Region looking for expressions of interest for Fort Point Lighthouse

Barb McKenna barb.mckenna@tc.tc
Published on December 21, 2016

The region is looking for expressions for the Fort Point Lighthouse again this year.

LIVERPOOL - The Region of Queens Municipality is once again looking for a private operator for the historic Fort Point Lighthouse.

“Fort Point Lighthouse, the Province’s third oldest lighthouse, is again providing the opportunity for a third party to both run the attraction and provide signature tourism experiences for visitors.” says a release from the region.

A request for proposals (RFP) has been put out by the Region of Queens Municipality, requesting that the opportunity is there for individuals, businesses and non profit organizations to submit a proposal to operate the facility.

This popular scenic spot amidst Liverpool’s Colonial residences continues to draw lighthouse aficionados who love that the lighthouse provides the opportunity to actually go inside, hear about the history of the lighthouse and the area, climb the tour and toot the hand-cranked fog horn.

It is an opportunity for good ideas to be come to life with limited risk to the successful organization. 2016 was the pilot season for having a third party operate the facility, which was formerly operated as a museum and gift shop by the Region of Queens.  This past season, Lane’s Privateer Inn was the successful applicant and they created the Lane’s at the Lighthouse experience, together with the popular Lighthouse Picnics at Fort Point Lighthouse Park.  This venture garnered national attention from tourism bloggers and media. 

The Region of Queens has now opened up the opportunity to secure a three-year agreement to operate the facility, while still providing some of the essential supports to ease the burden of running the building.  An RFP package can be obtained by downloading it from the Region of Queens website at www.regionofqueens.com  or in person at the Economic Development Department, Region of Queens Administration building, 249 White Point Road, Liverpool.

Proposals will be accepted until Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Local Time, with the contract commencing in the Spring of 2017.

The lighthouse had been operated by the Region of Queens Municipality until last year, when it was tendered out to a private enterprise. Lane’s Privateer Inn took over operation for the summer months.