TRENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection has issued a required land use permit to DGMB Casino LLC, allowing for the development of a new Margaritaville-themed restaurant and recreation center, plus retail space, on the reconstructed Steeplechase Pier in Atlantic City.
The plans call for a 16,000-square-foot restaurant called Margaritaville Landshark Bar & Grill at Resorts Casino Hotel on the rebuilt pier, DEP reported.
Keeping with the character of other Margaritaville properties owned by entertainer Jimmy Buffett, plans include island-themed landscaping, more than a dozen cabanas, as well as two beach volleyball courts, a bocce ball court, two horseshoe pits and a fire pit. An adjacent surf shop also is planned.
DEP said it reviewed the application, and that it meets all of the state’s environmental standards, allowing for issuance of a state Coastal Areas Facilities Review Act permit.
Under terms of the permit, any beach and/or dune areas temporarily affected by construction must be restored to pre-construction conditions immediately after completion of the project, DEP stated.
This project is expected to create 250 construction jobs and another 162 permanent jobs, according to the state.