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More development in the works surrounding the Scarlet Pearl

Quave says he hopes tax incentives will bring development opportunities to the city. (Photo source: WLOX News) Quave says he hopes tax incentives will bring development opportunities to the city. (Photo source: WLOX News)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

Open for only one full week, D'Iberville city leaders are already working to figure out how to maximize growth around the first casino to call D'Iberville home.

In the first 24 hours of business, more than 15,000 people passed through the doors of the Scarlet Pearl. If D'Iberville Mayor Rusty Quave has his way, it won't be the last casino grand opening his city will see.

"If the Scarlet Pearl shows some good numbers, I think you'll see possibly more interest in another casino down the road," said Quave.

The ground work for another casino is already in the works. Quave says a Las Vegas Casino developer owns 25 acres of water front property just west of the I-110 bridge.

"That property is probably a $20 million site that nobody else would come in and build on unless you were going to open a casino there. We do have site approval for that particular site," said Quave. 

Planning for an additional casino is still in preliminary stages. Along with developing the entire area around the Scarlet Pearl, Quave is exploring ways to bring shopping, eating, entertainment and living space to downtown D'Iberville.

"If we see a project in Orlando or in California that we think would work here, we go out and talk to these people and say 'We've got an opportunity and we feel like your project would work here,'" said Quave.

No timeline has been given for the development that would be called the French Market District. Quave says his goal would be to make the area a self sustained community.

"It would be 2,000-3,000 square feet of family entertainment type venues, and we're going to try to bring people in to live in this area as well," said Quave. "This could be something for a husband and wife or a young man or woman that wants to live in an entertainment district."

Quave added he hopes tax incentives already in place will help bring development opportunities to D'Iberville.

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