Possible Margaritaville Resort coming to Jacksonville Beach

From Action News Jax: “Jimmy Buffett ‘Margaritaville’ hotel possibly coming to Jacksonville Beach

Jacksonville Beach will have the opportunity to get into the “Margaritaville state of mind” after the beachside city confirmed a proposal to construct a “Margaritaville” hotel project.

Jacksonville Beach director of planning and development Bill Mann said the project is planned for the vacant, oceanfront block between 6th and 7th Avenues North.

Mann said the hotel project would connect with the city’s seawalk boardwalk to the south along the oceanfront.

The project is in development plan review with the city’s Planning and Development Department. Mann said there’s no start date yet for the construction.

Mann called the project “a great addition to our downtown area.”

Longtime Jacksonville Beach resident Carol Wakefield couldn’t agree more.

“An ocean front hotel with an amazing bar and restaurant. What could be better than that?” Wakefield said. “It’s something we need, you can see there’s a gap here. Something needs to make this area come alive.”

Buffett named ambassador for the Les Voiles de Saint-Barth

From ABC News: “Jimmy Buffett sails to aid of regatta on storm-hit St. Barts

Jimmy Buffett knows all about hurricanes and sailing, so it’s appropriate that the singer-songwriter has been enlisted to help promote a regatta on the Caribbean island of St. Barts and show that life is returning to normal after a direct hit from Hurricane Irma in September.

Buffett will serve as U.S. ambassador for the Les Voiles de Saint-Barth, April 8-14, a mainstay on the Caribbean yacht racing circuit.

“I sailed into the harbor in 1978 and it’s always kind of been my second Caribbean home, after Florida,” Buffett said by phone from New York, where he’s getting ready for the Broadway premiere of his musical, “Escape to Margaritaville.” ”My kids all kind of grew up down there. I have a fond attachment from those early days. I’ve seen it in a lot of phases and I think it’s one of the most unique spots on the planet.”

Buffett owns a villa on St. Barts that was undamaged by the storm. He said he’s impressed with how the island residents are bouncing back and he’s eager to help.

“They’re pretty resilient people there. They always have been,” he said. “They did an amazing job, I thought, in getting the place in any way presentable.”

Buffett played a free concert on the main dock in Gustavia on Dec. 27 to give locals a break from the recovery work and attract visitors to the island.

“People know St. Barts as a ritzy place, but what makes it so unique is the people in the service industry, the working people on the island,” he said. “They don’t live in mansions on the hill. They live in houses that took the brunt of storm. Everyone has worked together to get back to normal.

Buffett will be onsite for the regatta but won’t be sailing and isn’t scheduled to play a concert. But he has done impromptu sets at local bars.

“It’s been known to happen,” he said, adding: “It’s always fun. It’s always been a sailing community. Sailors sing, sailors sing in bars and all the accouterments that go along with it are there.”

Buffett adds three shows to 2018 Tour

Three additional shows have been added to Jimmy Buffett’s 2018 “I Don’t Know” tour

Friday April 6th, 2018 – North Charleston Coliseum – Charleston, SC
Tickets go on sale January 12th.

Saturday April 7th, 2018 – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
Tickets go on sale January 12th.

Tuesday April 17th, 2018 – Verizon Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
Tickets go on sale January 12th.

Buffett performs on New Years Eve in Nashville

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on New Years Eve at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville TN. The last time they played on New Years Eve was back on 12/31/2015 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY.

The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights from the show included “Fins” (with Huey Lewis on harmonica), “Margaritaville” (with Frank Marshall on guitar), “Last Mango In Paris / La Vie Dansante”, “Auld Lang Syne”, and a cover of Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers, Guns and Money”.

Caroline Jones performed “Bare Foot” and added vocals on “Come Monday” and “Trip Around the Sun”.

During the show Huey Lewis said he will be performing at Fenway Park in Boston in 2018 with Jimmy Buffett.

Buffett performs in Key West for Doug Jones

Jimmy Buffett performed last night at the Margaritaville Café in Key West. Mayor Craig Cates and Senator Elect Doug Jones made an appearance.

Update from TheHill.com: Singer Jimmy Buffett reportedly serenaded Sen.-elect Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and his wife, Louise Jones, in Key West, Fla., on Saturday as the couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

The event, which was first reported by Politico, took place at Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant less than a week after Jones scored a surprise victory over Republican candidate Roy Moore, who was plagued by sexual misconduct allegations.

Buffett sang “Stars Fell on Alabama” to the couple and gave them a special shoutout, according to the news outlet.