Certainly no stranger to real estate development, John H. “Jack” Burbage founded Blue Water Development Corporation, after spending years with his sons, John III and Todd, specializing in the restoration and construction of commercial properties throughout Maryland. The purchase of a single campground redirected their focus toward the hospitality industry, and today, the company owns three upscale campgrounds (Sunset Beach Resort, Chincoteague Island KOA in Virginia and The Resort at Massey’s Landing in Delaware) and multiple hotels (Bethany Beach Ocean Suites in Delaware, The Commander Hotel in Maryland, Drifting Sands Hotel in New Jersey and Fairfield Inn & Suites Chincoteague in Virginia), with a sundry of new ventures accumulating along the East Coast. Responsible for a significant impact in recent economic and new job growth on the Eastern Shore, Blue Water is raising the bar in the real estate industry. The West Ocean City-based company has earned a stellar reputation for its dedication to the development of superior quality properties with sophisticated designs, gracious floor plans and first-class amenities. Additionally, Blue Water is renowned for its commitment to “paying it forward” with each project: hiring local contractors, using local materials, promoting local businesses — it’s all part of a community investment.
“We don’t want to be all things to all people. We want to develop the property, create the jobs and also invite partnerships. It’s not a ‘take-it’ here; it’s a ‘How do we fit in and how do we put back into the community that we’re serving in?” says COO Bob Thompson. “Everything is about reinvesting where you are, at all levels. Whether it’s the guest experience: you and your family and kids, or reinvesting to create the jobs. There’s just so much that ties into that.”