Construction work has finally started on the Silver Slipper Casino Resort, at the old Jubilation Casino site at Bayou Caddy.
Crews began demolishing old structures on the casino property to make room for a new 45,000-square-foot building.
The sound of construction is something casino co-owner Cliff McCarlie has waited five years to hear.
"It's been a long time coming to get to this point. We're just happy and excited and ecstatic to get started."
The casino secured financial backing for the project last week. Permits to build and operate were granted months ago.
"I've always said we're going to be the biggest little casino on the Coast."
The land based building will house restaurants, lounges and an entertainment area which will lead visitors to a riverboat casino.
"The charm of the boat is the greatest thing about all this. It's the last river boat on the Coast. They're going to tear out everything old and put in everything new."
In January, the river boat will be towed to Morgan City, Louisiana for a three month exterior restoration job. The vessel will be brought back to Hancock County for interior renovation work.
When finished, investors will have spent more than $17 million on renovations and furnishing the boat.
"I never thought it would happen," Jack Donnow said.
Donnow and his son came out to the site to watch construction crews work.
"I think it will bring more work more money into the area."
Casino owners say he's right. In addition to the construction jobs being created, The Silver Slipper will employ between 500 and 600 people. Plans call for a casino hotel in phase two of the project.