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D'Iberville planning development strategy around Scarlet Pearl

To ensure it's a go-to destination, Eleuterius presented an economic development strategy outlining how the city hopes to build around the Scarlet Pearl. (Photo source: WLOX) To ensure it's a go-to destination, Eleuterius presented an economic development strategy outlining how the city hopes to build around the Scarlet Pearl. (Photo source: WLOX)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

Final preparations are being made for Wednesday's grand opening of the Scarlet Pearl. D'Iberville leaders are planning to cash in on the city's first casino.

"Now we're going to be known as a casino destination," said Bobby Eleuterius, D'Iberville City Manager.

To ensure it's a go-to destination, Eleuterius presented an economic development strategy outlining how the city hopes to build around the Scarlet Pearl.

"We're currently working with some developers on an event center and another hotel," said Eleuterius.

According to Eleuterius, the city is in talks with private developers to build an event center, along with a residential and retail area called French Market Square to help revitalize the downtown. Plans are also being made to build a marina, paid for with tideland funds. A NASCAR style go-cart track is a possibility as well.

"Entertainment basically. Entertainment for our people so that we can make this a destination that everybody can enjoy," said Eleuterius.

The city plans to not only use the Scarlet Pearl to bring new business in, but to also strengthen the Promenade Shopping Center with the use of public transportation.

"When the people come there and the wives want to shop, they can just run right out to our shopping center," said Eleuterius. "They'll bring them up there and back, free of charge."

As the final touches are being put on the Scarlet Pearl, D'Iberville police are gearing up for an increase in traffic.

"If Katrina taught us anything, it taught us to be prepared and to be flexible, and we certainly are that," said Wayne Payne, D'Iberville Chief of Police.

Part of being prepared is preventing casino customers from parking their cars on other people's property.

"We had some signs printed up to say no parking by order of the chief of police, and we're certainly putting those out on Race Track Road," said Payne. "Actually, we gave the signs to the citizens and they put them up in their yards themselves."

The Scarlet Pearl is expecting enough traffic. The casino is already set to start construction on a parking garage.

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