The Bumpy Reinvention of Amherst Ave in Margate.

Reinvention of Margate’s Bayfront

At one time known as the Barbary Coast, Amherst Ave in Margate is undergoing yet another transformation.

Litigation is holding up other projects along Amherst Ave. Loss of parking and water views not palatable to those who live close by.

A long rumored, floating water park project looks to be delayed, at least for another year. Eventual back bay dredging would certainly help that business, along with other water-based business along the bay.

Lambertis now rebuilding it’s Margate bayfront eatery, along with a new bulkhead.


Amherst Ave. Back in the day, it was thee place for late night partying. A wide collection of bars and clubs. Many open well into the late night.

Margate’s legendary BARBARY COAST – Jerry Blavat’s Memories (formerly the Elbo Room), The Beacon Inn, Merrel’s, Gilhooley’s, Maynards, Kelly’s Corner Bar, Gables, Omar’s, Polo Bay / Touche, to name few.

Over time, residential townhouses replaced the party places. Maynards is one of the few still thriving.

Amherst Ave once featured a more robust fishing and boating destination. Today, only Ray Scott’s Dock and ‘The Keeper’ party boat remain.

Classy bars and restaurants like Tomatoes and Sophia now anchor this waterfront business district.


1 thought on “The Bumpy Reinvention of Amherst Ave in Margate.”

  1. Amhurst should be a non driving street with cafe’s and little shops all along the water like they have in italy or california. We have the people and the money lets not let all the other beaches take over our beautiful Margate. Since you are redoing the bulk heads this is the best time for a beautiful new Bay look.

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