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Jack's Boathouse Gets a Reprieve

The Potomac River boat rental site was to lose its lease effective Jan. 31.

The National Park Service (NPS) has halted plans to evict Jack's Boathouse from its Potomac River lease on the Georgetown waterfront. Earlier this month Jack's owner Paul Simkin received a notice from NPS that his business had until Jan. 31 to vacate its location just east of the Key Bridge.

"I can assure all those concerned that the boat house operation will continue into the future as it is an important public service," NPS Director Jon Jarvis said in a statement released to several media organizations.

NPS is in the process of evaluating uses for a non-motorized boathouse zone for the waterfront area.

In a statement sent to WTOP, Simkin wrote, "I am absolutely touched that on the Christmas holiday so many folks made time to email and call the National Park Service and White House to save Jack's from eviction from its home of 70 years."

It is not clear how long the boathouse will be able to stay in its current location, but for now the Jan. 31 eviction is on hold.

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Georgetowner December 31, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Ironic that many of the same people complaining about the closure of the private canoe club are also complaining about the construction of a Georgetown University boathouse. These complaints are a remarkable exercise in hypocrisy, and indicate a complete double standard.

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