Speak Out About The Future Of Gulf Islands Nat'l Seashore

If you have ever visited the Gulf Islands National Seashore in Ocean Springs you know it is a peaceful, beautiful way to get closer to nature.

The park service is now working on what changes it might need to make during the next ten to twenty years. We say leave it the way it is.

The park in Ocean Springs has hiking trails, picnic tables and some overnight camping and RV slots, and this is all free to anyone who wants to use the park. The park also offers plenty of educational programs.

We as citizens just need to take advantage of these programs so we can learn more about our beautiful coastal area.

As far as the barrier islands go, we sure don't want to see any commercial development on the islands. Horn Island has never had any scheduled commercial boat trips. It should stay that way to keep Horn Island as one of the most pristine barrier islands in America.

If you want to visit a barrier island the park service already has commercial service to Ship and Cat Islands. There are plenty of opportunities on these islands to beach comb and swim in the Gulf Of Mexico.

That's our view. What do you think should be the future of Gulf Islands National Seashore? The Park Service wants your input. You can pick up a survey at the Ocean Springs park, or click here to fill out a survey online. Take time to be heard.

You can also mail your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager