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nautbob
post Nov 13 2006, 09:34 AM
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the hurricanes of the last several years really tore up flamingo and caused the discontinuation of the houseboat rentals they had. i just spoke with xanterra, the company that operates the concessions out of flamingo, and they are not going to start them back up. bummer
 
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post Nov 13 2006, 09:43 AM
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Yep, sucks all the way!!! thumbdown.gif


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post Nov 13 2006, 09:57 AM
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post Nov 13 2006, 12:51 PM
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According to this, Xanterra quit Flamingo:
http://www.inshore-fishing.com/forum/viewt...pic.php?t=10448

We went housboating at Flamingo for spring break 2005. I am holding out hope that somebody will find a way to bring them back.


 
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post Nov 17 2006, 06:54 AM
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A day or two ago I spoke with the guy at ENP that's in charge of the restoration project at Flamingo (whatever it will turn out to be...). One of the things we talked about was when a new concessionaire will be chosen and finally come on line to operate the facilities at Flamingo. He didn't know when a decision would be reached or when Xanterra would be replaced. In the interim, no houseboats since that was owned and operated by Xanterra (that also goes for no shrimp tank at the marina store). Whoever takes over, I'll be watching with interest to see whether they'll re-start the houseboat rentals. Looks like a long shot to me since they'd have to start from scratch, buying new boats, etc. I'm not certain that operation was ever particularly profitable given the maintenance costs and the fact that the newer boats didn't have a very long life expectancy.... I'd like to see the houseboat rentals get going again since it was a benefit to my business. Most of the local fishing clubs worked one "houseboat weekend" into their yearly outings. If I hear anything else I'll make a point of posting it here.


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post Nov 17 2006, 07:58 AM
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I got to say while I understand the position of the concession company, I'm really heartbroken. I was really looking forward to taking my son (2y old) out with the wife on one of the boats for a week trip in a couple years. My parents who are avid kayakers were going to come along and we were really looking forward to it.

I hope that someone comes along and can provide similar services soon.

Jan


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post Nov 21 2006, 09:04 AM
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Here's a possibility for anyone that wants to 'yak and camp in the 'Glades without the houseboats being available. Look up Capt. Charles Wright in Chokoloskee... He specializes in camping the backcountry while running a "mother ship" for kayaks and canoes. When I'm running that area I see him and his customers often out fishing a remote bay or set up at one of the campsites. It's quite a sight to see a large open skiff with a half dozen 'yaks strapped to it running the inside...


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post Dec 18 2007, 01:17 PM
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QUOTE (nautbob @ Nov 13 2006, 10:34 AM) *
the hurricanes of the last several years really tore up flamingo and caused the discontinuation of the houseboat rentals they had. i just spoke with xanterra, the company that operates the concessions out of flamingo, and they are not going to start them back up. bummer


The ENP/Flamingo draft commercial services plan is on the street for comment. Houseboats are listed as an "appropriate" use in the park, but there is no guarantee that they will be brought back.

Now would be a good time to provide input on the proposed alternatives and push to bring back houseboats. The comment period ends January 25, 2008.

http://www.nps.gov/ever/parknews/park-seek...rvices-plan.htm
 
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post Jun 30 2008, 04:45 PM
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Houseboats might be back after all. And props to the genius who came up with the Tiki bar idea. Woot.gif

http://www.nps.gov/ever/parknews/051508rfp.htm

On , May 9, 2008 the National Park Service (NPS) released a prospectus for a concession contract that provides commercial visitor services... Services that will only be offered at the Flamingo location include skiff rentals, houseboat rentals, mobile food service, tiki bar, bicycle rentals and slip rentals.
 
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post Feb 19 2013, 08:45 PM
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Good news: Houseboats are back at the Go.
Bad news: $350/night.
 
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post Feb 20 2013, 03:06 PM
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How many do they accommodate?


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post May 17 2013, 01:08 PM
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QUOTE (Rayzor @ Feb 20 2013, 04:06 PM) *
How many do they accommodate?


Six

http://evergladesnationalparkboattoursflam...m/houseboat.php
 
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post May 19 2013, 09:44 PM
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I wish they would rebuild the hotel.
 
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post Nov 21 2014, 11:17 AM
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i wanna houseboat
 
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