Tourists will soon be "wastin' away again in Margaritaville" as a Margaritaville Complex will soon be coming to the New Jersey gambling area of Atlantic City. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that Resorts Casino will be adding a Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville complex to their establishment by May 2013. It is expected to be an experience unlike any other on the East Coast
"The Margaritaville project at Resorts is an amazing step forward for Atlantic City," said Morris Bailey, owner of Resorts Casino Hotel in a press release. "Our investment coupled with the Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville brand is a huge coup for Atlantic City and I am extremely proud to say it was Resorts and the state of New Jersey that made it happen."
Resorts Casino Hotel is already impressive with its 942 rooms within two towers, several dining options and bars, theaters, spa, salon, health club, and pool, but the hotel is about to become even more exciting with the addition of the Margaritaville brand and it is sure to be a must-see for travelers who go to Atlantic City starting next summer.
"This is easily one of the biggest things to happen to Atlantic City since the inception of gaming in 1978," said Aaron Gomes, executive vice president of operations at Resorts Casino Hotel. "The Margaritaville and Jimmy Buffett brand is one of the most recognizable in the world and without a doubt will become the must-see attraction in Atlantic City."
Resort's Margaritaville complex will add even more to the New Jersey destination resort. It will consist of a casino, a restaurant, the Five O'clock Somewhere Bar, retail stores, LandShark Bar and Grill, a year-round beach bar complex, and their first ever coffee shop. The entire Boardwalk front of Resorts will get a Margaritaville themed makeover.
Governor Christie believes the addition of Margaritaville will help to "revitalize Atlantic City as a premier resort and vacation destination" he said in a press release. "The success of Atlantic City is critical to both the regional and state economics, which is why we have seen an unprecedented amount of investment and cooperation among all of the casinos, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, and my Administration. The continued addition of world-class entertainment, retail and gaming offerings in the city illustrates the commitment of all partners to making this effort succeed. I congratulate both Resorts Casino Hotel and the Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville brand on making this a reality."
Even Jimmy Buffett himself had a few words to say about the expansion of his Margaritaville brand."It is certainly no surprise to me that a huge flock of Parrotheads reside on the Jersey Shore," said Jimmy Buffett, "I am very grateful for the years of support from some of our most die-hard fans in the country. Atlantic City is a historic beach town and I am very happy to be a part of helping it find its place again as a beach vacation destination. I'll see you on the Shore."
The Margartitaville brand was inspired by the lyrics and easygoing lifestyle of Jimmy Buffet, so the properties typically bring people into an island type atmosphere when they step into it. There are already several Margaritaville properties including Key West, New Orleans, Orlando, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Panama City Beach, Glendale, Mohegan Sun Casino, and Nashville. Margaritaville Casinos can also be found at the famed Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas and a newly opened casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. There are also international locations like the Caribbean, Mexico, the Republic of Panama and Canada, with plans to open one in Australia soon.