The Scarlet Pearl Casino in D'Iberville could be breaking ground within the year. It’s all up to the Mississippi Gaming Commission, who will either confirm or deny its new funding this week.
D'Iberville city officials will be heading to Jackson Thursday with the developers of the Scarlet Pearl Casino, Land Holdings One, to meet with the Mississippi Gaming Commission to seek approval for a second time. Bobby Eleuterius, the City Manager of D’Iberville, says, "I have not talked with our developers yet, but I’m with the understanding that the funding’s in place. They should give us the okay to move forward, and within a week’s time or less, they should be ready to start construction."
This past March, Land Holdings failed to show proof of funding to the Gaming Commission, giving the long awaited casino project another setback. Eleuterius also says, "One of the developers backed out at the last minute, and now they have someone in their place, and as I can’t say it enough, I think we're ready to go."
A little farther west in Diamondhead, Jacob's Entertainment is seeking property approval Thursday from the Gaming Commission to build a casino at the intersection of I-10 and Yacht Club Road, but some residents aren't keen on the idea of a casino in their backyard. Berl Nelson, a D’Iberville resident, says, "If Jacob’s completes their project as proposed, it looks like I’ll have to drive through their parking lot to get to my property."
City officials assured residents that if Jacob’s location is approved by the Commission, they still need to clear it with the city. Joseph Lopez, Diamondhead Councilman for Ward 1, says, "It still has to come back to the city and I don’t know if I can speak for Tom, but I don’t think its reasonable to ask any resident to drive through a casino parking lot to get to their house."
Two hundred and twenty six Diamondhead residents submitted a petition against the casino to the Gaming Commission last week.