This week, Jackson County Supervisors announced plans for a new road straight into D'Iberville, but that project has some locals concerned. The new road will connect Jackson County with the booming D'Iberville business center on Sangani Boulevard. The idea is to pull business into Jackson County, but some locals fear the opposite will happen. Jackson County plans to build a new road, connecting residents north of I-10 with D'Iberville’s shopping mecca. That doesn't sit well with one manager of a business in downtown Ocean Springs.
Lee Ceccorulli, a business owner, says, “Progress is great and I do appreciate that, but I do believe it takes away business from the downtown area. There is so much more progress to the west of us and it’s taking everything that way and we are getting left behind.” The 12 million dollar project will build a three lane road that will connect Sangani Boulevard with Highway 605. Jackson County Supervisors are hoping to cash in on D'Iberville's success. Mike Mangum, a Jackson County Supervisor, says, “I think it will draw that type of activity into Jackson County. It will just be a continuation of that road with the same activity going down it.” Jackson County is in the process of acquiring the land and the right of way for the road. Ceccorulli also says, “I'm one of those who’s going over there for entertainment. So if I'm doing it, imagine what others are doing. The best thing to do is try to draw back this way.”
If approved, construction could begin in January of 2016. Mangum closes, “The people who want to do business in D'Iberville, they are doing it today.” Jackson County officials tell News 25 that once the road is built, developers will soon follow.