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Jack's Boathouse takes battle to court

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It looks like the fight to save Jack's Boathouse will be settled in court.

The owner of the Georgetown boat rental business, Paul Simkin, says he was served an eviction notice Friday, the same day the National Park Service announced that B & G Outdoor Recreation of Boston would be moving in.

Attorneys for Jack's Boathouse will be heading to court Monday to try and stop the eviction.

And Simkin says he'll sue B and G Outdoor before he lets them put one oar in the water.

"They're not coming here, and we aren't going anywhere," Simkin says.

In the announcement about the new contract, the NPS says bids for the property "were accepted through February 6, 2013, but Jack's Canoes and Kayaks did not respond."

Simkin says that's because they had a restraining order from federal court giving them more time to sort things out.

He says the letter states in part, "The NPS indicates its agreement not to take any action against the plaintiff until March 31, 2013. So that's why this is all the more confusing, March 1st, to be given an eviction notice," Simkin says.

So once again, the boathouse, and its 27 employees are in limbo. So are the thousands of people who frequent the business each year.

Simkin says the support from the public and city leaders has been overwhelming, and so has the loyalty from employees

While he can't guarantee they'll have a job this summer, Simkin says every one of them, says they'll be there if they do.

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