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Gulf Breeze, Fla. – Gulf Islands National Seashore working with its partners have determined that West Ship Island facilities and ferries will delay the start of the season until March 24, 2018. The island had originally been scheduled to open on March 15, however work to repair hurricane damaged facilities has been delayed. National seashore staff, private contractors, and ferry staff are actively working to complete repairs in order to open.
All national seashore areas, including the islands managed by the National Park Service off the Mississippi coast, were closed Friday, October 6, 2017, 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. Many of the islands reopened on October 18, 2017. However, the damage to facilities at West Ship Island forced an early end to the 2017 season. Normally the island’s facilities would have remained open through October.
Visitors can find ticket prices, schedules, and other information about the West Ship Island ferry can be found at www.msshipisland.com. The ferry will run Wednesday through Sunday through mid-May and then seven days a week through mid-August, returning to Wednesday through Sunday for the remainder of the season. Learn more about visiting West Ship Island on the park’s website at https://www.nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/west-ship-island.htm.
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/GulfIslands, on Facebook www.facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/GulfIslandsNPS, and 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.