Jimmy Buffet

Real Estate king Donald Trump has sold one of his famed casinos to singing icon Jimmy Buffet for $315 million, allowing the American singer to turn his Margaritaville fantasy into a real-life tropical oasis right on the Jersey shore. Buffett agreed to pay Trump yesterday for the purchase of his Marina Hotel Casino, one of three, the billionaire holds in Atlantic City, New Jersey.Trump originally asked for $500 million for the 14-acre property, which features a 27-story hotel with 728 guest rooms and a 79,000 square foot gambling area, but reduced the price after lengthy negotiations with Buffet. The singer has already hatched plans to give the place a full face-lift, beginning with changing its name to his famous hit song, Margaritaville, once the deal is finalized at the end of the year. In the meantime, he is already getting plans underway to open the first Margaritaville casino for his company Coastal Marina LLC on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast in two years’ time. The deal marks a truce between Trump and former friend Richard Fields, the head of Buffet’s company. The pair was engaged in a four-year legal battle after Trump accused Fields of cheating him out of developing casinos in Florida.The real-estate mogul now plans to pour the funds into his two remaining Atlantic City casino-hotels: Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza, which by the way are my favorite casinos in Atlantic City.


Anonymous said…
A very wise move by Jimmy as The Borgata has just completed The Water Tower, Harrah's is finishing up their renovation & MGMMirage is planning a three tower casino between the two. BTW - The Taj was great ten years ago but The Borgata now rules.