D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Five acres in D'iberville could soon be home to a resort that would put the city on the tourism map. City officials say the Can Can Casino Resort would take a back seat to no other casino on the coast.
Bill Holland is a master boat builder with a home and business next door to the proposed casino. He wants to see it happen.
"I think this might be the one," Holland said. "I've always said we are within a mile of I-110 and we don't have to go into Biloxi to go to a casino."
But not everyone is so anxious to see the Can Can come out of the ground. Don Jones owns a home on the other side of the property, and sees a future full of cars.
"Well, it's going to bring all types of people like they normally do and there's going to be a lot of traffic," Jones said.
Can Can President Joseph Manno said the money is there to get that traffic coming.
"We've seen the change in the commercial markets where before there was no money available, now we see that it's there," Manno said. "My primary investor, my partner is very, very confident that we are not going to have a problem."
In addition to the actual casino on the property, the city of D'Iberville is planning on being involved as well, by creating a French Market north of the property complete with boutiques and small shops. In essence, it would create a new downtown area.
Manno believes that's good for both the city and the casino.
"That will attract thousands of people, which is foot traffic. And even if the casino only gets 10 percent of that, that's huge."
Also huge is the price tag for the shopping plaza, estimated at $200 million. Much of that would be funded by Can Can.
Manno said if the financing comes together in the next few weeks, you will see a casino being built in D'Iberville by the end of the year. Before construction could begin, the casino must go through several other regulatory hurdles. Among those would be getting a master plan approved and getting permits from several local, state, and federal agencies.