Buffett appears at groundbreaking for Margaritaville Casino

From Shreveporttimes.com: “Margaritaville groundbreaking draws a crowd

Developers of the Margaritaville Resort Casino officially broke ground on their $197 million project today during a special ceremony that included an appearance from Jimmy Buffett.

Buffett, whose 1977 hit song has been branded into a number of business ventures, told the large crowd at 777 Margaritaville Way it was “truly an honor” to be in attendance and back in the area where he had performed early in his career.

Mayor Lorenz “Lo” Walker, city councilmen, Bossier police jurors, representatives of the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation and the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, as well as other area officials were in attendance.

Construction will begin immediately on the $197 million casino and hotel, which is targeted to open in June 2013. Margaritaville Resort Casino is projected to provide more than 1,200 jobs and more than $12 million in local tax revenue to support jobs for first-responders and educators.