WASHINGTON (AP) - A popular business that rents kayaks and canoes near the Key Bridge in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood will soon be forced to close.
The National Park Service has told the owner of Jack's Boathouse that his lease will be terminated next month.
Owner Paul Simkin says he's "brokenhearted" by the news. He says he didn't get much explanation from the park service and notes that the business has been thriving, with 72,000 visitors last summer.
Jack's Boathouse has been open since 1945.
The park service says the lease is no longer valid but has not explained further. The agency says it wants to provide recreational activities as a concession at the site, and that Simkin is free to submit a proposal to operate the concession.