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Operator of Blue Ridge Parkway inn fights to keep contract
The Roanoke Times ^ | June 12, 2014 | Staff

Posted on 06/15/2014 11:14:03 AM PDT by abb

The operator of the Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway who defied the federal government shutdown last year now must fight to keep his contract.

Bruce O'Connell has operated the inn for 40 years, the Asheville Citizen-Times (http://avlne.ws/1xNysyN) reported.

O'Connell kept the inn open last year, even though the federal government shutdown brought an order to close during the funding dispute in Washington.

The park concession contract is open for bid.

O'Connell says he's not worried about fallout from his high-profile fight last year. He's more worried that a number of similar contracts recently have gone to big companies with lots of resources.

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts last year won a 10-year contract for management of Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Bedford, Virginia, as well as its retail stores and shuttle service. The company is a leader in hospitality operations with park concessions in Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.

"There seems to be a trend, or a movement, which is encouraging the little guys to go away and the big guys to come in," he said.

O'Connell is hoping to win the contract for another 10 years.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blueridge; nps; pisgahinn
Recall the fight last October over the "government shutdown."
1 posted on 06/15/2014 11:14:03 AM PDT by abb
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To: don-o

Ping.

http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2014/06/11/pisgah-inn-operator-faces-contract-fight/10333523/


2 posted on 06/15/2014 11:14:31 AM PDT by abb
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To: abb
been there a couple three times, last was in 95, damn shame...
3 posted on 06/15/2014 11:18:22 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

Mrs. abb and I stayed last August. Views from the restaurant picture windows are unmatched anywhere.


4 posted on 06/15/2014 11:20:07 AM PDT by abb
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To: abb

NO ONE crosses the DICTATOR...NO ONE SURVIVES HIS MEAN STREAK!!


5 posted on 06/15/2014 11:20:24 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: abb

“There seems to be a trend, or a movement, which is encouraging the little guys to go away and the big guys to come in,” he said. “

Of course, they have to most money to hand over to big government.

We have to keep the government/corporate complex growing.


6 posted on 06/15/2014 11:20:34 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: abb
100%
7 posted on 06/15/2014 11:23:00 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: abb

It will be interesting to see the characteristics of his “replacements.”


8 posted on 06/15/2014 11:25:33 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Ann Archy

‘NO ONE crosses the DICTATOR...NO ONE SURVIVES HIS MEAN STREAK!!’

The Zero is a very petty man or whatever he is.


9 posted on 06/15/2014 11:26:43 AM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: abb



10 posted on 06/15/2014 11:30:21 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for posting them.


11 posted on 06/15/2014 11:32:24 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain
most welcome... the Shenandoah Valley then down the Blue Ridge Parkway and over the Great Smokey Mountains is one of the best road trips in America
12 posted on 06/15/2014 11:41:07 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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13 posted on 06/15/2014 11:47:58 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: abb

I think that the concession owner for Acadia Park in Maine went from a local company to a large outfit also.


14 posted on 06/15/2014 11:52:52 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: abb

I’ve been to Peaks of Otter many times in the past. It was a wonderful little place. I’m afraid that a big “national” company will ruin it by focusing on the ROI for the investors.


15 posted on 06/15/2014 11:58:59 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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Large companies will comply with orders.


16 posted on 06/15/2014 12:02:49 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: abb

He made a public stand against THE GAY MEDIA MESSIAH.
That simply cannot be allowed. One of the minions will assure whatever financial losses have to be taken, to make sure that an example is made here.

Count on it.

These are VERY vindictive people.


17 posted on 06/15/2014 12:41:12 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: abb
Used to play music in several bands up on Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Forest. The pay was low but worth a day in the high mountains. Right after Obama’s first election, all bands were told they could not play any Christian music in the National Forest. No hymns. Many libs were okay with that but many others refused to even offer to bid for the gigs. What I found most disturbing was these same administrators had no problem scheduling Muslim events. I felt that only Christians weren't allowed.
18 posted on 06/15/2014 12:55:00 PM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: Ann Archy

“Politics is about rewarding your friends and punishing your enemies”. The Chicago way. From the mouth of the corrupt one himself.

He is a piece of slime. Wouldn’t it be nice in life to see him get what he deserves.


19 posted on 06/15/2014 1:33:01 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Chode
the Shenandoah Valley then down the Blue Ridge Parkway and over the Great Smokey Mountains is one of the best road trips in America

Well, after traveling the world with my husband some years ago, I am going to see OUR country now. Husband is gone but he would be glad to know what I'm doing.

I've see New York City (and now know why it's called the Big Apple), Yellowstone (and Grand Tetons), parts of Texas and the Grand Canyon. This fall I've visiting Boston for a tour of the changing of the leaves and in November I'm going down the Mississippi in a paddle wheeler from Memphis to New Orleans, with three extra days in New Orleans.

Next year: more USA...Shenandoah Valley and the Great Smokey Mountains (right down the Blue Ridge Parkway).

20 posted on 06/16/2014 6:04:39 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain
outstanding!!! fall in the north east is simply stunning

i've been to Yellowstone, the Tetons and the Canyon, always wanted to do the Mississippi

enjoy

21 posted on 06/16/2014 7:44:10 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: abb
The Pisgah Inn is a lucrative business. O'Connell is going to lose his contract to an 0bama supporter.

Count on it.

22 posted on 06/16/2014 7:54:09 AM PDT by Gritty (The war is over. We won. - Michael Yon, Top Iraq War Correspondent, 07/21/2008)
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To: headstamp 2

23 posted on 06/16/2014 7:56:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: abb
Sunrise from the dining room of the Pisgah Inn: get8 asp

24 posted on 06/16/2014 8:00:20 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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