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Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 12:00 pm

HARKERS ISLAND — The bidding ended this week for the Cape Lookout National Seashore’s ferry service contract, but some people are still protesting the National Park Service’s ferry plan for the seashore.

Ken Tyminski, a part-time ferry driver for a Beaufort-based ferry service, and his wife, Judi, both of Havelock, began an online petition Tuesday against the NPS’s Cape Lookout ferry plan.

The plan, which has been in the works since 2006, will eliminate the existing permit that allows any ferry operator holding a permit to transport people to, from and around Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks. Instead, the NPS will issue a contract that will authorize one ferry service to operate from two NPS launches – one at the Cape Lookout Visitor Center here and another being built in Beaufort.

The Tyminskis feel strongly enough about keeping the ferry service to Cape Lookout the way it is. They’ve started an online petition at the website The petition, titled “Cape Lookout National Seashore: Stop the consolidation of the local ferry service operators,” had, 476 signatures as of 7:30 a.m., today. Each signature automatically sends an email to U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C. Pat Kenney, the Cape Lookout superintendent and Neil Mulholland, NPS Foundation chairman. The full petition address is:

Mr. Tyminski said he and his wife have been hearing about this proposal since they arrived at the Crystal Coast nearly nine years ago.

“The more we hear, the more it sounds like a bad idea that will limit access to Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks,” he said. “Lately, when speaking with people, I’ve yet to find anyone who thinks this is a good idea except Pat Kenney, the Cape Lookout superintendent.”

Mr. Tyminski said Mr. Kenney spoke at a Ft. Macon Power Squadron meeting on Monday in Beaufort. Mr. Tyminski asked Mr. Kenney about the benefits of consolidating the service.

Mr. Tyminski said the supervisor told him consolidating the ferry service would improve scheduling. But that doesn’t make sense to Mr. Tyminski because the existing ferry services have schedules of their own.

“I asked him if an economic impact study had been done,” Mr. Tyminski said. “He said yes, and that it was OK. I don’t see how, since seven ferry operators will go out of business.”

Mr. Myminski said there’s a variety of ferry services users can chose from today, which would be a lost feature if the services to Cape Lookout were consolidated.

Meanwhile, Mr. Kenney doesn’t see any reason not to continue with the Cape Lookout ferry plan as it stands. He said while it could be stopped by the park service, he sees no reason that it would.

“Operations of this scale in national parks are usually managed by concessions,” he said. “It’s just policy. We’re trying to create a gateway experience so people can interact with the NPS before going over to the park.”

Ensuring there will always be a ferry service seems to also be a priority for the NPS. Mr. Kenney said there was a lot of waterfront property going on the market in recent years, and there was no guarantee any ferry services going on at the lots would be continued.


Contact Mike Shutak at 252-726-7081 ext. 206, email; or follow on Twitter at @mikesccnt.

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  • Land N' Sea Tours posted at 5:01 pm on Mon, Jul 8, 2013.

    Land N' Sea Tours Posts: 8

    The other part of this complete B.S. is that NPS wants to define a full day boat charter as a ferry when it definitely is not. Not only are they trying to limit how people get over there and destroy jobs, they want all the money....not just the ferry services share.

  • unreconstructed posted at 1:08 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    unreconstructed Posts: 42

    Just another example of Big Brother taking control of local business, and encroachment of states rights. Business a usual..........

  • Ditdot posted at 9:42 am on Sun, Jun 23, 2013.

    Ditdot Posts: 1

    It's my understanding that the bidding for the concession contract closed June 20. Is there an acceptable bid? I can't imagine that any reasonable business person who desires a profitable outcome would become partners with any government agency.
    What happens if no one bids on this dog of a concession/business opportunity? Status quo? I hope so. The ferry services in the area do a fantastic job.

  • francis posted at 11:29 am on Sat, Jun 22, 2013.

    francis Posts: 2537

    The National Seashore is run by the NPS and funded by the taxpayers. The taxpayers already pay for the operation once. Most will never use it. Essentially being taxed not to use it. If one of the taxpayers decides to use what he has already paid for, he is hit with a user fee "a tax". The fair thing would be for folks to carry their latest tax return, to show that you are indeed a taxpayer and all others pay a user fee. Sounds like a stretch, it is, but think of all the other double tax issues that could be addressed. The school tax comes immediately to mind.

  • morehood city res posted at 8:47 am on Sat, Jun 22, 2013.

    morehood city res Posts: 322

    [censored] ing awesome, i guess it will be like the permit system to drive on the beach at hatteras nat. seashore. wonder how many will be issued in a year before capacity is reached? an annual ORV permit is $120 a seven day is 50. get ready to pay folks, and slap a permit sticker on your boat so the ranger on duty can see that you paid your user fee (aka beach visiting tax)

  • wingnut posted at 11:56 pm on Fri, Jun 21, 2013.

    wingnut Posts: 8

    I always new Obama liked Ferries. Now he wants them all to himself.

  • clammerhead posted at 9:21 pm on Fri, Jun 21, 2013.

    clammerhead Posts: 733

    As for what about the people with their own boats...

    That will be taken care of with permits. The permit fee will go towards more officers to ensure everyone has a permit...

    More officers will mean a higher fee for the permit, and the ferry to get there...

    Before long, it will be just like almost everything else around here...Only the rich tourist will be able to enjoy it..

    Keep in mind that the NPS wants to turn everything from the 3 mile boundary offshore, all the way to the mainland into part of the NPS..

    It has already been discussed..


  • clammerhead posted at 9:15 pm on Fri, Jun 21, 2013.

    clammerhead Posts: 733

    You can find a link to the petition on my Fb page...David Clammerhead Cessna


  • mtstosea posted at 8:57 pm on Fri, Jun 21, 2013.

    mtstosea Posts: 12

    I agree that this is more big govt. action taking our rights to own and operate a business. There is nothing wrong with the small ferries as they are. My family has enjoyed riding them for over 40 years. I also cannot access the link to sign the petition against this. Please advise.

  • morehood city res posted at 8:25 pm on Fri, Jun 21, 2013.

    morehood city res Posts: 322

    this is coming down from dept. of interior headquarters more than likely, they expect to run every park in the nation the same way, without any information on how each park differs or how the local population has used these lands for many years. the same thing was done in shenandoah mtns of va. kicked em out and put up a gate and sign, welcome to public lands, no this that or the other allowed! big question remains...what about us folks with our own boats that get over to the banks on our own accord, where will they make us check in or register at order to "visit" the park, a gateway experience that will be sure to enlighten us about a land that we already know more about than the green and gray rangers do.

  • clammerhead posted at 4:41 pm on Fri, Jun 21, 2013.

    clammerhead Posts: 733

    What a crock.... The only reason for this is to give government total control. The NPS isn't making any money from the ferries now servicing the Banks. They want it all to provide funding for their own existence. They have squandered what they have, and now are trying to take what everyone else has. Just like they did in 76'.

    Mark my words...If this goes through as planned, it won't be long before you have to have a permit to go there in your own boat. The price will be high, and you will be on a time limit..

    The Banks was the part-time and in some cases, full time homes of many local people. Most of them had been there for generations. Some were direct descendants of local Coree Indians..

    While the NPS made sure to latch onto the Spanish ponies for funding, they made no effort to protect the HUMANS that were there before the ponies. Instead, they took our camps, and ran us off. Now they are trying to remove the rest of the local population, and replace them with tourist.

    While tourism is important to the area, so are the locals. We live here year round. Before the tourist get here, and after they leave.

    If the NPS was willing to do what is right, it would give the camps/locations back to the people they took it from. However that is not the government way. Instead they spend their time taking more....

    Even better, give it back to the race that was there before Europeans came and killed, swindled, and and abused them...

    Give it back to the Natives...


  • Flowerlady posted at 1:03 pm on Fri, Jun 21, 2013.

    Flowerlady Posts: 23

    Went to sign petition, but I am having trouble finding it to sign. Help!


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