Business owners upset casino plans have come to a halt

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Envy Hair and Nail Salon in downtown D'Iberville is undergoing renovations to be more marketable to casino goers.

"This is not the first time that we had the same hope and it gets crushed every time," Owner of Envy Hair and Nail Salon Ly Nguyen said.

For more than two decades D'Iberville leaders have tried to bring a casino to the city.

The latest proposal by Land Holdings 1 did move forward. Developers said they have invested more than $40 million into Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, but the company failed to meet a critical deadline. Now, in order to move forward, the developers will have to go back through the gaming commission's review process to prove they can finance the new casino.

Nguyen was not the only business owner disappointed. Most on Central Avenue said it has been tough to remain open between the economy, a lengthy road work project, and a lot of business moving to a new retail area near the interstate.

"My restaurant, where it is located, it's not in the Promenade. You weren't shopping and decided to come eat. If you come here, you are coming here to eat," Lillian Perez with Pepe's Bosque said. "We have been blessed. My customers, they come in and they bring others in and that has been what saved me throughout the years."

Cash Inc's Renee O'Brien said, "I hope one comes because it would boost up D'Iberville and of course our taxes and tags and everything. It would be a real good boost for D'Iberville."

Until something big moves into downtown, these small businesses will have to rely on the community to stay afloat.

"It was going to be a business boost and hopefully it will still go through eventually," Perez said.

"Hopefully the ones that come to us they will continue to come with us," Nguyen said.

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