One of Atlantic City's most persistent rumors appears to be true after all--sort of.
For months, it's been whispered that singer Jimmy Buffett's hospitality empire had its sights set on Resorts Atlantic City, and that plans were afoot to turn the oldest legal casino east of Nevada into a Margaritavile-branded property with all the palm-tree-bedecked trimmings such a move would entail.
Friday's Press of Atlantic City reports that Resorts has filed paperwork that could lead to Margaritaville's introduction into the long-beleaguered seaside gaming market--but not, as suspected, at the casino-hotel itself. Instead, it appears that Buffett and company are eyeing the old Steeplechase Pier as its base of operations.
According to the article, the blueprint calls for the construction of a (what else?) tropical-themed entertainment complex anchored by a Margaritaville Landshark Bar & Grill. Once all the paper work is okey-dokeyed by the various governmental bodies that would be involved, construction of the $6 million project would take a year to complete.