Home » NEWS » Federal shutdown at end, but too late for Gulf Islands cleanup

Federal shutdown at end, but too late for Gulf Islands cleanup

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Even though the federal shutdown has ended, Gulf Islands National Seashore is not participating in this Saturday’s Mississippi Coastal Cleanup.

Yesterday, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources sent out a news release about the barrier islands being closed for the cleanup. Despite the federal government being reopened late yesterday, the islands will remain closed and will not be a part of this year’s event.

“All of the supplies and volunteers assigned to the islands have been redistributed to other locations along the Coast, and we expect to have a very successful Coastal Cleanup on the event’s 25th anniversary,” said DMR public information officer Melissa Scanlon in a release.

Gulf Islands National Seashore includes Cat, West and East Ship, Horn, Petit Bois and Sand islands as well as Davis Bayou.

GINS volunteers are encouraged to visit www.mscoastalcleanup.org or go to www.facebook.com/mscoastalcleanup for a complete list of cleanup sites and to download a registration form, which they can bring with them on Saturday and turn in at their selected site. All of the remaining sites in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties as well as Deer Island will be open and participating in the Mississippi Coastal Cleanup.

“It’s unfortunate the islands will be unavailable for cleanup this weekend, but we will not let it dampen our enthusiasm to clean up the other areas of the Coast,” said Jamie Miller, executive director of the DMR.

“The more than 200 boaters and other volunteers who had signed up to clean the barrier islands or Davis Bayou have been contacted via email and invited to participate at any of the more than 60 other designated Coastal Cleanup sites,” said Lauren Thompson, MDMR public relations manager and state coordinator for the Mississippi Coastal Cleanup. “I am grateful to all of our volunteers and hope that those affected by the government shutdown will not allow that to diminish their volunteer spirit and that they will still come out and join us on Saturday, rain or shine.”

For those who still want to participate by boat, extra supplies will be available at the check-in table between the boat launch and the pier at the harbor end of Front Beach in Ocean Springs and at the check-in table at the boat launch at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor for volunteers interested in cleaning Deer Island. For more information call 228-380-5907 or 228-324-9292.

 

BEFORE YOU GO…

… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About MBJ Staff

One comment

  1. how can you close the islands to cleanup? are there going to be officers floating in boats telling us we can’t get to the islands? those are our islands not theres, they (government) don’t ever send crews working on the islands to clean them up. we clean our own islands and have been since i’ve been going to them some 40 years ago. not once have i seen a government employee cleaning our islands. give me a break and go clean our islands , the heck with them, if it wasn’t for us the people who visit the islands the islands WOULD NOT GET CLEANED, SEQUESTER OR NOT.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*