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National Park Service issues concession leaflets for ferries

National Park Service press release:

The National Park Service (NPS) issues two concession prospectuses on August 5, 2021, for a 10-year concession contract to operate a passenger ferry service between the South Shore of Long Island and Sailors Haven Marina within of Fire Island National Seashore and for a 10-year concession contract to operate a passenger ferry service between Patchogue Ferry Terminal and Watch Hill Marina within Fire Island National Seashore. The new contracts are expected to come into effect on January 1, 2022.

Fire Island National Seashore, located off the south shore of Long Island, New York, occupies approximately 26 miles of the 32-mile-long barrier island. The western limit of the national coastline is adjacent to Robert Moses State Park. From there, the national coastline stretches east to Moriches Inlet. The national coastline also includes the waters surrounding the coastline up to distances of 1,000 feet in the Atlantic Ocean and up to 4,000 feet north in Great South Bay.

The national coastline is located within 60 miles of nearly 21 million people in the greater New York City area (Figure 5). Most visitors reach the national coastline by taking a private car or the Long Island Railroad to Patchogue, Sayville, or Bay Shore, where they board a ferry across the bay. Visitors can also reach the national coastline by private boat and moor at concession-operated marinas at Watch Hill or Sailors Haven. Many sites in Fire Island National Seashore are only accessible by private boat or public ferry. From May through October, visitors can take one of two licensed dealer ferries to Watch Hill or Sailors Haven.

Concession prospectus for ferry service to Sailors Haven

Sailors Haven is home to one of the most well-known areas of Fire Island National Seashore – the Sunken Forest. Located near the center of the island, across the Great South Bay from Sayville, Sailors Haven is accessible by ferry, private boat, and on foot. In addition to a mile-and-a-half-long walking trail through the Sunken Forest, Sailors Haven offers a visitor center; snack; Souvenir shop; picnic tables and grills; supervised beach in summer; a 45-berth public marina with electricity, water and a free boat pumping station; and toilets and showers.

Proposals must be submitted electronically to the National Park Service. All proposals must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. ET on September 24, 2021, to be evaluated and considered for award of a concession contract. The prospectus describes the business opportunity and includes the terms and conditions under which the NPS will award the concession contract. Instructions for submitting a proposal electronically are provided in the Prospectus Proposal Instructions document.

Preferred Offeror

The Regional Director has determined under 36 CFR § 51.36 that the existing concessionaire qualifies as a preferred offeror for this draft contract. A Preferred Offeror may exercise a preferential right as defined in 36 CFR § 51.3. This right of preference allows a preferred offeror to comply with the terms and conditions of a competing responsive proposal for a qualified contract.

Patchogue to Watch Hill Ferry Service Concession Flyer

Watch Hill sits at the western end of the high dune wilderness of Otis Pike Fire Island, directly across from the Great South Bay from Patchogue, NY. Watch Hill offers a Visitor Center, Family Campground, Ranger-Led Interpretive Programs (including Guided Canoe Tours), Small Convenience Store, Snack Bar, Self-Guided Nature Trail, Playground picnic area and a supervised beach during the summer only.

The distance between the Patchogue ferry terminal and Watch Hill is approximately 4.6 nautical miles. The journey takes about 40 minutes.

Proposals must be submitted electronically to the National Park Service. All proposals must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. ET on September 24, 2021, to be evaluated and considered for award of a concession contract. The prospectus describes the business opportunity and includes the terms and conditions under which the NPS will award the concession contract. Instructions for submitting a proposal electronically are provided in the Prospectus Proposal Instructions document.

Preferred Offeror

The Regional Director has determined under 36 CFR § 51.36 that the existing concessionaire qualifies as the preferred offeror for this draft contract. A Preferred Offeror may exercise a preferential right as defined in 36 CFR § 51.3. This right of preference allows a preferred offeror to comply with the terms and conditions of a competing responsive proposal for a qualified contract.

For more information, including prospectus materials, visit NPS Concessions

For more information on Fire Island National Seashore, please visit www.nps.gov/fiis.


This press release was produced by the National Park Service. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.