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Ship Island Excursions charts new course after COVID-19 and Cristobal

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Published on June 12, 2020 -

Ship Island Excursions charts new course after COVID-19 and Cristobal

It’s been almost a week since Cristobal unleashed heavy rain and strong winds throughout our area, but some local businesses are still reeling in the wake of this tropical storm.

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Ship Island Excursions charts new course after COVID-19 and Cristobal

In the low 70s ...- it's been almost a week since - cristobal unleashed heavy - rain and strong winds throughou- our area, but some- local businesses are still- reeling in the wake of this - tropical- storm.- news 25's toni miles shows us - how one business- anchored here in south- mississippi for decades is- having to change- course in the wake of this - ye- another challenge - - spawned in 2020.- - "try to spread out from the others - you- know, the six feet rule?"

Captain louis skrmetta has been- at the helm of ship islands - excursions for 45 years-but 202- has marked uncharted- territory for this seasoned - seaman.

Captain louis skrmetta,- ship island excursions: "this i been one of the most- stressful years i've ever - experienced.

We've experienced- hurricanes, but - hurricanes usually come in at - the end of the season.

This - tropical storm came in- right at the beginning of our - peak tour season, which is goin- to be devastating for - our business."

<nats>- and there's been a lot of - explaining to do.

- <nats>- just ask these visitors who - stopped by friday in hopes- of catching a trip out to ship- island.

- captain louis skrmetta, ship- island excursions: "we got hit with the covid-19 - right at the beginning of the - season, so we were shut down al- the way through memorial- weekend.

Then we got the green- light to finally open on june - 10th, and then we got - hit with the storm right before- june 10th.

It's just been one - thing after another."

<covid> "as you know the dock was damaged, heavily damaged, - about 60- feet of pier missing.

The park- service is working as hard as - they can to repair it,- but it's going to take a while.- maybe, they're estimating six t- eight weeks.

We hope- that's not the case.

We hope we- can get a temporary fix and - maybe be in action- before the fourth of july.

It's- been a heck of a challenge for- the park service and our- operation to get back in- business."

Toni miles, news 25: "due to this latest challenge, ship - island excursions shifting- gears and adding a new, - additional course.

Starting nex- friday, they'll be- adding sunset cruises into thes- - - - dolphin watching tours."

Captai louis skrmetta, ship island - excursions: "the sunset cruise involves- a relaxing tour of the coast- line.

You'll see gulfport from- the water, which is - beautiful, at night, especially- with the lights.

Of course, - there will be a sunset right- around 8:30."

Until then, you can hop on boar- and take a dolphin viewing- cruise like angie story and her- four grandsons from missouri.

- angie story, tourist: "they've never been out on a big boat in- - - - the ocean, and they love to fis- at home in the regular boat, so- we decided to come out in the - big boat."

And starting next week, these - dolphin cruises will launch - daily - from the gulfport harbor at 1:3- pm... in the meantime, captain- skrmetta will be keeping his ey- - - - on the horizon hoping to be - freed up by independence day to- get trips - to ship island back up and- running again.- in gulfport, toni miles, news - 25.

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