The cast of Party Down South is looking for a home, but they most likely won't be staying in D'Iberville. For months now, the Party Down South production crew has been going from city to city to land its cast a home to film this summer.
One house near Lamey Bridge Road seemed to be the perfect spot, but nearly a month into negotiations with the homeowner, producers decided to pull the plug on the location. Robbie Daniel, the homeowner, says, “They went to D'Iberville and D'Iberville had an issue with this being a residential area.”
Bobby Eleuterius, the City Manager of D’Iberville, says, “The fact that eight people would be living there would make it more of a dormitory or an apartment than a residential area, so of course we couldn't let that proceed.” The homeowners were looking forward to renting out their 4,800 square foot home for the show. They tell News 25 that producers loved its beachside location on the Tchoutacabouffa River. Daniel also says, “I was very disappointed that we didn't get that support from the city. We have Mardi Gras down here, we have Spring Break, we have all these people coming here and partying and we wanted to stop eight people from partying?”
At this point, the City of D'Iberville has not taken any official stance against the reality show, and even though the house near Lamey Bridge Road won't be in the show, there are still other parts of the city benefiting from Party Down South. The show’s production crew is staying at the Suburban Hotel on Rodriguez Street.
Hotel staff members tell News 25 business was struggling until the reality show showed up and booked a large number of rooms. Another plus: Party Down South is employing several locals on their production crew. Bruce Roberts, a local production assistant, says, “Any production that comes to town is positive. They're all here to work with the people because it brings work and it brings experience. If you don't have any training in a particular field, you will learn that and you will have an opportunity for that experience on set.”
D'Iberville officials tell News 25 whether they like it or not, they can't stop Party Down South from filming in their city. Party Down South is set to start shooting on the Gulf Coast in July.