From the Daytona News Journal: “Fins up in Daytona: Latitude Margaritaville breaks ground”
Jimmy Buffett wasn’t there, but that didn’t squelch the giddiness of local elected officials and business leaders who turned out Tuesday to help break ground for a planned community here inspired by the singer/songwriter’s music and laid-back Key West lifestyle.
“This is very exciting,” said Nancy Keefer, president and CEO of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, one of more than 50 people attending the invitation-only event to kick off the initial phase of the planned 6,900-home Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach, community for residents age 55 and older.
The community — which has drawn national attention, including coverage by the “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” and Rolling Stone magazine — is set to be built on the north side of LPGA Boulevard, just west of Interstate 95.
Cohlan noted that Buffett, while having yet to visit the site, is involved in the project. “I’m sure (Buffett) will be here, schedule permitting,” Cohlan said. “He usually attends grand openings (for Margaritaville Holdings projects).”
Cohlan added that Latitude Margaritaville will include a music bandshell at its residents-only town center and that it is likely that Buffett at some point would perform there. “You never know when or where he’s going to show up, but he does,” Cohlan said
Model homes touting an Old Florida/Key West architectural style are on track to open by January with the first new homes ready for move-in by fall 2018. Prices for homes are expected to range from the low $200,000s to the mid-$300,000 with lots ranging in width from 54 feet to 64 feet.