• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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Gulf Islands Announces Reduction In Lifeguard Coverage

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Date: August 23, 2012
Contact: DeDe Mladucky, 850-934-2615

Gulf Islands National Seashore Announces Reduction of Lifeguard Coverage

Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown announced today that lifeguard coverage on West Ship Island designated swim area will be reduced due to some of the lifeguards returning to school.Lifeguard coverage on West Ship Island will be limited to weekends only (Saturday and Sunday) from August 25, 2012 through Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2012.

Superintendent Brown encourages everyone to come out and have a safe enjoyable Labor Day weekend at Gulf Islands National Seashore.For park information, call the William M. Colmer Visitor Center at 228-230-4100 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/guis.

Did You Know?

Murray Dorty, an African-American Union Civil War re-enactor, stands at attention inside Fort Massachusetts.

The 2nd Regiment of Louisiana Native Guards trained on Ship Island and became the first black unit on April 9, 1863 on the Gulf Frontier. They met Confederate forces in battle during a raid on Pascagoula, MS.