009 commercial operators found to be operating in the park without a CUA will be cited. CUA’s are issued by the National park Service pursuant to authorities contained in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 5.3 (39 Stat. 535, 16 USC 3). Permittees are not concessioners authorized under the Concessions Policy Act of 1965 (79 Stat. 969, 16 USC 20). CUA's must meet certain criteria before an authorization of their visitor services will be granted. The Permittee must acquire all permits or licenses of State or local government, as applicable, necessary to provide the services described above, and, must operate in compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, including, without limitation, all applicable park area policies, procedures and regulations. The commercial services described above are to be provided to park area visitors at reasonable rates and under operating conditions approved by the park superintendent.
For more information regarding the CUA program, please write to Padre Island National Seashore, ATTN: CUA Coordinator, P.O. Box 181300, Corpus Christi, TX 78480-1300 or call 361-949-9238, extension 33.