MOUNT DESERT — Officials with the out-of-state company chosen by the National Park Service (NPS) to operate Jordan Pond House and other Acadia National Park venues expect to have a final contract in hand by the first week of April.
Tom Williamson of Ortega Family Enterprises, of New Mexico, said Tuesday that after last week’s court ruling upholding his company’s bid award for Acadia concessions, approval from the United States Congress is expected within the coming weeks.
The contract is currently in the Legislature as part of a mandatory 60-day review period. That period runs out in early April, and “we believe that the NPS may execute the contract on or about April 7,” Williamson said.
On Friday, 80-year legacy and sole Jordan Pond House operator Acadia Corp. lost their court bid to overturn the contract award to Ortega. Judge Lynn Bush of the United States Court of Federal Claims ruled that Ortega, doing business in Maine as Dawnland, LLC, came to the contract rightfully. Judge Bush dismissed, with prejudice, all of Acadia Corp.’s complaints against the federal government regarding the award.