Margaritaville Hotel at The Island in Pigeon Forge

From PigeonForgeTNGuide.com: Opening Spring 2014 will be the brand new Margaritaville Island Hotel! It will be a 4 star hotel featuring 132 rooms and a rooftop pool. The Margaritaville Hotel in Pigeon Forge, TN will be one of the few Margaritaville hotels in the world! Below is the announcement banner currently hanging on a building at The Island in Pigeon Forge. (thanks to Shane for passing that along to us)

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Update

An update on the Margaritaville Resort: “Hollywood gives Margaritaville developer new deadline: July 5

Margaritaville’s developer says he needs more time to work out a deal with Starwood Capital — and he got it on Wednesday.

Developer Lon Tabatchnick told commissioners he could not meet the city’s April 10 deadline to take possession of the city-owned parcel.

Hollywood commissioners gave him a new deadline: July 5.

Tabatchnick plans to build the 17-story Margaritaville resort on 5 acres near Johnson Street and the Broadwalk. He plans to lease the land for 99 years, paying Hollywood $1 million in the first year alone.

Part of the deal requires Hollywood’s redevelopment agency to kick in $23 million and Starwood Capital to invest $75 million in the $138 million project.

“This is a complicated transaction,” Tabatchnick told the commission.

Gavin Middleton, senior vice president for Starwood, reassured commissioners.

“We feel very confident in the project,” he said. “We believe in it.”

Still, critics wondered whether it would ever be built.

Margaritaville Vacation Club coming to St Thomas

From Virgin Islands Daily News “Buffett, Wyndham share vision of Margaritaville

Jimmy Buffett has a long, colorful history with the Virgin Islands, but Friday he started a new chapter by officially launching the first Margaritaville timeshare resort.

Buffett and Wyndham Vacation Ownership President and Chief Executive Officer Franz Hanning officially unveiled the first rendering of the new resort to a small crowd of St. Thomas government officials and members of the business community.

Buffett is partnering with Wyndham to open the 262-unit resort, located at the former Renaissance Grand Beach Resort in Smith Bay on St. Thomas.

The hotel property has been abandoned for years, and Wyndham plans to invest $90 million to transform it into the flagship Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham property.

Friday’s reception took place at Penga, the Point Pleasant Resort restaurant that overlooks the site of the new Margaritaville resort.

Kicking off his flip-flops, Buffett picked up his guitar and sang three songs – “Boat Drinks,” which he said was inspired by a trip to St. Thomas; “Volcano”; and, of course, “Margaritaville” – to the small crowd as the sun began to set over Water Bay.

Financial problems for Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

From the Sun Sentinel.com: “Margaritaville hits financing skids

The fate of the long-anticipated Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is in peril because of problems obtaining financing, but the city and the developer say they’re optimistic the money will come through.

Developer Lon Tabatchnik is supposed to have financing in place by Tuesday but has yet to raise the $126 million needed for the 17-story, 349-room Jimmy Buffett-themed resort.

But Tabatchnik, city officals say, has received commitments to date from only 26 Chinese investors, which would raise $13 million, far too little to meet Tuesday’s deadline.

To get the project going, he’s now talking to banks for loans and he’s asking the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency to kick in up to $25 million.

Update on the Margaritaville Beach Resort

Update: From CBS Local: “Sneak Peak At New Hollywood Beach Margaritaville

Parrot heads may soon be flocking to Hollywood Beach. Developers of the new Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Hotel Resort have released new renderings of the Jimmy Buffett themed-beachfront oasis.

From Sun-Sentinel.com: “Margaritaville brings excitement and renovations to Hollywood beach

From the Miami Herald: “Margaritaville not open yet, but ready to party

The Margaritaville Beach Resort isn’t even open yet, and it’s already booked it’s first big event. Thursday night, the site of the future Margaritaville will be hosting The Huddle, a conference for travel planners, in order to get Hollywood on the map as a premiere destination.

And the future, for Margaritaville — which is tied to singer Jimmy Buffett — is looking bright, said Tabatchnick, during a presentation to the Hollywood City Commission Wednesday.

“We are getting there,” he said. “We are going through the process.”

Though there have been some delays — including pushing back the opening from March 2014 to August 2014 — Tabatchnick said within 60 to 90days he should have the building permits, community development district approval for the public garage and most of the financing secured.

Proposed Margaritaville Casino & Hotel in Bossier City LA

From KTBS.com: “Bossier City Council Approves Negotiation For New Casino

The Bossier City Council on Wednesday gave the mayor’s administration clearance to finalize the sale of city land to a Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville-themed casino.

The casino would be built on what used to be the city dump, located just north of Louisiana Boardwalk — if state regulatory agencies approve it and Bossier Parish voters agree to an expansion of gambling in Bossier. That election is tentatively scheduled for November.

Developers of the proposed casino, who want to relocate a casino license now held in Lake Charles, said they want to build a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville casino and hotel. The complex, which would cost $170 million, would include a 400-room hotel and Margaritaville restaurant. It would include parking for 1,500 vehicles and an entertainment facility for concerts.

Updates from Margaritaville.com

Jimmy Buffett Tampa Concert LIVE at LandShark Landing on April 16, 2011 at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola Beach, FL. Jimmy Buffet’s concert in Tampa will be streamed LIVE to a 20’ screen on the beach at LandShark Landing. The event is FREE and guests are welcome to bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the concert on the beach.

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