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Are plans for Margaritaville Resort in the Poconos wasting away?

Plans for a local Margaritaville resort seem to be wasting away — or are they?

An alluring illustration of Margaritaville Resort Village Pocono Mountains sits bookmarked at Margaritaville’s corporate site, awash in a palette of the same green hues found in the cocktail it was named after.

Meanwhile, construction on the impressive compound, located on the former, historically significant and beloved Pocono Manor resort property, which lies within the vicinity of Route 314, Lake and Cliff roads, and Summit Avenue in Pocono Twp. and Tobyhanna Twp., hasn’t begun yet.

Following a news conference in 2022 where the project was announced, there has been little, if any, visible activity.

No proposals or plans have been submitted to Tobyhanna, and Pocono townships or Mount Pocono borough, the municipalities the resort would call home.

For now, the future of Margaritaville is an uncertain mish mash of what some people claim.

Margaritaville Hotel Pocono Mountains on the site of the former Pocono Manor will include wilderness gardens, restaurants, swimming pools, activities and live entertainment.
Courtesy of Margaritaville

Margaritaville Hotel Pocono Mountains on the site of the former Pocono Manor will include wilderness gardens, restaurants, swimming pools, activities and live entertainment.

Margaritaville Hotel Pocono Mountains will include wilderness gardens, restaurants, swimming pools, activities and live entertainment, according to a Monday news release from the company.
Margaritaville Hotel Pocono Mountains will include wilderness gardens, restaurants, swimming pools, activities and live entertainment, according to a Monday news release from the company.

Tom Stem, the regional manager at Olyphant Golf Management, the organization that operates the Pocono Manor Golf Course, says the plans appear to be at a bit of a stand still.

“Nothing has taken place,” Stem said. “Maybe it will, for all I know. Just basically, there’s nothing going on right now.”

According to JEMB Realty Corp.’s website, the owner of Pocono Manor and the developer of the project, their plan for Margaritaville Resort Village Pocono Mountains was that it would be open by a loose deadline of “mid-2024.”

Larry Malsky, the president of the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority, an organization which has been working on a site for the Amtrak train between Scranton and New York City, stated, “Well, it’s still pending, I don’t have anything new or an update,” adding, “They’ve got an awful lot they’re working on, so that’s what’s going on behind the scenes at this point.”

Tim Cutler, owner of a property located on Manor Drive in Pocono Manor stated, “I’ve seen a couple announcements that it’s fully abandoned at this point,” referring to media reports.

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright offered doubt that the project might have metaphorically blown out a flip flop.

“With Amtrak passenger service looking to be operational by 2028 and with the owners of the Pocono Manor property donating 8 acres to our project for the Mount Pocono rail station, Cartwright said, “the investment opportunity is such that it is only a matter of whether they opt for a Margaritaville resort or for some other major brand-name attraction to be built at that site.”


Source: Berkshire mont

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