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.

‘Wheel of Fortune’ to Give Away $350,000 Margaritaville Home

This October, for the first time ever, Wheel of Fortune will make it possible for one lucky viewer to win a new “Home Sweet Home.” America’s Game® is partnering with Minto Communities and Margaritaville Holdings to give away a new home valued at $350,000 at Latitude Margaritaville, a new active adult community, in the “Home Sweet Home Giveaway,” airing nationally October 29 through November 2.

“After 35 seasons it’s not an easy feat to do something for the first time, but thanks to Latitude Margaritaville, we’re doing just that by giving away a house,” said Wheel of Fortune executive producer Harry Friedman. “Our viewers welcome us into their homes each night, so we’re returning the favor by welcoming one of them into a new home of their own.”

In addition to the grand prize of a house, 20 Margaritaville gift cards valued at $500 each will be given away as first prizes. The gift cards will be redeemable at www.MargaritavilleStore.com and select Margaritaville resorts and restaurants.

To enter, viewers should tune in to Wheel of Fortune each night October 29 through November 2, take note of the bonus round puzzle solution and input it at www.wheeloffortune.com for an entry. Members of the Wheel Watchers Club, Wheel of Fortune’s loyalty program, will be awarded an additional entry in the drawing. Winners will be chosen at random.

A “Home Sweet Home” themed week on Wheel of Fortune will air in conjunction with the exciting giveaway. It will feature a custom set including images from Latitude Margaritaville communities and Margaritaville-branded products. During the week of shows, Wheel of Fortune contestants will compete to win luxury vacations to popular Margaritaville Resorts including those in Florida, the Carribean and The Great Smoky Mountains

“We can’t think of a more fitting place for Wheel of Fortune to land than in Margaritaville,” said John Cohlan, chief executive officer of Margaritaville. “Regardless of their current latitude, we look forward to offering the show’s contestants and viewers a chance to win a piece of paradise.”

More information about the “Home Sweet Home Giveaway” and details on how to enter are available here.

Southern Living article on Buffett visiting Latitude Margaritaville Daytona

From Southern Living: “WATCH: Listen Up, Parrotheads: Sneak a Peek at Latitude Margaritaville

This neighborhood got a shock when Jimmy Buffett turned up on a few doorsteps to say hi. The undisputed king of Margaritaville has purchased a home in the first of several planned “55 and better” communities, Latitude Margaritaville Daytona. Promoting a fun, active lifestyle for Boomers who want to “grow older, not up,” Latitude Margaritaville represents the collaboration between Margaritaville Holdings and developer Minto Communities.

Move into Latitude Margaritaville, and you might find yourself chatting with a pirate in your kitchen. It has happened before.

Jimmy Buffett visits Latitude Margaritaville in Daytona

From the Daytona Beach News Journal: “Jimmy Buffett makes surprise visit to Daytona’s Margaritaville

Latitude Margaritaville residents Kelley and Bill Sarantis were told last week to expect a visit from “some people from corporate.”

The couple assumed that meant the developers of the Jimmy Buffett-inspired 55-and-older community.

On Thursday morning, they were surprised to find out the guest knocking on their front door was none other than the singer-songwriter himself.

“I walked from the kitchen and saw out the window that it was Jimmy Buffett,” recalled Kelley Sarantis. “He said, ‘Hey, neighbor!’”

The Sarantises were one of several Latitude Margaritaville homeowners Buffett met with Thursday morning.

His visit included a tour of the active adult community’s model homes as well as having lunch at the new beachside Landshark Bar & Grill on State Road A1A.

Buffett, whose primary residence is in New York City, purchased a house in the gated Latitude Margaritaville community. That house is nearing completion, said Kelley Sarantis.

“His home is beautiful,” said Kelley Sarantis, who also works as a Realtor.

“He had a design team at his home on Thursday that was getting ready to decorate so I anticipate he’ll spend some time there,” she said.

The Sarantises gave Buffett a tour of their home and then sat down to chat with him for 20 minutes while munching on watermelon and berries.

Buffett also played with the couple’s two dogs and showed them photos of his dogs on his smart phone.

Latitude Margaritaville coming to the Florida Panhandle

Master developer Minto Communities USA, global lifestyle brand Margaritaville Holdings and The St. Joe Company have combined their resources to pursue the development of a new LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE active adult community in Florida’s Panhandle region to be located in Bay County near Panama City Beach and the scenic 30A corridor. The community is projected to open in early 2020.

The LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE Watersound location 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.

LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE Watersound is the third of the communities to be developed. The first two LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE communities have opened in Daytona Beach, Florida and Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Homebuyers tour Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach

From the Daytona Beach News Journal: “Homebuyers get their first peek at Latitude Margaritaville model homes

The planned 6,900-home Jimmy Buffett-themed Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach is the first of several 55-and-older communities that developer Minto Communities and Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings company are teaming up to create in multiple states.

The community is being marketed as a real-life version of the fictional Margaritaville described in Buffett’s 1977 signature tune of the same name where the life is laid-back and filled with music and where that “frozen concoction that helps me hang on” is plentiful.

“Everything here is about food, fun and music,” said Bill Bullock, senior vice president of Minto Communities. “It’s all about the lifestyle and the fun that is going to be had. That’s why we chose to do this event as a street party.”

Bullock said later that 2,637 people went through the models Saturday.

The homes all have wide open floor plans with high ceilings. When walking in the front door of any of the models, the back patio is immediately visible with each house having the option of a backyard pool.

“They all have big kitchens and islands because it’s the gathering place,” Bullock said. “It’s all about having fun in the home.”

The bright, pastel-colored Old Florida/Key West-style homes and “villa” townhomes are being offered at starting prices ranging from the low $200,000s to the mid-$300,000s. A monthly homeowners fee includes lawn maintenance care and all amenities with the exception of food and beverage purchases.

The first phase of Latitude Margaritaville will also include a 33-acre town center with an array of amenities including a bandshell and town square area that will feature live music and special events, including dances, a bar and restaurant and a resort-style pool that will include cabanas, tiki huts and lawn games, fitness and activities centers, pet spa, walking trails and pickleball, tennis and bocce ball courts. This is set to be completed in early 2019.

Also planned is a private oceanfront beach club that will be built in Ormond-by-the-Sea and will be accessible via a loop shuttle.

Since sales began in November, more than 200 homes have been purchased. Bullock said he expects his company will build more than 300 homes this year, with plans to ramp up construction even further in subsequent years.

Margaritaville Resort Orlando Celebrates Groundbreaking

From the Orlando Business Journal: “Breaking ground: Construction to start on hotel in $750M Margaritaville Resort Orlando (Video)

Kick off your shoes and get ready to indulge in a tropical oasis being built right off U.S. Highway 192 southwest of Walt Disney World.

The only question now is if you prefer salt or sugar with your margarita in hand …

Project executives and Osceola County officials on July 27 tossed the ceremonial dirt for the next piece of the 300-acre, $750 million Margaritaville Resort Orlando — a 187-room hotel.

The new hotel in Kissimmee near Disney’s Animal Kingdom is expected to create host of new jobs once complete in fall 2018.

“We expect to create 700-1,000 jobs,” said Jim Bagley, managing director of project developer Encore Capital Management, during the ceremony where 250-plus people attended. “So, we think we are a big economic driver.”

Margaritaville Resort Orlando is one of several projects that will help the West 192 area attract more economic activity— an area that suffered severely because of the Great Recession, as previously reported by Orlando Business Journal.

The Margaritaville hotel is just one part of the massive mixed-use development that will have 200,000 square feet of shops and restaurants, vacation homes, and a water park. In all, the resort will create hundreds of jobs and plenty more in economic impact.