Acadia National Park concerned for concession operations

6:00 PM, Feb 4, 2014   |    comments
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BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Officials at Acadia National Park say its been a challenge past couple of years. Sequester cuts delayed the parks opening last May. In September, the Government shutdown kept tourists out of the park. Now, there could be another delay with the opening of the concessions at Maine's only national park.

Acadia national park will open as scheduled for the summer season in May, but it could be a different story for concessions such as the Jordan Pond house and the gift shops at Thunder Hole and Cadillac Mountain.

After Acadia Coporation's concession's contract ended, the National Park Service chose Dawnland, LLC as the new concessions operator. The previous operator, a local company called Acadia Corporations, has contested the National Park Service's decision, and it will be heard in Federal Court on February 14th.

The judge will have 30 days to come to a decision after hearing the case next friday, which has park officials concerned about delays that would cause a break in public service this spring.

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