Tourism options on the Coast

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While beaches in the Hancock County area and Harrison County area are feeling the effects of toxic algal blooms in the Mississippi Sound, there are still many options for recreation along the Coast.

Beaches in Gulfport are experiencing minimal turnout due to toxic algae blooms in the water, but there’s still no shortage of things to do here on the Coast. The Newsome family from Alabama came to the beach to go swimming. Tourist Kelvin Newsome said, “Well, I really want to get in the water, but I’d rather just play in the sand with the children.”

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Coastal Mississippi CEO Milton Segarra said, “The beaches are open, only in those you can not go into the water, but many other activities can be done.”

Tourism organization Coastal Mississippi is highlighting the variety of other entertainment options in the area visitors can enjoy. “You could do some other activities, in our rivers, you could go to the casinos, the entertainment, the museums, the attractions, there are so many things to do,” said Segarra.

August Steffens traveled down to the Coast with his family from Wisconsin and he enjoyed some of the kid-friendly attractions for families in the area. “There’s a lot of close by things like go-karts, there’s laser-tag, there’s arcades.”

Coastal Mississippi is confident the variety of recreational options here will help sustain tourism in the coming weeks. “I think when people see how diverse we are as a destination that will help lower the possibilities of a bigger impact.”

Tourists here are not letting the water conditions stop them from returning to the Coast in the future. “Yeah, probably next summer,” said Steffens.

Newsome said, “Yes, I plan on coming back.”

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Grant Chighizola was raised in Picayune, Mississippi and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2019 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Political Science. As a lover of sports, he served as the Sports Editor for USM’s student newspaper, the Student Printz, and hosted a weekly sports talk show on the school’s radio station. He also served as an Anchor/Reporter for USM’s student run newscast, Hub City TV, covering news and sports. When not out in the field, Grant enjoys spending time with family, reading a good book, and catching up on the latest sporting events.

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