(CBSDC/AP) — Jack’s Boathouse located on the Georgetown Waterfront will remain open after an outpouring of calls and emails to the National Park Service.

The kayak-rental business has been part of the Georgetown landscape since 1945 and served 72,000 visitors this past summer.

“We can’t even begin to thank everyone for their support,” said the company’s facebook post in reaction to the news that they would not be evicted.

In an article by The Georgetowner on December 21st the National Park Service informed the company that they must vacate the property at the end of the month.

Supporters of 70-year old establishment began a facebook page to show their support, made phone calls, sent emails and signed petitions to protect the business from shutting down.

In statements made by Park Service spokeswoman Carol Johnson the month-to-month lease had gone unchanged since 1982 and was not under the same name as the current owner.

NPS says it wants to align the business with other facilities across the country.

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