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Stop the consolidation of the local ferry service operators.
  • Petitioning Pat Kenney

This petition will be delivered to:

Cape Lookout National Park Service Superintendent
Pat Kenney
Chairman National Park Service Foundation
Mr Neil Mulholland
U.S. House of Representatives
North Carolina
Sen. Kay Hagan
North Carolina-03
Rep. Walter Jones

Stop the consolidation of the local ferry service operators.

    1. Judi Tyminski
    2. Petition by

      Judi Tyminski

      Havelock, NC

The National Park Service (NPS) released the proposal to consolidate the Harkers Island, Beaufort and Morehead City, NC ferries to the Cape Lookout National Seashore along with the Cape Lookout land transportation service. 2013 will be the last year that the local ferry operators will be allowed to operate using the current “commercial use permits”. The proposal was not unexpected - the park service has been discussing the possibility since the early 1990s. Bidding for the new concession will close in early summer 2013.

  • There are four ferry operators departing from different facilities on Harkers Island, two in Beaufort and one in Morehead City. The ferries are spread along the Crystal Coast, and have access to parking for their riders.

  • These ferries operate Coast Guard licensed vessels that land passengers at Cape Lookout National Seashore. When all the ferries are running, the current system can move well over 200 passengers an hour to the lighthouse and over 100 to Shackleford Banks.

The Park Service Plan: 

  • The park service will cancel the current ferry commercial use permits, and consolidate the ferry service under one concessionaire.

  • The ferry boats will operate out of two terminals: one at the Cape Lookout National Seashore facility at the East end of Harkers Island, and another on the waterfront in Beaufort, NC.

  • The NPS Harkers Island facility will be upgraded to provide additional parking, public rest rooms and marina upgrades. At the September 20, 2012 public hearing on the project, the “Phase 1” upgrades for the Harkers location are projected at $790,000. The "Phase 2" upgrades mentioned at a hearing were substantially higher.

  • The local ferry service operators have been providing ferry service for many years to Cape Lookout National Seashore. Consolidating the ferry service will eliminate competition, put people out of work, close independent business, cost tax payers money to build and maintain new facilities, not improve service and may ultimately increase the cost of getting to the national seashore.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. We have over 1000 supporters and growing!

      Judi Tyminski
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks for your support in signing this petition. Collectively, we can make a difference. Many people are still not aware that if this consolidation happens the park service will be acting as a middle man and make a good profit on the back of the ferry operator. For the first year, the park service will make at least 9% of the gross operation. This is estimated to be $80,000 to the park service in the first year. When a middle man is involved and expects a good profit each year this can only mean 1 thing...prices will go up!
      The park service will be launching their boats from the Grayden Paul Park in Beaufort. This local swimming hole will be the departure site for the large ferry boats. The use of the park for the people of Beaufort will change forever. There will be over 80 parking spaces within 1,500 ft of the Town Hall designated for the use of the park service. The taxpayers of Beaufort will pay for the water, sewer, and electricity the park service uses. Is this really fair?

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. We have over 600 supporters and growing!

      Judi Tyminski
      Petition Organizer

      In just 4 days we have reached over 600 people who share our concerns for the local ferries. We need to keep the message going and continue to get the word out. Please forward our message to everyone you can think of and ask them to join our cause.

      We were delighted to see that the Carteret News Times took the time to inform the public in their Friday edition. If you did not see the article you can view it online at;

      Thanks for all the support!

      Seashore ferry plan still draws protest

      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.

    5. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • jan hanes BEAUFORT, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      how can anyone decide WHAT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE be taken away from the PEOPLE--shakes my head you take away what others work hard to have a livihood

    • Sandra S Lewis MOREHEAD CITY, NC
      • 2 months ago

      If it's not broken leave it alone. It has worked well without government interference.

    • Toby Schlick MILLSBOER, DE
      • 2 months ago

      The local people have invested their live to provide this service... Letting the NPS take ths over will leave them broke and unemployed and unable to provide for their family...

    • Victoria Riggs GLOUCESTER, NC
      • 2 months ago

      Shell Point was the only place to go and relax for us locals. Now it has turned into a circus! Why ruin the park that way.. We already had ferry service here.....???

      • 3 months ago

      NPS is creating a monopoly situation that can not serve the public adequately. This will reduce the number of people employed for the same purpose, and is ultimately denying public access to the park.


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