Gulf Islands National Seashore Celebrates 30 Years

  Thirty years ago today, President Richard Nixon signed legislation to preserve barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico.  This gave birth to the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

  Last year, nearly five million people visited the the parks from Northeast Florida to the Mississipi Gulf Coast. 
For the last thirty years, the delicate enivorment of the barrier islands has been the responsiblity of the Gulf Island National Seashores.

  When you go out to these islands your really getting the chance to see a world seperate from what we have on the coast.  The Davis Bayou Park in Ocean Springs tries to balance enviromental issues along with public interest and access to the islands. A

ccording to 2000 numbers, almost one million people did have the chance to enjoy the barriers islands just here in Mississippi...

  Ocean Springs' Chamber of Commerse says the park has been a cornerstone in their tourism and marketing of the city.  The parks have been the largest draw for years. Long before Oceans springs was real tourist designation, I think they were here and well recieved by the community and by those visiting.

The park rangers says their excited about it 30th annivsary, but are even more excited about the island's future.

Ken Flanagan