NEW JERSEY—The Department of Environmental Protection has issued a required land use permit to DGMB Casino L.L.C., allowing for the development of a new Margaritaville-themed restaurant and recreation center, plus retail space on the reconstructed Steeplechase Pier in Atlantic City.

Plans for the Margaritaville Landshark Bar & Grill at Resorts Casino Hotel include a total of 16,000 sq. ft., as well as island-themed landscaping, cabanas and two beach volleyball courts. In addition, to keep with the character of the Margaritaville properties, which are owned by Jimmy Buffett, a bocce ball court, horseshoe pits, a fire pit and an adjacent surf shop are planned.

The proposed development was reviewed by the DEP and meets all of the state's environmental standards, allowing for issuance of a necessary state Coastal Areas Facilities Review Act (CAFRA) permit. Under terms of the permit, any beach and/or dune areas temporarily impacted by construction activities must be restored to pre-construction conditions immediately after completion of the project.

This project is expected to create 250 construction jobs and 162 permanent jobs.