Buffett performs at Block Island Race Week

From BlockIslandRaceWeek.com: Legendary musician Jimmy Buffett made a surprise appearance at the final awards party for Block Island Race Week, presented by Margaritaville.

Buffett took the stage to address the huge gathering of sailors enjoying Margaritaville margaritas and LandShark lager and expressed total enthusiasm for the regatta his lifestyle company sponsored this year. 

“I think Margaritaville is Block Island right now,” said Buffett, who performed an impromptu concert to cap off Margaritaville Race Day. “I always thought it would be kind of cool to have a regatta that was part of Margaritaville. Thank you Block Island for being the very first one.”

Buffett, performing solo, then launched into renditions of ‘Son of a Sailor’, ‘Margaritaville’ and ‘Five O’Clock Somewhere’ to the delight of the massive crowd jammed into the big top tent.

Several hours earlier, long before Buffett arrived on the island, Kevin McNeil sat on a bench at Payne’s Dock drinking a Mudslide from Mahogany Shoals. The Annapolis skipper was the very picture of exhaustion, relief and satisfaction all rolled into one. 

McNeil and his team aboard Seabiscuit had just captured an incredibly competitive class by winning the eighth and final start at Block Island Race Week, presented by Margaritaville. HeadFirst3, a Canadian entry skippered by Peter Toombs, had given Seabiscuit all it could handle in PHRF 2. 

Plans finalized for Latitude Margaritaville Watersound 55+ community

Master developer Minto Communities USA, global lifestyle brand Margaritaville Holdings and The St. Joe Company announce the official formation of their joint venture to develop Latitude Margaritaville Watersound, an active adult community in Florida’s Panhandle region located in Bay County near Panama City Beach and the scenic 30A corridor. The community is projected to break ground by the end of 2019.

Latitude Margaritaville Watersound is in the heart of St. Joe’s Bay-Walton Sector Plan that is entitled for 170,000 homes. St. Joe owns approximately 15 miles of frontage on the Intracoastal Waterway connecting West Bay with Choctawhatchee Bay, and it is expected that the community will receive the benefit from the spectacular vistas and recreational opportunities that surround it.

The first phase of the project is anticipated to include approximately 3,500 homes with supporting sales center, community amenities and infrastructure for the 55-and-better community. The sales center, model homes, and first phase of the Latitude Margaritaville Watersound community will be located west of Highway 79 and north of the intersection with Highway 388 in Bay County.

Latitude Margaritaville Watersound is the third Latitude Margaritaville community to be developed by Minto and the first to be developed in partnership with St. Joe. The first two Latitude Margaritaville communities are located in Daytona Beach, Florida and Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Jorge Gonzalez, president and CEO of St. Joe stated, “We are pleased to announce the execution of the definitive joint venture agreement with Minto and the project groundbreaking in late 2019. The planned Latitude Margaritaville Watersound community is in close proximity to the Intracoastal Waterway, the Gulf of Mexico’s gorgeous white sand beaches, existing shopping and entertainment centers like Pier Park, and Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport with non-stop service by Delta, Southwest, American, and United to 13 destinations. In addition to being in close proximity to these terrific natural amenities and facilities, the planning process for a new marina village and commercial district immediately adjoining Latitude Margaritaville are already underway.”

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

Oklahoma Buffett fans fall ill while vacationing in Dominican Republic

From the New York Post: “Oklahoma Jimmy Buffett fans mysteriously fall ill while vacationing in Dominican Republic

A group of Jimmy Buffett-diehards from Oklahoma were sick as hell in paradise — the latest in an ever-growing list of tourists to be sickened during a jaunt to the Dominican Republic, a report said.

Dana Flowers, a travel agent who vacationed to Punta Cana with the Buffett-loving Central Oklahoma Parrothead Association, said that four days into their April trip, he and other members came down with a mysterious illness.

“I can’t even explain how sick I was,” Flowers told Oklahoma’s News 4.

And in no time, he was wasting away, he continued. “Lost 14 pounds during that time and was really sick.”

By the end of the vacation, 47 of the 114 Oklahomans reported becoming ill, Flowers said, with many of them too sick to leave their rooms at the Hotel Riu Palace Macao.

Flowers said it’s unclear what caused the illnesses — Punta Cana doctors suggested a parasite might be to blame.

Margaritaville and Karisma Hotels Announce All-inclusive Luxury Brand

From Travel Market Report: Margaritaville and Karisma Hotels & Resorts are sharing more details on their previously announced partnership of a collection of all-inclusive luxury resorts.

Called Margaritaville Island Reserve by Karisma, the brand will be composed of upscale, relaxed resorts built in beachfront destinations throughout Mexico and the Caribbean.

It promises “upscale coastal design, exceptional service, and top-quality food and beverage,” including local flavors from Rita’s Taco house and gourmet offerings from Frank & Lola’s and Chill Beachside Bar & Grill.

“The landmark partnership between Karisma and Margaritaville will combine the exceptional hospitality and service Karisma is known for with Margaritaville’s signature food and beverage concepts under their esteemed lifestyle brand in premier beachfront destinations across Mexico and the Caribbean,” a company spokesperson said.

The first property, Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun by Karisma, will open this winter. Additional confirmed locations include a second resort in Mexico’s Riviera Maya in 2020, as well as Negril in Jamaica and Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic.

“With breathtaking beach views, friendly and anticipatory service and our signature Margaritaville state of mind, Margaritaville Island Reserve is truly the ‘Mi Casa es Su Casa’ experience guests deserve at an inclusive resort,” said Tamara Baldanza-Dekker, chief marketing officer for Margaritaville.

This will be Margaritaville’s first collection of inclusive luxury resorts. The continuously expanding empire from Jimmy Buffet now includes 18 properties since launching its hotel arm in 2010. It has 24 additional projects in the pipeline.

Learn moreabout Margaritaville Island Reserve by Karisma
https://www.karismahotels.com/margaritaville-island-reserve-resorts

Buffett’s SOASOAS High Tide Tour hits Houston

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor High Tide Tour” continued last night at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion in Woodlands, TX (Houston).

The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights from the show included “Who’s The Blonde Stranger” (last played October 13, 2016 at Red Rocks in Denver, CO), “Frenchman For The Night”, and “We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About”.