UNDEVELOPED SEASHORE AREAS IN ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI
An irregularly shaped bay, forming part of the boundary between Alabama and Florida, 13 miles west of Pensacola Bay entrance and 26 miles east of Mobile Bay entrance, containing several small beaches. The water is shallow, dark in color, but with no surf or tide. The beaches are 20 to 30 feet wide, about 1/2 mile long, and light brown in color, and the sand is fine. There are no dunes or marshes but interesting cliffs of some 40 feet in height. Dense forest cover extends from near the shore and back to the uplands. The timber is composed mostly of pine, black oak, live oak, magnolia, red bay, maple and myrtle. A strip of shoreland about 1/2 mile in depth and containing approximately 2,000 acres would provide recreation opportunities for picnicking, camping and swimming. This possibility should be given consideration in a region where there is a paucity of such opportunities.
The barrier reefs on both sides of Perdido Pass, a water passage that connects Perdido Bay with the Gulf of Mexico, known as Alabama Point and Florida Point, possess beaches of good quality. The slope of the foreshore and beaches is gentle and the sand is fine, white and clean. Sand dunes are numerous and rise to a height of 15 to 20 feet. Vegetative cover is principally grass and low shrubs. The beach area at Alabama Point is 1 mile in extent and at Florida Point, 2 miles. The State of Alabama plans to build groins on both sides of the pass, bridge the 1/4-mile pass from Alabama Point to Florida Point and develop the 2-mile section of Florida Point as a State beach area.
This barrier-reef island, 15 miles long and from one-half to one mile in width, lies off the coast of Alabama, between Petit Bois and the main seaward passage to Mobile Bay. There are scattered pine on the eastern portion, salt marsh in the center, and dunes and beach on the western portion. The dunes are numerous and low; the beaches are wide and clean but somewhat steep. There are indications of erosion at both ends of the island. Fort Gaines is located at the eastern end of the island. A causeway has been recently completed connecting the island to the mainland. Development companies are rapidly absorbing the island. The westernmost end of the island (3 miles) is undeveloped and is worthy of consideration for public seashore recreation purposes.
Petit Bois Island
The island is 10 miles south-southeast of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and is the easternmost island of the four off the Mississippi coast. It is 9 miles long and averages slightly less than 1/2 mile in width. In general, it is an area of beach, dunes, salt and fresh-water marshes, a few small fresh-water ponds, and some palmetto and pine cover. The sand beach is wide, flat and clean. The dunes are fairly high and stable. The timber has been cut over and only a few scattered groups of tall pine remain. The island is undeveloped and accessible only by boat. The eastern half of the island is a wildlife refuge. If the island becomes accessible, through the linking together of these offshore islands as proposed, it will be more valuable as a potential seashore recreation area.
This T-shaped sand island lying 8 miles off the mainland, south of Gulfport and Pass Christian, is wooded for most of its length and has very little vegetative cover across the "top" of the T. This latter portion has wide, clean beaches, low, drifting dunes, and an irregular and deeply-pocketed offshore. The southern tip of the island is awash at high tide and there are evidences of erosion at the northern end. The island is undeveloped except for a pier and a few small buildings. It is reputed to be owned by a few wealthy sportsmen, and is accessible only by boat. The island is not as desirable as Horn or Ship Islands and does not possess their potentialities for seashore recreation.
Last Updated: 25-Jun-2007