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Rep. Cartwright Celebrates Margaritaville Development and Land Donation for Amtrak

Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) hosted a press conference celebrating the announcement of Margaritaville Resort Village arriving in the Pocono Mountains. The first-of-its-kind destination resort, RV park and housing development is a billion-dollar+ investment in the Northeastern Pennsylvania economy that will bring more jobs, more tourists and more dollars to the region. Margaritaville, the global lifestyle brand synonymous with fun and escapism, has also offered to donate a large portion of land for a proposed Amtrak station to be built.

“As we continue to make progress in our efforts to connect New York City and New Jersey to the Poconos and Scranton by passenger rail, it’s no coincidence that we’re seeing such a significant investment in a recreational and resort facility now,” said Rep. Cartwright. “We all want to see the Poconos thrive and serve as the premier vacation destination for the tri-state area, and this development moves the region forward.”

In 2021, the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act was signed into law, providing billions in assistance for Amtrak, the Federal Railroad Administration and other rail entities to modernize the rail system. Amtrak estimates that the development of a connecting rail line between New York City and Scranton, with stops along the way, would have an estimated economic impact of $87 million every year for the region.

The landmark development project and land donation were applauded by local business and community leaders, including Chris Barrett, President and CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau.

“Today’s announcements are game changers for the Pocono Mountains, a desirable destination already hosting nearly 30 million tourists each year. After the devastating 2019 fire at Pocono Manor Resort, we are thrilled the iconic property is making its comeback in such a massive way,” said Barrett. “The Poconos has so much to offer, and this billion-dollar investment in Margaritaville reaffirms the vital need for passenger rail service, which will make our thriving region accessible to many more visitors.”

For more information on the project, visit here. To download renderings, visit here.