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History in D'Iberville; the city is finally a casino town

When Scarlet Pearl opened Wednesday, it became D'Iberville's first casino (Photo source: WLOX) When Scarlet Pearl opened Wednesday, it became D'Iberville's first casino (Photo source: WLOX)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

D'Iberville Mayor Rusty Quave stood behind a red ribbon, just inches from Scarlet Pearl's front door. He was part of the entourage asked to cut that ceremonial ribbon and officially open the city's first casino.

The historic moment came at 11:08 a.m. As soon as dignitaries from the Scarlet Pearl and the city completed the formal celebration, people poured into the resort to tempt lady luck.

The Scarlet Pearl sits off Race Track Road in D'Iberville, a few hundred feet away from the Back Bay of Biloxi. It's 300 room hotel towers over the city. That hotel, and an adjacent miniature golf course are the non-gambling amenities tied to this casino.

For more than two decades, D'Iberville leaders have recruited potential casino developers to their city. Much of the time, the casino plans under consideration were west of the I-110 bridge. But, in recent years, the focus shifted east, to land between Race Track Road the city's waterfront. Scarlet Pearl becomes the first casino to open on the north side of the back bay.

D'Iberville joins Biloxi, Gulfport, Bay St. Louis, and Clermont Harbor in unincorporated Hancock County as South Mississippi communities now gambling on casinos to create jobs and tax revenue.

Scarlet Pearl's debut means the coast once again has 12 casinos.

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