Jack's Boathouse is dead and gone, and its protracted battle with the National Park Service is now water under the Key Bridge. But Freedom of Information Act requests can take longer than a lifetime, and the FOIA I submitted when I was reporting on the Jack's saga came back to me after the boathouse's demise. [...]
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The National Park Service has selected a new operator for the Georgetown waterfront boating space currently run by Jack's Boathouse.
According to a press release from NPS, the chosen operator is B&G Outdoor Recreation, Inc., also known as Boating in Boston, headquartered in Hopkinton, Mass., which "operates six kayak, canoe, pedal boat and rowboat rental locations [...]
It’s winter at Jack’s Boathouse. There are no customers stepping gingerly into rocking canoes, no seasonal workers grabbing paddles from the rack, no lingering scent of sunscreen and bug spray. A chain blocks off the parking lot, and the 130-foot main dock is hibernating at its off-season home near the Pentagon.
This would normally be the [...]
First, Jack's Boathouse was closing, then it wasn't—maybe. After speaking with Jack's owner Paul Simkin and a National Park Service spokesman, I can say that NPS' intentions are about as clear as the waters of the Potomac.
Simkin says he had three rounds of correspondence with NPS: the initial termination of his lease; an NPS statement [...]