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Biloxi in Harrison County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Deer Island Coastal Preserve

 
 
Deer Island Coastal Preserve Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
1. Deer Island Coastal Preserve Marker
Inscription. Through most of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th, Deer Island was owned and occupied by the Baker Family, descendents of Josephus Aiken, who acquired ownership by a patent signed by President James K. Polk. In 1951, Robert D. Sanders, an industrialist and philanthropist from Jackson, Mississippi, purchased all but the western extremity of the island. The last of the Aiken and Baker descendants had moved to the mainland by that time, but the family retained ownership of a portion of the island.

In subsequent years, the island remained unoccupied. The abandoned structures on the island were destroyed by times and the elements, and the island reverted to its natural state. With the advent of casino gaming in 1992, pressure mounted for commercial development of Deer Island.

In 2002-03, Secretary of State Eric Clark organized a coalition to arrange for purchase of Deer Island by the State of Mississippi, so that the island could be preserved for the recreational use and enjoyment of the public. The heirs of Robert D. Sanders shared this vision of the future of Deer Island. They agreed to sell their interests so that the project could proceed.

The U.S. Congress provided substantial funds on a matching basis for distribution by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation program. The Mississippi Legislature provided state funding through the issuance of bonds. Additional funding came from the Secretary of State's office and the Commission on Marine Resources. The entire project was facilitated by the Trust for Public Land. Deer Island is now a part of Mississippi's Coastal Preserve System.
 
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Marker with Deer Island in view, on other side of Biloxi Bay and Schooner Pier Complex on right. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
2. Marker with Deer Island in view, on other side of Biloxi Bay and Schooner Pier Complex on right.
the State of Mississippi.
 
Location. 30° 23.534′ N, 88° 52.255′ W. Marker is in Biloxi, Mississippi, in Harrison County. Marker can be reached from Beach Boulevard (U.S. 90) 0.2 miles west of Oak Street. Touch for map. Located south of the parking lot, just off the pier, by the stairs. Marker is at or near this postal address: 367 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi MS 39530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Biloxi's Famous Schooner Races (here, next to this marker); Tullis-Toledano House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tivoli Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birthplace of Barq's (approx. half a mile away); Debuys-Hermann-Keller House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Vance-Gillis House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Slavic Benevolent Association (approx. 0.7 miles away); Church of the Redeemer (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Biloxi.
 
Regarding Deer Island Coastal Preserve. Deer Island is an island off the coast of Biloxi that was once part of the mainland and is not a barrier island. It is the closest island to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and consists of approximately 400 acres.
 
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Deer Island Coastal Preserve Marker with parking lot and Beach Boulevard behind. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
3. Deer Island Coastal Preserve Marker with parking lot and Beach Boulevard behind.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 153 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 23, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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