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Contact: Brent Everitt, 850-934-2612
Ocean Springs, Miss. – Gulf Islands National Seashore will reopen the William M. Colmer Visitor Center complex tomorrow Wednesday, October 11. Park road, the visitor center parking area, and picnic area will open at 8:00 am. The William M. Colmer Visitor Center will open at 9:00 am.
National seashore crews from Mississippi and Florida worked throughout the day on Tuesday to clear downed and trees, as well as marine debris that had been washed into the area by storm surge. The visitor center fishing pier, Robert McGhee Road, the boat launch, picnic area, and Davis Bayou Campground remain closed. All campground reservations have been cancelled through Friday, October 13.
Crews will begin conducting assessment surveys of the Mississippi islands (Cat, East Ship, West Ship, Horn, West Petit Bois, and Petit Bois Islands) tomorrow morning. The islands will remain closed to all public access and use until the assessments and any necessary repairs are completed.
A full list of closures and impacts can be found at www.nps.gov/guis/learn/news.htm. Park status updates will be posted online at www.nps.gov/GulfIslands, www.Facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, and www.Twitter.com/GulfIslandsNPS.
About Gulf Islands National Seashore: Created in 1971, the national seashore stretches 160 miles along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida and Mississippi, and includes barrier islands, maritime forests, historic forts, bayous, and marine habitat. Visit us at www.nps.gov/guis, on Facebook www.facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/GulfIslandsNPS, Instagram www.Instagram.com/GulfIslandsNPS.
About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice and Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice.