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Jack's Boathouse eviction put on hold

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According to the Washington Post, the National Park Service's plans to evict Jack's Boathouse have been put on hold.

Jack's Boathouse, a fixture on the Georgetown waterfront since 1945, found out this week its lease wasn't being renewed.

Paul Simkin, the current owner, says he was given 30 days to get out, and he was given no explanation. ABC7 didn't get any answers back from the Park Service.

The Washington Post reports the National Park Service put its plans on hold after receiving a "flood of messages voicing concern."

Jack's Boathouse is popular with kayakers and rowers and many of them say they were upset with the news.

Simkin tells ABC7 there has been no trouble with the agency, but he realizes he's on a sought-after site.

If the eviction is carried out, Simkin will have to find somewhere to store 300 rental boats along with 150 private vessels owners store at the boathouse.

And he would have to tell his 27 workers they're out of a job.

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