D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The $300 million Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort opened in December, and nearby residents say the transition has been relatively easy.
Donald Jones lived in the D'Iberville area long before the casino came to town. Traffic has been a bit of a challenge, thanks to casino patrons using his front yard, but Jones has an answer for the problem.
"I put up sawhorses to keep them out, and that has worked," Jones said. "So, I'll probably just put up a fence with some gates now."
Traffic isn't the only issue for the homeowner. Noisy valet employees are also a challenge.
"Mostly blowing of the horns. The valet workers blow the horns to find the cars by hitting the keyless entry and the panic button, and it's all day and night with the horns," Jones lamented.
To keep people from parking on private property, no parking signs have been placed in front of several yards. For Mike Gonsoulin, cars aren't the problem. Instead, it's the construction trailer that sits next to his home.
"When I look out my back yard, all I see are trailers and air conditioners running on the side of the units on the side of my house, and all the dust from all the rocks in their parking lot on my cars and stuff," noted Gonsoulin. "And all the people that have been here for the past year, or so."
Most neighbors say that while they've had a few glitches with the casino, most of the problems have been fixed. Some say they actually even enjoy the business being there.
"We have no complaints, my wife and I. As a matter of fact, we have kind of enjoyed it since they opened. We go over there two or three times a week and have lunch. We definitely kind of enjoy it," said Ed Creech, who can see the casino from his front door.
Some of the traffic concerns in the neighborhood should be alleviated with the construction of a planned parking garage on the casino property. A large sign has been erected at the front of the resort announcing that a garage is coming soon.