Atlantic City Anticipates New Margaritaville Complex
Fans of gaming in Atlantic City will soon have a new place to have their cheeseburger, in a new paradise being built in the Resorts Casino Hotel. Atlantic City is anticipating the building and opening of the new Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville complex in Atlantic City in the spring of 2013. Both fans of Jimmy Buffett and fans of gaming in Atlantic City seem to be thrilled by the proposition.
The new project is estimated to cost $35 million, and this will be the first Margaritaville on the upper East Coast. There are now locations in Key West, Nashville, Las Vegas, Orlando and New Orleans. The Resorts Casino Hotel will in effect get a facelift to include the Margaritaville branded attractions, similar to the way the Margaritaville complex was built at its Las Vegas site.
The new Margaritaville complex will include a Landshark Bar and Grill, a 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar, a coffee shop and a retail store along with a year round beach bar. Celebrating the laid-back flavor and aura of the beach lifestyle, Margaritaville themed complexes have become tremendously popular wherever they are located.
Making an appearance recently at a press conference to announce the new venture, Jimmy Buffett drew cheers and whistles, and it showed what a following he has in Atlantic City. Fans reportedly lined up for at least an hour before the event just to see him. Governor Chris Christie was there to meet him, along with the President of the Senate, Stephen Sweeney. A leader in the gaming industry, Jon Hanson, was also there to show support for the new venture.
The final approval and funding for the project will take place in the form of a vote in August. Moving to open a new Margaritaville complex in Atlantic City is seen as an effort to reinvest in the Atlantic City gambling area. This area has seen a decrease in revenue in the past couple of years. There was talk several years ago about Jimmy Buffett bringing his tropical themed complex to Atlantic City, but that venture never panned out.
There is an excitement now that building this new attraction will help to bring much-needed new revenue in. Resorts Casino hopes to break ground on the new project sometime after Labor Day. Hopes are that this will mark the comeback of the areas largest gambling, tourist and vacation destination.