Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District, with funding from NOAA's Coastal Zone Management Program through a contract with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, conducted a 2008 inventory of public access sites in the three Mississippi coastal counties. Purpose of the inventory was two-fold: the inventory updated a previous inventory published in 2001 and also assessed the condition of public access sites following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The site survey has resulted in practical tools that may be useful to jurisdictional officials and the general public. One of these tools is a handbook of public access sites, which provides an alphabetical listing of sites by county, photographs, location and contact information, type of facility and amenities, and condition of the site following Hurricane Katrina. The second tool is a map that offers a visual depiction of the sites, including location, photographs, available amenities, and a brief summary of the condition of the site following Hurricane Katrina. Updates to these tools have continued through Phase III of the project and form the basis for a comprehensive Public Access Management Strategy - to be completed in 2012 -- for DMR's coastal zone program.
CLICK HERE to view the DMR Public Access Map.
CLICK HERE to download the Hancock County, DMR Public Access Inventory Handbook.
CLICK HERE to download the Harrison County, DMR Public Access Inventory Handbook.
CLICK HERE to download the Jackson County, DMR Public Access Inventory Handbook.