Ocracoke’s beaches are part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Photo: C. Leinbach

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The Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) will host a Commercial Services Orientation and Open House from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 28, in the Hatteras Realty Office, 41156 Hwy 12, in Avon.

The meeting will provide information about the Seashore’s Commercial Services program, which permits businesses to provide services on park property.  These services are allowed through Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs).

Some of those serices include the following:
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 (such as kayak tours)
Off-Road vehicle driving tours
Outdoor fitness classes (for example, yoga)
Photography instruction
Road-based commercial tours and transportation – new for 2017
Water sport instruction (for example, surfing lessons)

The orientation portion of the meeting will provide an overview of:

  • The National Park Service CUA program and which types of activities require an authorization;

  • The application process and program requirements;

  • The Seashore’s safety program, including information related to hurricane planning and rip current safety, and

  • The Seashore’s interpretive themes and messages to share with clients.

The Open House portion of the meeting will include a question-and-answer session, as well as networking and general discussion among participants.

Seashore Superintendent David Hallac and the Seashore staff look forward to engaging new partners and working more closely with the Seashore’s many long-standing commercial partners.

For information about the Seashore’s Commercial Use Authorization program and instructions on how to apply, visit: https://www.nps.gov/caha/getinvolved/dobusinesswithus.htm.

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