Work begins on Margaritaville Atlantic City complex

From “Work starts on $35M Margaritaville at AC’s Resorts

Atlantic City’s casinos came through Superstorm Sandy just fine, even if few people realize it.

With the industry reeling from the aftermath of the storm, which wrecked thousands of homes and businesses in New Jersey and New York, the resort town got a psychological boost and a financial vote of confidence Wednesday as work began on a new $35 million Jimmy Buffet-themed entertainment complex on the beach.

Construction crews started work on the Margaritaville project at Resorts Casino Hotel, in what casino president Gary Van Hettinga called a vote of confidence in the seaside resort’s long-term viability.

“It shows we are extremely confident that the future of Atlantic City is bright and that non-gaming amenities are an essential aspect of it,” he said as he watched crews with blow torches dismantle a large billboard across from the casino where the 16,000-square foot Landshark Bar & Grill will rise.

As is the case with other Margaritaville properties owned by entertainer Jimmy Buffett, plans call for island-themed landscaping, including palm trees, more than a dozen cabanas, two beach volleyball courts, a bocce ball court, two horseshoe pits and a fire pit. An adjacent surf shop also is planned.

The complex is expected to be open by Memorial Day weekend.