Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort taking reservations

From the Sun Sentinel: “Long-awaited Margaritaville taking reservations

Get ready to pack your bags, Parrotheads. The new Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is taking reservations. Rates at the 349-room resort on the Broadwalk begin at $259 a night, a hotel spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The resort includes 151 king rooms, 154 queen rooms and 44 suites, along with the Jimmy Buffett Suite and the Coral Reefer Suite, which will occupy the penthouse level of the 17-story resort.
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

The $147 million Margaritaville, at Johnson Street and State Road A1A, will include eight restaurants and bars, oceanside pools, a FlowRider wave ride, spa and fitness center and 30,000 square feet of convention space.

“We look forward to welcoming our first guests,” General Manager Cate Farmer said in a news release Tuesday. Reservations are being accepted for stays starting Oct. 1, but the date will be adjusted when a firm opening date is set, the spokewoman said.

So far, the Margaritaville has said only that it will open in “summer 2015.” Hotel developer Lon Tabatchnick told city commissioners in April that Margaritaville could open after mid-July and before Labor Day, if all goes as planned.

Reservations are available by calling 844-5OCLOCK (844-562-5625) or at

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Buffett adds surprise Austin show to tour

Jimmy Buffett has added a stop at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater in Austin TX on Tuesday May 26th to the tour. Tickets for the show go on sale at 10 am on Thursday, May 21. Tickets can be purchased online only and are limited to two per customer. Patrons must pick up their tickets at the box office the night of the concert. You can purchase tickets through the Stubb’s website or through C3 Presents.

From “Jimmy Buffett adds surprise Austin show to summer tour”

Jimmy Buffet’s “Workin’ ‘n Playin’ Tour” tour is making a detour in Austin. On Tuesday, C3 Presents announced that the singer will stop by Stubb’s for a surprise concert on Tuesday, May 26.

“We’re thrilled to have Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band perform on our legendary stage,” said Principal of C3 Presents, Charles Attal, in a statement. “This will be one of the flagship events in the 20-year history of Stubb’s.”

This year’s tour coincides with the 40th anniversary of Buffet’s iconic A1A album, which debuted the song “A Pirate Looks at Forty.” To celebrate this landmark, Stubb’s will have a special happy hour before the concert with LandShark Lager (Buffett’s brew of choice) and Margaritaville Tequila margaritas.

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Jimmy Buffett Island Tea

Introducing Jimmy Buffett’s Island Tea

Tradewinds® Kicks Off This Summer With The Sip & Sing Your Way to Paradise™ Campaign

Tradewinds®, a brand inspired by a family tradition of real brewed sweet tea, will give fans a reason to sing this summer by announcing the launch of the Sip & Sing Your Way to Paradise™ tour and karaoke contest. Both initiatives will support the launch of the new Tradewinds® Jimmy Buffett’s Island Tea, a line of tropical-flavored ready-to-drink iced teas now available in select grocery, mass and convenience stores.

The Sip & Sing Tour will follow Jimmy Buffett’s “Workin’ n’ Playin'” concert series this summer and engage with fans through on-site sampling, a karaoke activation, and paradise-worthy giveaways. The nationwide karaoke contest kicked off on Thursday, May 7th at 12:00 AM CT/1:00 AM ET. Fans are encouraged to submit their best rendition of Jimmy’s classic hit song “Cheeseburger in Paradise” at At the end of the summer, the top 25 finalists will be awarded amazing prizes, including one grand prize trip to Margaritaville’s new flagship luxury resort in Hollywood, FL; two runner-up trips to Las Vegas, NV for a Jimmy Buffett VIP experience; a year supply of Tradewinds® Jimmy Buffett’s Island Tea; and paradise packs filled with goodies for kicking back!

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Buffett delivers UM Commencement Speech

From the Miami Herald: “Buffett dispenses life wisdom to UM grads and parrotheads everywhere

With flip flops on his feet, Jimmy Buffett looked out at hundreds of University of Miami graduates and grabbed the pink stole that had just been draped around his neck to mark his new and lofty honorary degree.

“I started off as a bar singer in Coral Gables,” he told students. “And I got a doctorate now.”

The singer-songwriter brought his signature laid-back island style, along with lots of salty advice, as commencement speaker at a Friday ceremony that also was one of the last for UM President Donna Shalala after 14 years at the helm.

Buffett told the crowd he was inspired to become a marine biologist after visiting the aquarium while on vacation in Florida with his family – and he wanted to study at UM.

“I wanted to be Jacques Cousteau with a Southern accent,” he said.

The closest he got was a nearby bar that’s now called Titanic Restaurant and Brewery, where Buffett said he landed his first paying gig.

He distilled his advice into a checklist for the “ever-elusive future.” The four bits of wisdom he shared: Everything in moderation. Make your avocation your vocation. Go see the world. And “be Santa Claus when you can.”

Wearing aviator sunglasses (he said he forgot his reading glasses,) Buffett encouraged students to get out and see the world. “Use your time well. Beware of falling into the sedentary trap.”

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Las Vegas Tour Date Announced

From Margaritaville: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band announce Las Vegas tour date! This October 17th, Jimmy & the Coral Reefers will be performing in “FIN” City! American Express cardholders have access to a ticket pre-sale on May 12th, and tickets go on sale to the public on May 18th.

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Buffett to deliver commencement at University of Miami

From the Miami Herald: “Jimmy Buffett announced as University of Miami commencement speaker”

Will he sing his commencement address?

You may have to be graduating Friday at the University of Miami to find out.

With graduation around the corner, the UM has announced that singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett will be among this year’s commencement speakers at one of the ceremonies Friday at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

The Margaritaville singer will deliver the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday when students from the schools of architecture, communication, education and human development, marine and atmospheric science, music, and nursing and health studies will cross the stage.

UM’s announcement teases that Buffett “may or may not sing his advice.”

While Buffett is most known for his music, he is also a best-selling author, philanthropist and businessman. He is involved in two restaurant chains named for his top songs Margaritaville and Cheeseburger in Paradise.

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New Book by Chip Bell: Son of a Son of a Sailor

Son of a Son of a Sailor“, the sixth novel in the Jake Sullivan series by author Chip Bell is now available at

The South Beach Sadist is dead . . . Jake had seen to that. But in two weeks, Miami has two new victims, each butchered and their bodies marked with the sign of the Sadist . . . a sign never revealed to the public.

As cryptic clues, and the promise of a third victim, begin to arrive in his office, Jake Sullivan, Chief Prosecutor for the Justice Department in Miami, and Mike Lang, his investigator and best friend, are once again hunting a madman.

As the trail leads to a rogue DEA agent, Jake and Mike close in on the killer, not realizing that saving victim three means saving one of their own.

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Buffett performs at Preservation Hall

From “Jimmy Buffett shook up a $2,000 margarita onstage at Preservation Hall Sunday night”

You never used to need a reservation at Preservation Hall,” goes the deep Jimmy Buffett cut “Reservation at Preservation Hall.” These days, you certainly need one for the Hall’s Jazz Fest Midnight Preserves series, a run of late-night concerts that take place each festival night and feature big-name performers from the Fair Grounds –- unannounced until they hit the venerable St. Peter Street stage –- in concert alongside members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Genial, charming and informal as always, he led a “Who Dat” chant with the audience, which apparently included silver-haired New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, in the middle of a set that included well-loved songs like “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” “Pencil Thin Mustache,” “I Will Play For Gumbo” and, of course, “Margaritaville.” The Parrothead network may have had advance intel on the surprise performance; most of the audience knew the words to his songs as well as they knew “Who Dat.”

The previously packed room was emptier by then. Most of the Parrotheads had left behind their leader, perhaps having been hit hard by the unexpected shots of warm tequila Buffett poured for fans sitting on the front-row benches. To benefit the Preservation Hall’s education and archival arm, the Preservation Hall Foundation, Buffett fixed a margarita onstage that was auctioned off for a final price of $2,000.

Neither that bit of theater-for-a-good-cause nor, for that matter, the $100-and-up Midnight Preserves ticket prices (which also benefit the Foundation) likely would have been on the menu at the bohemian Preservation Hall of Buffett’s youth. But even 50 years later, the now internationally renowned institution isn’t as polished as all that. Jimmy Buffett’s mixology performance was cut short when a staffer came to the side of the stage to ask for the shaker back. The Hall only had the one, and the courtyard bar needed it to serve cocktails

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