The National Seashore Shows Why They Aren’t A Good Neighbor Yet Again

seashore – Food trucks won’t be allowed in the Cape Cod National Seashore this summer but might be there next year.

The Cape Cod National Seashore denied a request by Truro food-truck vendor Joseph Rugo to operate at several government-owned locations within the boundaries of the 44,000-acre park. His request was the first in several years and Seashore Superintendent George Price said he needs to fully understand the management issues before allowing the food trucks.

After being turned down by both Truro and the Seashore, Rugo turned to the town of Wellfleet. Late last month, he received permission from the Board of Selectmen to operate at the town-owned Baker’s Field, near Mayo Beach, through the summer.

His first day in Wellfleet was Thursday but he still has his eye on other sites.

“Ideally, I’d like to be at the National Seashore next year,” he said last week.

The Seashore, with boundaries crossing the six outermost towns on the Cape, was visited by 4.5 million people in 2013, according to National Park Service statistics. In 2013, the park was ranked the 13th busiest, out of 369 National Park Service facilities nationwide.

He sells tacos with Jamaican and Asian flavors, smoothies, Mexican street corn and other inexpensive food, catering mostly to the town recreation department’s daily activities and evening concerts.

I’ve just about had it with The National Seashore. Up until I started writing for The Real Cape I always thought they were just a bunch of friendly nature lovers that are probably very agreeable and good neighbors. Now I realize that they are just another big ass federal agency mired in bureaucratic and political bullshit.

We’ve already gone over how they hate Cape Cod and its local inhabitants in this older post, and now we have more evidence to prove it. Who doesn’t like tacos with Jamaican and Asian flavors? Mexican street corn, well, I have no idea what that is but it sounds great. Oh and it’s all inexpensive, so there’s no way they should possibly allow the 4.5 million people that visit the Seashore to enjoy any of that right?

This quote has to be the single most perfect example of federal bureaucratic excellence ever put to print:

“the Seashore’s concessions management specialist Angela Harris is new to her job and will need about a year to get up to speed on the issue, he said.

It is up to the superintendent of each park to decide whether to allow food trucks, Price said.

“Angela — and we — need to understand it before we entertain it,” Price said”

Jesus, Mary, mother of Joseph! Could you imagine if you were the “concessions management specialist” at a private firm? How long do you think would be the acceptable time frame for you to “get up to speed” on an issue about concessions? Umm… by day one maybe? Since you are the fucking “concessions management specialist” and all? Imagine going to Dunkin’ Donuts and being told that you would need to come back next year because their “coffee management specialist” needed a year or so to learn how to use the coffee maker, this is pretty much the same thing.

I would write more on this subject but I’ll just finish this blog next year, it’ll take we a while to get up to speed on the story.

P.S. Hey Joe, get in touch, you are more than welcome to sell your delicious, inexpensive food at The Real Cape Music Festival.

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