D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - D'Iberville City Manager Bobby Eleuterius says on a ten point scale, his city is scoring around a nine these days. Business is booming, sales tax revenues are up, and a casino is coming to town.
He said two major retails shopping centers are luring in thousands, and a third complex is in the planning stages. Sales tax revenues have doubled in the last ten years, and moving those shoppers around is a priority, thanks to a $35 million road construction project.
"The D'Iberville Boulevard, the Big Ridge Road, and the Lamey Bridge Road will reduce congestion and funnel shoppers to new businesses surrounding the I-10/I-110 interchange," Eleuterius explained.
The city manager also said adding to city coffers will be the first casino, the Scarlet Pearl.
"Land Holdings One has invested millions in property south of Racetrack Road and is ready to break ground within the next two weeks on a $250 million resort, with 300 hotel rooms, and many amenities."
While city officials are certainly proud of the fact that they've been able to draw much retail to the city and increase the city's sales tax base, they're also proud that public safety has not taken a back seat with the opening of a new state-of-the-art fire station.
"This first class facility will provide a storm safe home for our firefighters under all conditions. This will be the first step we hope in a total public safety complex," Eleuterius said.
The waterfront could see changes soon.
"The city has submitted a request for funds from the BP settlement to construct a commercial harbor for our small, but active, local seafood fleet."
Eleuterius said that recreation will also be upgraded, with a park planned along the shores of the Tchoutacabouffa River.
"This nature based park will offer a lot to those who are seeking an outdoor experience and to learn about our environment."
Eleuterius said all this proves the city that has grown bigger and better since Hurricane Katrina.
Tuesday's state of the city address was sponsored by the D'Iberville, St. Martin Chamber of Commerce.