Camp Margaritaville to open Spring 2021 in Tennessee

From WVLT TV 8: “Margaritaville RV Resort coming to East Tennessee

With the RV industry really hot, developers of the Pigeon Forge Margaritaville brand say they want to merge the two for a first of its kind Margaritaville RV Resort.

Construction sounds are all over the 37-acre property in Pigeon Forge. Much of the asphalt for the drive has been laid as well as the concrete pads for the RVs. Developer Darby Campbell said it just made sense for the first of its kind RV park where they say it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.

“This is the first ‘Camp Margaritaville’ in the country. So we’re pretty excited about the amenity package. We’ve got a bar, grill restaurant,” said Campbell. “The RV industry has just exploded during this pandemic and then to have the Margaritaville Brand coupled with the RV Industry is a no-brainer. It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.”

He hopes to tap into the RV market which is different than the other three Margaritaville hotel properties in Pigeon Forge.

“This is our 4th Margaritaville branded product here and all of them the occupancies are doing great. People are loving them and I just think it’s the lifestyle, that we have with Margaritaville,” said Campbell.

The site includes nearly 180 RV sites where the parking spaces were for the former Boyds Bear Factory. That property has stood vacant and for sale for 14 years. Campbell plans to transform the building into a new 79 room lodge that features a restaurant, bar and pool. Guests of the RV park will get a chance to enjoy the amenities at the Lodge.

Campbell says this puts a $40 million, once bankrupt property, back on the books in Pigeon Forge.

“It’s significant project for Pigeon Forge, but we’re really excited and the city is too and I’m glad. The city has been really good to us so to find a way to get this failed project back into the tax rolls is exciting for us,” he said.

This entire project is different from most Jimmy Buffet themed hotels you’ll find on the beach. But what Campbell says is even more unique is how close you are to the busy parkway, yet relaxing at any 5 o’clock hour you choose.

“One unique thing about this location is it’s elevated about the city of Pigeon Forge, so when you look you’re really only looking at the mountains.”

Phase one is set to open this spring at Pigeon Forge.

Also Margaritaville RV Resort is opening at Lake Lanier near Atlanta, GA.

Wheel of Fortune Home Sweet Home Giveaway

Watch Wheel of Fortune this week to win a free home. If you’ve ever dreamed of wasting away in Margaritaville but are younger than 55, there may be a free home in Westlake in your future.

Wheel of Fortune is partnering with Minto Communities to give one lucky viewer a free house this week as part of their “Home Sweet Home Giveaway

Last year, the lucky winner Michael Corbett relocated from Dayton, OH to his new home at Latitude, and the show’s hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White recently visited him there where they were surprised by singer Jimmy Buffett.

One randomly selected winner will receive a new home valued at $350,000 at Jimmy Buffett’s Latitude Margaritaville, a 55 and better active adult community located in Daytona Beach.

Simply watch Wheel of Fortune any of the five nights this week take note of the bonus round puzzle solution and enter it online at www.wheeloffortune.com.

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.