City leaders excited for Casino approval in D'Iberville

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - There was no hiding the excitement in D'Iberville City Hall Wednesday afternoon as Mississippi Gaming Commission Chairman John Hairston announced the commission's approval for development of the Scarlet Pearl.

"I've been to a lot of different gaming commission meetings," said Hairston.

"I've never been to one where you've had a standing ovation and shouts."

"Thank God!" said Mayor Rusty Quave.

Quave has been working to bring a casino to his city for a long time.  He said the key to getting the approval was making this plan unique, adding an extra amenity.

"It's a putt-putt golf course that they'll have master tournaments here, so you'll have golfers coming in from all across the United States."

Land Holdings 1 is heading up the development. On top of the 42 thousand-square-foot, 36 hole miniature golf course, the plans include: a casino floor measuring more than 60,000 square feet, a 250 seat buffet, a 300 room hotel and so much more.

"There are more people that want to stay in this market on the weekends then there are rooms to house them. So any project that brings more rooms to South Mississippi will grow the market," said Randall Fine, spokesman for Land Holdings 1.

For city leaders, that growth is promising.

"The fact that we have this now with the new shopping center, you're talking about over $600 million coming into a little city of 13,000 people," said City Manager Bobby Eleuterius.

Hilda Strayham is one of the 13,000 who call D'Iberville home.

"Very happy because it's been a vacant lot in front of my house," said Strayham.

While developers still need to secure all of their financing, they say they're ready.

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