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Paradise Ocean Club in Fort Monroe to close permanently after National Park Service completes lease renewal negotiations

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – The Paradise Ocean Club in Fort Monroe is permanently closing on Labor Day.

In a social media post, Paradise Ocean Club owner Baxter Simmons said the National Park Service had terminated lease renewal negotiations “without cause”.

According to 10 On Your Side’s Brett Hall, Simmons says he was told NPS officials “decided to change the view of the property.”

The latest comes after NPS officials limited hours at Fort Monroe’s North Beach this summer. The park service implemented the curfew after a woman was shot in the elbow last Sunday. They say she was shot after someone pulled out a gun amid an argument outside the club.

Simmons told 10 On Your Side that about 100,000 people walk through the doors of Paradise Ocean Club each summer.

On the club’s website, Paradise Ocean Club posted a petition link for guests and residents to register and show their support.

As of 9 p.m. Friday, the petition had garnered more than 500 signatures.

“I think the Paradise Ocean Club has been a great addition to the Fort Monroe National Monument and a real asset to the community,” the petition reads.

The club has been part of the community since 2012. According to the club, it recently secured a 10-year lease negotiation from the National Park Service in March. It’s the only place on the Virginia coast where alcohol can be served legally on the beach.

“We will fight to try and get back at some point, but for now this holiday weekend will be our last for good,” the post said. “We will miss everyone and hopefully we can show National Parks the error of their ways.

This is breaking news and will be updated.

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