After 20 years in the making, the City of D'Iberville finally broke ground on the Scarlet Pearl Casino Tuesday.
Dirt was seen flying through the air, as D'Iberville celebrated the groundbreaking of its long awaited casino project, the Scarlet Pearl. Rusty Quave, the Mayor of D’Iberville, says, "It’s a good day for the citizens of the City of D'Iberville. Hopefully some jobs will come available for construction workers early on, and then when the casino gets up and running, anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 jobs."
Developers say the $250 million casino will not only create jobs, but lasting memories for those who experience its one-of-a-kind amenities. George Toth, the C.E.O. of the Scarlet Pearl, says, "We want to bring excitement to D'Iberville, obviously we want to create jobs, very important to me to create jobs and good jobs, and we want to create memories both on that miniature golf course, in the restaurants, and in the casino."
The 36 hole miniature golf course is one draw developers say that will make the Scarlet Pearl stand out amongst the rest. Nory Hazaveh, a designer with Sosh Architecture, says, "It gives a large group of people to play simultaneously, it has its own access way, its own facilities, and is open to the general public." Hazaveh says he was inspired by all of the light, air, and water in the area and tried to incorporate a southern feel into the design of the casino. Hazaveh also says, "We tried to make it as light and airy as we can, from the design of the tower to the design of the rooms, space inside the lobby and casino, to get the whole southern architecture feeling."
The construction of the Scarlet Pearl will last approximately 18 months. They hope to open their doors at the end of 2015. When complete, the 300 room hotel will include 8 ft. ceilings and glass walls, giving the tower a light weight feel while reflecting the water that surrounds the area.