Acadia vendor contract investigation is sought

BAR HARBOR — The choice of an out-of-state vendor to run the Jordan Pond House and other Acadia National Park concessions is now under Congressional review.

Maine’s United States Senators Angus King and Susan Collins, while not a part of the review committee, are urging their colleagues to bring serious scrutiny to the process and to possibly hold a hearing on the issue. In letters released on Monday, the Senators continue to allege irregularities and mismanagement in the process used by the National Park Service (NPS) to choose Dawnland, LLC as the new Acadia vendor. Dawnland, while formed in Maine, is owned by New Mexico-base Ortega Family Enterprises.

Acadia Corp. executives are fighting a separate legal battle to try to win their ANP vendor contract back. Their bid protest was heard in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. in mid-February. No decision in the case has been released.

The Jordan Pond House typically opens at the end of May. Dawnland was originally scheduled to take possession of the building and other vendor operations on March 1. It is unclear whether the typical opening timeline can be met.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]