DEP issues permit for restaurant at Steeplechase Pier

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.  DEP issues permit for restaurant at Steeplechase Pier