The region was severely damaged by Hurricane Camille in 1969 and again by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. At this time the Mississippi Gulf Coast is up an running, however a drive down the beach still shows the scares and empty lots brought on by Hurricane Katrina's devestation which destroyed more than 75,000 homes and more than 10,000 businesses.
The term Gulf Coast refers to the state's Southern region, but generally refers to the towns which lie either directly on the coastline or along its bays. You will find that the people of the Gulf Coast counties and towns often traveling through the area for both work and leisure activities.
Hancock County includes the cities of Waveland, Bay St. Louis, and Diamondhead.
Harrison County includes the cities of Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport, Biloxi, and D'Iberville.
Jackson County includes the cities of Ocean Springs, Gautier, Pascagoula, and Moss Point.