Gov. Christie announces plan to open first Margaritaville casino and entertainment complex on the East Coast

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Margaritaville and Resorts Casino Hotel are now giving Atlantic City visitors their license to chill with an experience unlike any other on the East Coast. Governor Chris Christie announced today at a press conference on the Boardwalk in front of Resorts that Resorts will be adding a Margaritaville complex to the property which will open in May 2013.

The Margaritaville complex at Resorts will completely embrace the lifestyle featuring a casino, restaurant, Five O'clock Somewhere Bar, retail stores, LandShark Bar and Grill, a year-round beach bar complex, and their first ever coffee shop. Additionally, Resorts Boardwalk façade will be re-themed with the Margaritaville brand.

"Today's Margaritaville announcement is another great sign for Atlantic City and another important step forward in our efforts to revitalize Atlantic City as a premier resort and vacation destination," said Governor Chris Christie. "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."

"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."

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