D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The City of D'Iberville has been experiencing huge business growth for years, particularly after Hurricane Katrina. Just a quick trip the length of Interstate 110 north of Biloxi Bay will give you a sense of just how fast D'Iberville is growing.
Now, as more developments begin to form, there is finally an organization ready to make sure business has a voice at the city government's planning table.
The D'Iberville Business Club has had only two meetings, but the impact is already being felt. There is an excitement about the city's future and what the new organization can do to help.
Club President Albert Fountain said the purpose of the club is simply to help business conditions in the city.
"We've been thinking about this for a couple or three years now," Fountain said. "D'Iberville has about 475 businesses, and this is long overdue."
The club has already attracted more than 30 members. Members don't have to live in D'Iberville or even have a business there. They just have to share a common vision for business development.
The club meets every second and fourth Wednesday, and membership dues are $250 a year.
There's a positive feeling among all the new members of this new organization that what they discuss inside these meetings will have a big impact outside. Despite the announcement about a week ago that the Oceanarium dream project would not go forward, there is plenty yet to come.
The $40 million Lamey Bridge Road construction project, once it's done, should help commercial development, club officials said. The Scarlet Pearl Casino construction is underway and will result in a $250 million resort with a casino, hotel and miniature golf course.
It's all a result of the right attitude, said Mayor Rusty Quave.
"Well, it's grown. I can't say enough about that," Quave said "Of course, a lot of it was because of Hurricane Katrina. Everybody moved to the north, but we capitalized on it. We have a saying in D'Iberville: It don't come to you. You have to go after it."