Bay Saint Louis is one of 20 towns nominated for a spot as Favorite Coastal Small Town in America. We can take the top prize with your help!
- Story by Caitlin Bourgeois
At the time of this writing, Bay Saint Louis is Number 7 on the leaderboard. The current Number One spot is held by a small town in Wisconsin that is on the shores of Lake Superior.
When this contest was held in 2019, Bay Saint Louis took home the number 5 spot. The nominee with the most votes for best coastal small town in 2019 was Sandusky, Ohio.
After being named as the Best Place to Live in the state from Mississippi Magazine’s “Best of Mississippi” contest, the possibility of a nationwide win is exciting. Tish Haas Williams, executive director of the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce, knows that recognition is the best thing for the county’s small businesses.
“Over the past decade Bay St Louis has been recognized by many publications, including USA Today, for these well-deserved designations,” said Williams. “Those of us who live here already know we’re the best coastal town in the US. And the best thing we can do for our businesses is to let the world in on our little secret! All are welcome here.”
The contest will run until June 29, and voters are allowed to vote once a day until the deadline. The USA Today website has made it convenient for voters to simply click the link, click “Vote,” and view their choice’s current standing. No email entries deter voters from getting their town to the Number One spot.
The top ten towns will be announced on July 10 – still prime season for summer travels. A win from one of the best-read publications in the country would help Bay Saint Louis bounce back from COVID-19 closures and the beach closures caused by algae blooms in 2019.
With more exciting plans in the works for Bay Saint Louis this summer, clinching the Number One spot could bring lots of interest to the small town.
“The best opportunity for people to see the Bay first-hand is during the Hancock County Parade of Homes on Saturday, July 18, from noon to 5pm,” Williams said.
The Shoofly Magazine will be working all month to help publicize the contest and garner votes. Here’s our “How to Help BSL Take First Place” list: