US Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island

District Eight

251 Aquarium Dr., Dauphin Island, AL 36528

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ABOUT

US Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island is part of District Eight, Sector Mobile. Station Dauphin Island is a Search and Rescue Station located on Aquarium Drive in Dauphin Island, Alabama.

 

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile supports a wide range of Coast Guard operations to include search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, marine environmental protection, aids to navigation, and ports, waterways, and coastal security. 

Headquartered in New Orleans, the 8th Coast Guard District is responsible for U.S. Coast Guard operations spanning 26 states, including the Gulf of Mexico coastline from Florida to Mexico, the adjacent offshore waters and outer continental shelf, as well as the inland waterways of the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee River systems.

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ARRIVAL

The closest major airport to Dauphin Island, Alabama is Mobile Regional Airport(MOB / KMOB).
This airport is in Mobile, Alabama and is 38 miles from the center of Dauphin Island.

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.

 

The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.

FOR THE CHILDREN
 

According to Alabama state statute, in order to attend kindergarten, a child must have turned five years of age on or before September 1 of that same school year. The compulsory school age for children in the state is 6 years old. In Alabama, early entry to kindergarten is not an option.

 

In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.

Mobile County Public Schools
Dauphin Island Elementary School
Baker High School

 

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

 
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER

Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.

 

​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

 

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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

 

Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

 

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

 

Dauphin Island Health (251) 690-8889
Since 1979, Family Health has provided comprehensive primary care services throughout Mobile County. There are now ten health center sites spanning from Mount Vernon to Tillman’s Corner to Baldwin County. The sites, which are all designated as Federally Qualified Health Centers, are strategically located where the needs are the greatest and access to care is most limited. Family Health is accredited by the Joint Commission and has been designated as a Primary Care Medical Home through the Joint Commission since 2013.

 

Alabama Department of Human Services (334) 242-1310
The Alabama Department of Human Resources will help families receive the least
disruptive services they need, when they need them, and for only as long as they
need them in order to maintain children in or return them to a safe, stable home.

 

Baldwin Humane Society (251) 928-4585
The Baldwin Humane Society, formerly BARC, is a no-kill adoption agency. Established in 1979, we were the first animal advocacy group in Baldwin County. Our goal is to eliminate the number of abused and abandoned pets through spay/neuter, education, rescue and adoption. As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, we rely entirely upon donations and do not receive any government funding. We rescue, rehabilitate, and find homes for hundreds of abused, abandoned and neglected pets annually.

 

Alabama Highway Patrol (334) 242-4393

Base Operator (251) 861-8602

Housing

Currently, the US Coast Guard does not offer housing at Station Dauphin Island.

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In Dauphin Island, the summers are long, hot, and oppressive; the winters are short, cool, and windy; and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 46°F to 88°F and is rarely below 34°F or above 92°F.

 

The hot season lasts for 4.1 months, from May 24 to September 28, with an average daily high temperature above 83°F. The hottest day of the year is July 26, with an average high of 88°F and low of 76°F. The cool season lasts for 2.8 months, from December 4 to February 28, with an average daily high temperature below 67°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 46°F and high of 62°F.

 

The wetter season lasts 3.1 months, from June 7 to September 9, with a greater than 39% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 57% on July 28. The drier season lasts 8.9 months, from September 9 to June 7. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on October 15.

The average cost of living in Dauphin Island, AL is 104 – that puts it 17% higher than the average of Alabama and 4% higher than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods.

Dauphin Island is a town in Alabama, on the Gulf Coast island of the same name. It’s known for stretches of white sand, like Public Beach. At the entrance to Mobile Bay, 19th-century Fort Gaines features original cannons and a blacksmith shop. Migrating birds can be seen in the forest, dunes and swamp of the Audubon Bird Sanctuary. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Estuarium offers aquariums and a living marsh boardwalk.

 

Dauphin Island, Alabama is three miles south of Mobile Bay in the Gulf of Mexico. Dauphin Island is known as a prime place for relaxing and having fun with family and friends. Dauphin Island’s beaches, with their fine white sands and clear blue water, are considered some of the best in the state. Dauphin Island, Alabama, is easy to access since it is connected to the mainland by a bridge, and ferries regularly transport commuters and tourists between Dauphin Island and mainland communities. Plan a relaxing weekend getaway from Birmingham, Montgomery, Huntsville, Gadsden, Florence, Mobile and other cities.

 

Dauphin Island Public Beach showcases some of the island’s most beautiful landscapes. In addition to the beach itself, visitors can enjoy a variety of nearby trails, parks, and historical exhibits. Dauphin Island Public Beach is unique among beaches in the area since it is pet-friendly.

 

The Estuarium, also known as the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, is home to more than 100 forms of aquatic life. The 10,000 square foot exhibit facility contains upwards of 30 aquariums. Each aquarium focuses on a unique aspect of the Mobile Bay Estuary, an area that is considered to be the fourth largest estuary system in the United States.

 

Fort Gaines, which sits on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island, has protected the entrance of Mobile Bay for more than 150 years. Due to its location near the shoreline, Fort Gaines has endured years of erosion from water, winds, and inclement weather. It is on the list of America’s most endangered historical sites. Aside from the fort itself, the area contains a blacksmith shop, a museum, and a gift shop. Visitors can explore the well-preserved tunnels that connect various parts of the fort. Fort Gaines is open year-round with the exception of certain holidays.

 

The Mobile Bay Ferry connects Dauphin Island to Fort Morgan, Alabama. In addition to shaving hours off of travel time between these two points, the ferry ride, which takes approximately 40 minutes, offers spectacular views of Mobile Bay. The Mobile Bay Ferry operates year-round, and during busy months there are two ferries available to make the bay crossing. Both ferries are equipped to carry vehicles. The ferries are easily accessible to people living in the New Orleans area, Dauphin Island, Mobile, and Fort Morgan. Ticket prices start at $5 for a one-way trip.

 

Shell Mound Park is one of the most well preserved archaeological sites in the American south. The mounds in Shell Mound Park are believed to be the remnants of seafood meals consumed by Native Americans between AD 1100-AD 1550. Archaeological evidence suggests that the mounds were formed during the winter when Native Americans would travel to Dauphin Island from nearby Bottle Creek to cook oysters together.

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