Welcome to 'Margaritaville,' the Most Lucrative Song Ever

Recording artist Jimmy Buffett toasts the crowd during the grand opening celebration for the Margaritaville Casino in 2011 Photograph by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie cut the ribbon on Thursday outside Atlantic City’s newest tourist attraction: Margaritaville. The $35 million, 40,000-square-foot complex houses two restaurants, multiple bars, a beach-themed casino, and several breezy, laid-back retail stores—all tucked away in a larger gambling mecca called Resorts. The singer and songwriter of the eponymous song was conspicuously absent from the festivities. For Jimmy Buffett, the grand opening was no special occasion: The Atlantic City outpost is the 27th Margaritaville in the world.

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