Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino Hotel has a
new island vibe. The hotel teamed with the
Jimmy Buffett brand, Margaritaville, to open
a 17,400-square-foot entertainment complex
that includes tropical-themed restaurants and
retail stores as well as a casino featuring 12
table games and 160 slot machines.
The Margaritaville Restaurant, with a giant
blender at its Boardwalk entrance, offers
dishes like the signature Cheeseburger in
Paradise and features nightly live entertainment. On the beach side of the Boardwalk, the
LandShark Bar & Grill has hot dogs, hamburgers and island-inspired pub grub. There’s also
a 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar and the brand’s
first-ever coffee shop.—AMANDA STAAB
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perienced significant flooding and sand
displacement. The largest concentration
of damaged homes was in the north end
and golf course areas.
THE RECOVERY: Brigantine rebounded
quickly, repairing its dunes and beaches.
Everything is expected to be ready for
DON’T MISS: Marine Mammal Stranding
Center, Festival of Winds (June 15), Brigantine Beach Sand Castle Building Contest (August 10), Laguna Bar and Grill,
dolphins at play (Brigantine Avenue,
north of Seventh Street).
BEACH FEE: Season, $18 ($15 before June
1); seniors ( 60-64), $8. Weekly, $14. Daily,
$8. PARKING: Limited free parking.
WHEN SANDY HIT: The storm took a toll
in some homes and businesses in the
Back Bay area and destroyed a section of
the north end of the Boardwalk that pre-
viously had been condemned and slated
for demolition. But the tourist attractions
on the oceanfront, including the Board-
walk, shops, restaurants and casinos,
largely escaped injury.
THE RECOVERY: The highest priority was
convincing visitors that Atlantic City
was basically alive and well. “Our biggest
struggle was the media misconception
that Atlantic City’s boardwalk was de-
stroyed,” says Larry Sieg, vice president
of marketing at the Atlantic City Conven-
tion & Visitor’s Bureau.
DON’T MISS: The casinos, the Pier Shops
at Caesars, Food and Wine Festival (July
25-28), Atlantic City Air Show (June 26).
BEACH FEE: Free. PARKING: Limited me-
tered and paid lots.
BEACH FEE: Season, $15 ($7 before June
1); seniors, $3.50 before June 1.
PARKING: Free two-hour spaces.
WHEN SANDY HIT: After it breached the
bulkheads, Sandy sent floodwaters and a
foot of sand onto Atlantic Avenue.
THE RECOVERY: The beachfront and
playground should be back by summer.
DON’T MISS: Caffe Luciano (formerly
the Shore Club Crab House Bar & Grill)
BEACH FEE: Season, $30 ($15 until June
19); seniors, $5. Weekly, $10. Under 12,
free. PARKING: Limited free.
Cape May COUNTY
WHEN SANDY HIT: Storm surge on the bay
side took a toll, but the rides and attractions on the boardwalk were spared. THE
RECOVERY: The town trucked in sand
from other parts of the island to widen
the beach. Michelle Gillian of the Greater
Ocean City Chamber of Commerce says
visitors will see a “refreshed” downtown,
with newly painted and remodeled storefronts. Rides are being repainted to hide
flood lines and wear. A new Starbucks
has opened on Asbury Avenue, and Gillian’s Wonderland Pier has added a Dark
Ride Haunted House in the park’s Thrill
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