Colt Clark and the Quarantine Kids dance lesson from Tina and Nadirah

From Colt Clark and the Quarantine Kids: A couple weeks ago we got the opportunity to be interviewed by SiriusXM radio for Radio Margaritaville and Margaritaville TV. Needless to say we were very excited! Bellamy got to learn some dance moves and background vocal tips from the professionals, Nadirah Shakoor and Tina Gullickson who are in Jimmy Buffett’s band. Then Colt and the kids got to perform “Fins” live. This was such an amazing opportunity and we are so thankful to have been apart of it.

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Buffett kicks off Mardi Gras for All Y’all

From Nola.com: See highlights from Night 1 of Mardi Gras for All Y’all: From Muses to Cajun country … and Ouachita

It’s hard to call it Carnival without parades, but Friday was time to kick off Mardi Gras for All Y’all.

The first of the three-night event featured live music, in-depth features on the Krewe or Muses and other Mardi Gras staples, appearances from Cam Jordan, Jimmy Buffett and many others, along with some impromptu Louisiana pronunciation quizzes.

From Jimmy Buffett: “I think Mardi Gras should be a national holiday in America, and that everyone should get two days off …”.

Watch Jimmy Buffett’s appearance from the first night Mardi Gras for All Y’all

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Margaritaville Resort Times Square to open Spring 2021

From the New York Post: “Times Square Margaritaville with outdoor pool to open amid COVID-19 pandemic

Musician and businessman Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Resort empire is coming to Manhattan and, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, plans to open in Times Square late this spring. 

Initially set to open in fall 2020, the new Midtown leisure behemoth will feature 234 guest rooms, 4,861 square feet of ground-floor retail space, five restaurants and bars (License to Chill Bar, 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, Landshark Bar & Grill, Joe Merchant and Margaritaville Restaurant), Times Square’s only outdoor pool, sweeping rooftop views and at least one margarita-equipped Statue of Liberty replica across its 32-story building at 560 Seventh Ave., Curbed reported based on renderings.

Construction is estimated to have cost about $300 million. An exact date was not given but it’s set to open amid an industry-wide crisis.

The lot previously held a six-story Parsons School of Design building, the first floor of which was occupied by the Garment Center Congregation temple. (The synagogue managed to maintain pricey commercial property thanks to its rent being just $1 a year due to a 99-year 1970s-era lease.) When the New School sold the building in 2014, the buyer was required to negotiate with the temple, and ultimately came to the agreement the new building would house the congregation, Curbed reported.

While cheeseburgers are not allowed in the Jewish heaven on Earth, onion slices certainly are, and Garment Center’s new home is equipped with a kosher kitchen as well as a terrace and two below-ground levels, in addition to a first-floor space. It will be the Margaritaville conglomerate’s first in-house temple. 

The Jewish house of worship sets the new Manhattan Margaritaville apart, but it’s otherwise quite humble in comparison to the over 20 other Margaritaville locations, which feature spas, zip lines, erupting volcanoes and even an amusement park at the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, branch.

NYC guests, however, will be able to enjoy valet parking, a gym, laundry, Keurig coffee makers, walk-in rain showers and other amenities.

“Margaritaville Resort Times Square will bring an authentic no worries vibe to the city that never sleeps,” the resort’s homepage promises to potential customers and tourists

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Camp Margaritaville to open Spring 2021 in Tennessee

From WVLT TV 8: “Margaritaville RV Resort coming to East Tennessee

With the RV industry really hot, developers of the Pigeon Forge Margaritaville brand say they want to merge the two for a first of its kind Margaritaville RV Resort.

Construction sounds are all over the 37-acre property in Pigeon Forge. Much of the asphalt for the drive has been laid as well as the concrete pads for the RVs. Developer Darby Campbell said it just made sense for the first of its kind RV park where they say it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.

“This is the first ‘Camp Margaritaville’ in the country. So we’re pretty excited about the amenity package. We’ve got a bar, grill restaurant,” said Campbell. “The RV industry has just exploded during this pandemic and then to have the Margaritaville Brand coupled with the RV Industry is a no-brainer. It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.”

He hopes to tap into the RV market which is different than the other three Margaritaville hotel properties in Pigeon Forge.

“This is our 4th Margaritaville branded product here and all of them the occupancies are doing great. People are loving them and I just think it’s the lifestyle, that we have with Margaritaville,” said Campbell.

The site includes nearly 180 RV sites where the parking spaces were for the former Boyds Bear Factory. That property has stood vacant and for sale for 14 years. Campbell plans to transform the building into a new 79 room lodge that features a restaurant, bar and pool. Guests of the RV park will get a chance to enjoy the amenities at the Lodge.

Campbell says this puts a $40 million, once bankrupt property, back on the books in Pigeon Forge.

“It’s significant project for Pigeon Forge, but we’re really excited and the city is too and I’m glad. The city has been really good to us so to find a way to get this failed project back into the tax rolls is exciting for us,” he said.

This entire project is different from most Jimmy Buffet themed hotels you’ll find on the beach. But what Campbell says is even more unique is how close you are to the busy parkway, yet relaxing at any 5 o’clock hour you choose.

“One unique thing about this location is it’s elevated about the city of Pigeon Forge, so when you look you’re really only looking at the mountains.”

Phase one is set to open this spring at Pigeon Forge.

Also Margaritaville RV Resort is opening at Lake Lanier near Atlanta, GA.

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Dylan Orenstein talks about Buffett’s new album

Dylan Orenstein is a special guest on The Paul Leslie Hour.

Although his official title is Chief Investment Officer, Dylan Orenstein likes to say he “works for Jimmy Buffett.” Working for such a versatile artist with so many interests, means those who work for him do a variety of things. Take for instance the new studio album from Jimmy Buffett: Songs You Don’t Know By Heart, of which Orenstein was an Associate Producer.

Does discussion about unpopular poets and ice cream belong side by side? If you’re Dylan Orenstein, the answer is yes. For the impassioned Jimmy Buffett fan, you’ll be very glad you tuned into this in-depth interview. He’s right here on The Paul Leslie Hour!

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