Beach fires at the Lifeguard Beach, such as this one provided by Rob King, are among the business services some islanders provide on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Photo: C. Leinbach

Cape Hatteras National Seashore will hold a commercial services orientation from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, May 14, in the Ocracoke Community Center for anyone interested in conducting business on National Park Service property.

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
  • Guided Fishing Services
  • Guided Horseback Tours
  • Guided Waterfowl Hunting
  • Interpretive and Educational Programs
  • Non-motorized Boat Tours (e.g., kayak tours)
  • Off-Road Vehicle Driving Tours
  • Outdoor Fitness Classes (e.g., yoga)
  • Photography Instruction
  • Road-Based Commercial Tours and Transportation
  • Watersport Instruction (e.g., surfing lessons)

For information about the Seashore’s Commercial Use Authorization program and instructions on how to apply, visit:

For a list of the Seashore’s concession operators and current Commercial Use Authorization holders, visit:

Other meetings will be held at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site in Manteo on May 15 and the Fessenden Center in Buxton on May 17.

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