D'Iberville Casino Gets DMR Permit

The Beverins use a tractor to haul debris off their 6.5 acre property. The property is right next a proposed casino site. Which means, the family's next neighbor could be D'Iberville's first casino.

"I'm for it," Mark Beverin said. I'm 100% for it, if they get me, or they don't get me. I mean it's going to help our little town over here."

The mayor of the little town north of the bay is Rusty Quave.

"The environmentalists said this site hadn't been looked at long enough," he said after a DMR meeting that addressed the D'Iberville casino. "I disagree. Ten years is a long time to hold a project up."

Quave's interview was on the Biloxi side of the bay. That was where the DMR voted 3-1 to give D'Iberville's nine acre casino project an environmental permit.

"This is a victory because we're getting this casino project," the mayor said. "But the environmentalists also have to look at this as a victory because this is the first time an environmental impact statement has been performed on a casino project."

Yet environmentalist Terese Collins was in no mood to celebrate. Before the vote, she told the DMR the environmental study the mayor referred to was flawed. So, as she had a previous meetings, Collins objected to a casino on the west side of the I-110 bridge.

"If D'Iberville wants to benefit from a casino," she said, "put it on a site that is large enough to handle the impact. This site is way too small."

Back on his property, Mark Beverin also questioned the size of the project. But he didn't question whether it should be built just beyond his back yard.

"The name of the game is just getting something over here, that's the main thing," he said.

This was actually the second time the DMR issued a permit for the D'Iberville casino. A judge threw out the first permit until the environmental impact statement could be completed. According to that study, the site just west of I-110 would do a limited amount of damage to the environment.