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Contact: Brent Everitt
Ocean Springs, Miss. – Gulf Islands National Seashore officials have completed all assessments and cleanup operations on the Mississippi islands, with the exception of West Ship Island. Normal operations will resume on Cat, East Ship, Horn, West Petit Bois (Sand), and Petit Bois Islands immediately. Ferry trips to West Ship Island have been cancelled for the remainder of the season, and the islands developed areas, boardwalks, restrooms, historic fort, and pier, are closed to all visitor use or access.
All national seashore areas, including the islands managed by the National Park Service off the Mississippi coast, were closed Friday, October 6, as Hurricane Nate approached the Gulf Coast. The category one storm caused moderate to significant damage to piers, boardwalks, and other facilities on the islands and the mainland. A full list of closures and impacts can be found at www.nps.gov/guis/learn/news.htm. Park status updates are 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.