Daytona Beach Landshark Bar & Grill to break ground soon

From the Daytona Beach News Journal: “Jimmy Buffett Daytona restaurant project to break ground

Jimmy Buffett fans will soon have more than one reason to flock to the World’s Most Famous Beach.

Along with the Buffett-inspired Latitude Margaritaville active adult community being developed along LPGA Boulevard, just west of Interstate 95, a new oceanfront development set to break ground 10:30 a.m. July 12 will include a Landshark Bar & Grill, one of the restaurant concepts owned by Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings company.

Site work on the oceanfront project, which will include a separately owned Tex-Mex eatery called Cocina 214 Restaurant & Bar, is set to begin this week.

The dual-restaurant complex is being built on a 6-acre lot at 451 S. Atlantic Ave., just north of the Volusia County lifeguard headquarters and SunSplash Park, in Daytona Beach.

The developer is Daytona Beach-based Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co., which bought the vacant lot last year from a New York investment fund.

John Albright, Consolidated-Tomoka CEO, said the target date for completing the two restaurants is December. The buildings will then be turned over to the tenants with a goal of having the eateries open before the annual Rolex 24 at Daytona race in late January.

Albright said Margaritaville Holdings committed to opening a Landshark restaurant there at roughly the same time as when it signed on as a partner with developer Minto Communities to create the planned 6,900-home Latitude Margaritaville 55-and-older community along LPGA Boulevard.

Margaritaville set to open in Cleveland Flats

From Cleveland.com “First look: Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville set to open in Cleveland Flats

There was no wasting away in Margaritaville. There were floors to buff, tables to move and, of course, fishing rods to hang and a boat to set sail.

Adding to the urgency of the workers bustling about Jimmy Buffett-themed venue was a deadline. Margaritaville will open to the public on July 3 in the Cleveland Flats. A grand opening will take place on July 11.

The menu echoes that theme with entrées such as beach tacos, jambalaya, fried chicken and steaks with tropical elixirs and, of course, a wide range of margaritas. And, yes, it will also serve the “Cheeseburger in Paradise” – Margaritaville’s signature burger named after Buffett’s 1978 hit.

The 23,000-square-foot Margaritaville boasts seating for 498 (153 outside seats and 345 indoors).

Vacation Cottages at Margaritaville Resort Orlando

From the Orlando Sentinel: “First look: Margaritaville’s vacation cottages

The public is getting its first glance at the vacation cottages that will be available at Margaritaville Resort Orlando, which is scheduled to open in late 2018. From the look of things, Floridians might feel right at home.

“Inspired by Key West, Bahamas, Jamaica, coastal Carolina, the Florida Keys, and towns along the Gulf Coast, these homes are designed to reflect those diverse architectural styles and periods while capturing that unmistakable Margaritaville paradise,” said Pat McBride, CEO of the McBride Company, which leads the design process of the Margaritaville properties.

The rendering released on Wednesday shows units in one-, two- and three-level designs. The dominant colors are pink, yellow, aqua and white. Other touches seen are shutters, Adirondack chairs and, naturally, palm trees.

Margaritaville has nine resorts/hotels across the Southeast United States and Caribbean. The Central Florida version is under construction along Highway 192 in Kissimmee, east of State Road 429..

When complete, the 300-acre Margaritaville Resort Orlando resort will feature 1,000 vacation homes, 300 timeshare units and a 187-room hotel. The properties are inspired by lifestyle of singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett.

In addition, plans call for a dining and entertainment district, a 12-acre water park, retail space, wooded fitness trails, a water taxi system and a 3-acre — and swimmer-ready — freshwater lagoon

Margaritaville says its vacation-home pricing starts at $250,000. For more information, go to www.margaritavilleresortorlando.com

Buffett talks about “Escape to Margaritaville”

Jimmy Buffett was at the La Jolla playhouse for the opening of “Escape to Margaritaville” recently. The San Diego Union Tribune has an interview with Buffett: “Escape to Margaritaville goes down easy at La Jolla Playhouse

Margaritaville is both a place and state of mind. Word is that it’s also — and we’re working to confirm this now — the title of a popular song.

Seriously, though, it seems a genius move of theatrical jujitsu to name a new musical “Escape to Margaritaville,” when there has been no escaping from Jimmy Buffett’s boozy tune “Margaritaville” for the past 40 years.

You will not be surprised to learn there’s a good-time, party vibe to it all. No one expected this show to be “Les Miz” in flip-flops (much less Chekhov by the beach), but it’s still worth noting how “Escape to Margaritaville” delivers just about every bit of what the phrase “Jimmy Buffett musical” promises, from the splashy colors to the steel-drum beats to the palm-fronded beach bar slinging fruity cocktails.

Latitude Margaritaville coming to South Carolina in 2018

A new development geared toward retired Parrotheads is set to be built on a roughly 2,700-acre site on U.S. 278 in Hardeeville, SC.

“This is something that we have been working on and looking forward to for months,” Hardeeville Mayor Harry Williams said Thursday. “It’s so exciting and a great compliment for the city and for the region that (the developer) chose us.”

The project — called Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head — is a partnership between the Jimmy Buffett-inspired Margaritaville brand and Florida-based developer Minto Communities.

The community will be built on the site of the southern portion of Hilton Head Lakes, which the developer has purchased, Minto senior vice president William Bullock said Thursday.

The Hardeeville location will be the second Margaritaville community. The first, in Daytona Beach, Fla., broke ground in March, according to a news release from the developers.

“We look forward to creating another port of paradise for those looking to live a life of fun and relaxation on the shores of South Carolina,” John Cohlan, chief executive officer of Margaritaville, said in a statement.

Bullock said the developer did months of consumer research, and potential residents surveyed overwhelmingly selected Florida and South Carolina “as their top two choices” for a Margaritaville community.

“We are very confident in our location choice,” he said, citing the proximity to airports, highways, shops, and the beach. “The great weather doesn’t hurt either,” Bullock said.

Plans for the 55 years-and-older Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head call for the construction of about 3,000 homes, a 290,000-square-foot retail center, and amenities such as a pool, fitness center, and tennis courts.

A variety of floor plans will be offered and home prices will start at around $200,000.

Construction is will start this summer and a sales center is expected to open early next year. “We expect the first residents (to be moved in) by the end 2018,” Bullock said.

For more information on LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE and to sign up to receive regular development updates, visit www.LatitudeMargaritaville.com.

Jimmy Buffett’s favorite Gulf Coast Bars

An article in June/July issue of Garden & Gun magazine lists Buffett’s favorite Gulf Coast Bars: “Why We Love the Gulf – Jimmy Buffett Drinks Here” (by Elizabeth Hutchison)

The son of a son of a Mississippi sailor, Jimmy Buffett got his start bouncing around Biloxi dive bars and New Orleans drinking dens before finding fame in Key West. “Culturally and historically, the Gulf is a unique stretch of water and land,” he says. “It always feels like home.” We asked the sun-
tanned troubadour to revisit his roots via his favorite coastal watering holes. “A place where you can have a cold beer and look out at the water,” he advises, “is the essence of throttling down.”

The list includes:
1) Bluegill – Spanish Fort, Alabama
2) Island Hotel – Cedar Key, Florida
3) Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar – New Orleans, Louisiana
4) LuLu’s at Homeport Marina – Gulf Shores, Alabama
5) Scranton’s – Pascagoula, Mississippi
6) Trapani’s Eatery – Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Buffett’s recent shows in Virginia and West Palm Beach

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow VA. The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights included: “The Wino And I Know”, “The Great Filling Station Holdup”, and “Defying Gravity”

Other recent shows include Virginia Beach on Thursday May 18th. Some of the songs played included “Pencil Thin Mustache”, “This Hotel Room”, and “Nautical Wheelers”. He also played West Palm Beach on Tuesday May 16th, including the songs “Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season”, and “Last Mango In Paris”.

Bristow VA 5/20/2017
(photos courtesy Nick Iannamico‎)