Developers hoping to bring resort destination hotel to Ocean City
OCEAN CITY, Md.- A concept of bringing a Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville Franchise on the Ocean City boardwalk, between 13th and 14th street, is being talked about. Developers of the project, Kinsley Properties, said it’ll be a resort destination hotel that brings in new jobs and revenue.
“We believe that this will set a new kind of tone in Ocean City of what a resort can be,” Timothy Kinsley, President of Kinsley Properties, said. “It has the amenities of a conference center, meeting space, restaurants, retail, and it is meant to not only cater to the visitor in the core summer season, but also bring new activity to Ocean City in what they call the shoulder season, which would be the Spring and the Fall.”
Developers said they’ve been moving through the standard process, meeting with the Town’s Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as the Mayor and Council. They said the only thing standing in the way of creating Margaritaville is Council approval to allocate existing right-of-way on Baltimore Avenue to accommodate their planned overlay district.
“One thing it does is helps redevelop a sight for its highest and best use and not use more land than otherwise be necessary, but it allows you to build closer to the property line in all 4 directions than you otherwise would,” Kinsley said.
We reached out to Town officials for an interview to get their thoughts on the project, although they declined, Ocean City’s Spokesperson, Jessica Waters, sent a statement saying, “The Town has received preliminary information for the development of a Margaritaville Resort on the Boardwalk in Ocean City. The project now requires approval for a Planned Overlay District, pending consideration by the Mayor and City Council. If the Mayor and Council approve the zoning district, the site plans will then be reviewed by the Planning Commission and Planning Department for the appropriate approvals.”
The project developer said the estimated construction start date is in October 2023, with an estimated start of business in May 2026.