And Another One Gone . . . Margaritaville Wasted Away

NOV 30 2022, 6pm

POCONO MANOR – Stop us if you’ve heard this one before . . . . It looks like another great and big tourist destination plan for the former Pocono Manor property has bit the dust.

Announced with great fanfare and a VIP-studded Kalahari announcement in the spring of 2022, the Margaritaville Resort Village never got off he ground.

The proposed complex promised “luxury camping” and a grand hotel where Pocono Manor once stood. An “entertainment destination”, the development was imagined to spread across three municipalities.

Touted as a “first of its kind” attraction, it was also to include Camp Margaritaville, with “Super Premium” RV sites, with amenities such like the “Cheeseburger in Paradise” restaurant, “5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar”, and the “Barkaritaville Dog Park”. During he winter season, the Camp would offer ice skating, snow tubing, and ice bar, and a winter market.

Developers said they would build up to 100 “Tiny Home Bungalows” as short-term rentals and include a “LandShark Bar & Grill” on the main property, together with “wilderness gardens” and a swimming pool. They even promised to dedicate a portion of the development for the new Mount Pocono stop for the planned NYC to Scranton Amtrak service.

Construction on the $1.3 billion project was planned to begin in early 2023, with a resort opening in 2024.

In order to meet that ambitious schedule, the developer would need to have begun the land development and permitting process almost immediately after the April 2022 announcement.

A review of the Planning Commission meetings for Tobyhanna and Pocono Townships, and Mount Pocono Borough – the municipalities in which the proposed resort property lay – shows no proposal has been submitted.

All mention of the planned Poconos resort has been scrubbed from the Margaritaville brand webpage and all content removed from the Margaritaville Pocono Facebook page (which was previously branded the Pocono Springs Facebook page).

There has been no official announcement that the project has been abandoned.

Representatives from the developer, Margaritaville, and Pocono Manor did not respond to requests for information and comment.

Like Pocono Springs before it, all indications are that the backers have moved away from the project, along with the promises of more jobs and more tourist dollars for the area.