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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Looking To Expand Commercial Services

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Surfing lessons? They could be coming to Cape Hatteras National Seashore/Kurt Repanshek file photo

Cape Hatteras National Seashore on North Carolina's Outer Banks is looking to add some commercial services to the seashore, such as guided waterfowl hunting, more interpretive programs, yoga classes, and maybe surfing lessons. There's even an opportunity for a business to "set-up and take-down of beach fires for clients in designated areas."

On August 28 Cape Hatteras Superintendent Dave Hallac will host a meeting to offer a Commercial Services Orientation and Open House on Ocracoke Island. The meeting will run from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. at the Ocracoke Community Center in Ocracoke.

The meeting will begin with a presentation from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 pm, followed by a Q & A session, discussion, and networking.

The presentation will provide an overview of the Seashore’s Commercial Services program, which permits businesses to provide the following visitor services through Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs):

  • Beach Fire Services - new for 2017
  • Guided Fishing Services
  • Guided Horseback Tours
  • Guided Waterfowl Hunting - new for 2017!
  • Interpretive and Educational Programs - new for 2017
  • Non-motorized Boat Tours (for example, kayak tours)
  • Off-Road Vehicle Driving Tours
  • Outdoor Fitness Classes (for example, yoga)
  • Photography Instruction
  • Road-Based Commercial Tours and Transportation - new for 2017
  • Watersport Instruction (for example, surfing lessons)

Seashore staff say they look forward to working more closely with many long-standing commercial partners, as well as engaging new partners, including those interested in learning about how the program may intersect with future passenger ferry service to Ocracoke. 

Commercial ServicesAllowable Activities
Beach Fire Services Application Fee: $200.00* Set-up and take-down of beach fires for clients in designated areas in accordance with Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beach Fire Regulations * Assisting clients with obtaining a fee-free Beach Fire Permit and educating clients on Beach Fire Regulations * Associated interpretive programs or demonstrations * Commercial transportation of participant/s via Off-Road Vehicle/s (ORVs) on designated ORV ramps and routes * Associated photography services
Guided Fishing Services Application Fee: $200.00* Fishing instruction for individuals and/or groups * Commercial transportation of participant/s via Off-Road Vehicle/s (ORVs) on designated ORV ramps and routes * Launching and use of non-motorized watercraft (kayaks, canoes, and/or stand-up paddleboards (SUPs)) * Launching and use of motorized vessel (excluding personal watercraft such as Jet Skis™) via designated public boat launch sites * Associated photography services
Guided Horseback Tours Application Fee: $200.00* Horseback riding and instruction * Commercial transportation of participant/s via Off-Road Vehicle/s (ORVs) on designated ORV ramps and routes * Associated photography services
Guided Waterfowl Hunting Application Fee: $200.00* Waterfowl hunting instruction for individuals and/or groups * Commercial transportation of participant/s via Off-Road Vehicle/s (ORVs) on designated ORV ramps and routes Launching and use of non-motorized watercraft (kayaks and/or canoes) * Launching and use of motorized vessel (excluding personal watercraft such as Jet Skis™) via designated public boat launch sites * Associated photography services
Interpretive and Educational Programs Application Fee: $200.00* Formal interpretive programs such as tours, walks, talks, or hikes * Historical demonstrations such as fish-net mending or U.S. Life Saving Service beach apparatus drill * Recreational skill demonstrations such as bird watching or night sky/astronomy programs * Commercial transportation of participant/s via Off-Road Vehicle/s (ORVs) on designated ORV ramps and routes * Associated photography services
Non-Motorized Boat Tours Application Fee: $200.00* Kayaking * Canoeing Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP) * Associated photography services
Off-Road Vehicle Driving Tours Application Fee: $200.00* Commercial transportation of participant/s via Off-Road Vehicle/s (ORVs) on designated ORV ramps and routes * Associated photography services * Associated services such as on-board interpretation, box lunches, and walking tours of park areas
Outdoor Fitness Classes Application Fee: $200.00* Yoga * Pilates * Personal Training * Group or individual exercise classes similar to the options listed above * Associated photography services
Photography Instruction Application Fee: $200.00* Photography instruction for individuals and/or groups * Associated walking tours * Commercial transportation of participant/s via Off-Road Vehicle/s (ORVs) on designated ORV ramps and routes * Commercial transportation of participant/s on roads to and/or within the park
Road-Based Commercial Tours and Transportation Application Fee: $200.00* Commercial transportation of participant/s on roads to and within the park * Associated services such as on-board interpretation, box lunches, and walking tours of park areas
Watersport Instruction Application Fee: $200.00* Kitesurfing * Kiteboarding * Surfing * Windsurfing * Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) * Associated photography services * Commercial transportation of participant/s via Off-Road Vehicle/s (ORVs) on designated ORV ramps and routes

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