Hilda Strayham has lived across from an empty lot in D'Iberville since 1962. For the past several years, the city has been working to bring a casino resort to that land. Strayham says, "If the casino comes, I'll be happy, but I don't like the vacant property here. I wish they would do something about it." Soon, the city will know if they can finally bring a casino to D'Iberville. The Mississippi Gaming Commission has called a special meeting for next Wednesday. They will consider the application to proceed with construction on the casino. Bobby Eleuterius, the City Manager of D’Iberville, says, "I see no reason for us to be held back any longer and I'm looking forward to Wednesday and I believe that this is the first time that we will move forward." This land has been on hold for several years and many are hoping that at next week’s meeting, the vote will be ‘yes’ to bring a casino to this area.
Jeff Taylor, the City Planner for D’Iberville, says, "Well, the good thing about the casino is it finally is a major economic engine that we need to jump start the redevelopment area which was so devastated by Katrina." The site is east of I-110 on the corner of Central Avenue and Race Track Road. It was formerly known as ‘land holdings one’ and ‘can-can casino.’ The planned name for the casino is ‘Scarlet Pearl.’ The resort would bring millions in economic development to D'Iberville. Taylor also says, "It will bring quite a few million dollars a year in our general fund, job construction for over a year while it's under construction, as well as permanent jobs once it's completed." After years of waiting, Strayham is one of many residents in D'Iberville ready to see if the casino will come. The open meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on December 4th at D'Iberville City Hall.