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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Developers of the proposed Scarlet Pearl Casino in D'Iberville are asking Mississippi regulators for approval to start construction.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1lL6azu ) the casino is on Thursday's agenda of the Mississippi Gaming Commission in Jackson.

On March 31, Land Holdings I, developers of the casino, missed the deadline to have financing in place.

The city has worked for more than 20 years to get a casino.

"They're supposed to have their financing and are ready to go," said D'Iberville Mayor Rusty Quave.

The $250 million casino resort will have 300 hotel rooms, an events center and an elaborate miniature golf course, which meet the qualifications of development now required by the Gaming Commission.

The site is just east of the Interstate 110 bridge on the Back Bay.

Also Thursday, the Gaming Commission will consider site approval for Jacobs Entertainment's proposed casino in Diamondhead.

Resident Lisa Lowell submitted a petition with 226 signatures to the Gaming Commission opposing the development in the southwest quadrant of Interstate 10 and Yacht Club Drive.

"There's a large group of us that live on the south side and/or own property on the south side that don't want a casino literally in our backyard, right in the middle of the neighborhood," said Nicole Boisdore with Operation Veritas, a group that also opposes the casino in an area zoned for residential use.

Jacobs has been trying to build a casino in South Mississippi since 2004, when it tried in D'Iberville. A Diamondhead casino has been in the works since 2008.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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