(Secretary of State Delbert) Hosemann announced that the state had received final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct a 170-foot pier on the north side of the state-owned barrier island.

“Access to Deer Island has always been dependent upon having a boat,” Hosemann said. “Those days are about to change.”

Construction of the pier is being funded by $360,000 in Tidelands funds allocated by the Mississippi Legislature. Hosemann said his office partnered with the Department of Marine Resources and the Department of Wildlife & Fisheries to being the project to fruition.

“With Deer Island located less than a mile from the Gulf Coast, this was the ideal opportunity to promote eco-tourism on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” Hosemann said. “Our goal is to have visitors stay ‘one more day.’  Hopefully, this new access pier to Deer Island will give tourists incentive to do just that.

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