Work is under way on a new $35 million Jimmy Buffet-themed entertainment complex on the Atlantic City beachfront.

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Construction crews started work Wednesday on the Margaritaville complex at Resorts Casino Hotel as the casinos struggle to regain business after Superstorm Sandy.

Plans call for a 16,000-square foot restaurant called the Landshark Bar & Grill on a rebuilt Steeplechase Pier. There will be island-themed landscaping including palm trees, more than a dozen cabanas, two beach volleyball courts, a bocce ball court, two horseshoe pits, a fire pit and a surf shop.

Resorts president Gary Van Hettiga says the project is a declaration of faith in Atlantic City's evolution into a true destination resort with many other things to do besides gambling.

It's slated to open by Memorial Day weekend.

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