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Sen. King Seeks Review of Acadia Concessions Contract Process
03/06/2014 03:51 PM ET  

Last September, the National Park Service announced it had selected New Mexico-based Ortega National Parks LLC over Acadia Corporation, which had operated in the park for the past 80 years.

Independent Sen. Angus King is asking colleagues on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to review the process that led to a Bar Harbor company losing its contract to provide concessions in Acadia National Park.

Last September, the National Park Service announced it had selected New Mexico-based Ortega National Parks LLC over Acadia Corporation, which had operated in the park for the past 80 years.

King says the park service shouldn't have struck a deal with an out-of-state company that's making promises on operations at Jordan Pond House that it won't be able to keep:

"To enlarge the parking lot and do some things that really weren't consistent with the local conditions up there," King says. "If you win a contract and your bid is based on facts on the ground that can't be realized, or aren't accurate, then you've got to start over."

Ortega also promised to serve native sturgeon roe on the menu at Jordan Pond, but the two sturgeon species native to Maine are threatened and endangered.

Acadia Corp has sued the federal government over its loss of the concessions contract. The case is pending.

This story was reported and written by Jay Field.


 

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