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Fla. company to manage mill on parkway in Va.

MEADOWS OF DAN (AP) — The National Park Service has chosen a Florida company to manage a mill attraction on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia.

Parkway Superintendent Mark H. Woods says in a news release that a 10-year concession contract has been awarded to Cape Canaveral, Fla.-based Cape Leisure Corp. to manage the Mabry Mill Restaurant and Gift Shop near Meadows of Dan in Floyd County. The contract is effective Jan. 1.

Cape Leisure also manages Natural Bridge’s attractions for a private owner, along with hospitality, food and retail operations at several state parks in Florida.

Mabry Mill includes a historic gristmill, sawmill and blacksmith shop. The restaurant and gift shop are open from May through October.

One Response to Fla. company to manage mill on parkway in Va.

  1. BRENDA PROSSER

    November 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I do not understand why a Virginia management firm was not chosen. It seems that a Virgina firm would certainly take more pride, make more sence and keep $$$$ in our state. I know that we are only reading the results and perhaps this was the lowest bid, or because the company already has exposure in Virginia but we are seeing how well Obamacare contracts being awarded to Canadian firms.
    If U.S. tax $$ are footing the bill it should be a requirement that U. S. firms are used as well as state firms for state projects.