In a letter dated Dec. 18, the Park Service advises owner Paul Simkin that his lease will be terminated.
Four years ago, Simkin liquidated his retirement savings to upgrade Jack’s. He said his business has been booming since.
“I’m brokenhearted,” said Simkin, who said he has always paid his rent. “It will cost me a fortune to break this place down.”
The Park Service said Sunday that the lease was no longer considered valid but did not explain. The agency said, however, that the recreational activities offered there are important and will be provided as a concession. It also said that Simkin was free to offer a proposal to operate the concession.
Simkin has been calling his 27 employees to let them know that Jack’s must vacate by the end of January, and they will be out of a job.