D'Iberville will finally have its first casino. After a number of setbacks, the Mississippi Gaming Commission Thursday approved moving forward with the project. With the financing for the Scarlet Pearl now in place, construction could start as early as Friday.
It was a glorious day in Jackson where the Mississippi Gaming Commission gave the City of D'Iberville the green light to start construction of its casino, the Scarlet Pearl. After a 20 year uphill battle, the City of D'Iberville is ready to break ground on its first casino. The Mississppi Gaming Commission approved the financing of the Scarlet Pearl Thursday morning. Randall Pelous, D’Iberville City Councilman for Ward 1, says, "We're so excited, excited for the citizens the city. It's unbelievable. After a 22 year fight, it’s finally here."
D'Iberville Mayor, Rusty Quave, is grateful for the Gaming Commission's patience with the Scarlet Pearl project. Quave says, "We have a great commission here in Mississippi. They don't want to chase away business, they want to create business." The Scarlet Pearl will be built east of I-110. Councilman Pelous says the casino will bring life to D'Iberville and its citizens. Pelous also says, "It will revitalize Ward 1. The hurricane took it all away, now this will revitalize and bring it back. That's what we're hoping for."
According to Mayor Quave, the Scarlet Pearl will create 600 to 800 construction jobs and 1,000 permanent jobs once the casino opens. Quave also says, "When the project is up and running, you know the money coming into the city, Harrison County, the school system as well, is gonna’ receive a lot of money, especially the Harrison County schools. It will give us money for our police, fire, those kinds of services, and increase the quality of life for our citizens."
The city expects construction materials to start arriving at the site Friday, and for work to begin on July 7th. Developers plan to open the casino New Years of 2016.