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Incorporated as a city in 1972, Waveland is a Mississippi Gulf Coast city that was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Camille in 1969 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The city is in southeastern Hancock County, in southern Mississippi. Bay St. Louis is adjacent to Waveland on the northeast. Other nearby communities include Clermont Harbor and Lakeshore. Diamondhead, Mississippi is less than ten miles north of Waveland. The area was once part of old Shieldsboro, which is now Bay St. Louis, and was known as Montgomery Station and Grand Bend before becoming a separate municipality in 1888, and a city in 1972. Andrew Jackson once owned land on what is now known as Jackson Ridge in Waveland, much of which is now part of Buccaneer State Park. Waveland is the only city on the Gulf Coast that prohibits commercial buildings on the beach. Several events take place in Waveland each year, including the Krewe of Nereids, a women’s carnival association, as well as the St. Patrick’s Parade, Wave Fest, and the Festival of Lights.

 

 

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