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Atlantic City getting a slice of Margaritaville

The long awaited marriage between musician-hospitality industry Titan Jimmy Buffett and Atlantic City was officially consummated today.

Atlantic City getting a slice of Margaritaville

Margaritaville complex to the Resort Casino Hotel Video: Margaritaville complex to the Resort Casino Hotel

The long awaited marriage between musician-hospitality industry Titan Jimmy Buffett and Atlantic City was officially consummated today as the Pasha of Parrotheads and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie unveiled plans for a business partnership between Buffett's Margaritaville empire and Resorts Casino-Hotel.

Buffet's signature Margaritaville Cafe will take over the Boardwalk-fronting real estate currently occupied by Breadsticks Cafe & Grill, while a Landshark Bar & Grill will be erected on the refurbished Steeplechase Pier on the Boardwalk at Pennsylvania Avenue.

According to Christie, the entire project represents another $35 million in Atlantic City development.

Construction on The two complexes is expected to begin later this year, with an opening targeted for next spring.

Appearing with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and several other VIPs on a makeshift Boardwalk podium, Buffett, whose musical embrace of a tropical, hedonistic lifestyle has made him one of pop music's richest performers, offered a few brief remarks

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Philly native Chuck Darrow has literally covered Atlantic City’s casino scene since Day One: He was there on assignment the night in November 1976 when voters approved legalized casinos.

Since then, Chuck has covered the town and its gaming industry for several area newspapers -- which is why, in some circles, he’s known as “Boardwalk Charlie.”

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