Shark named by Buffett visits Jersey Shore

From the Asbury Park Press: “Great white shark named by Jimmy Buffett visits Jersey Shore

The Jersey Shore saw two new visitors to its waters this week — baby white sharks.

JD, a tagged 75-pound juvenile male white shark that was named by singer Jimmy Buffett — who was on the vessel when the shark was tagged — was only yards from the Barnegat Light beaches Wednesday morning, according to the shark’s satellite tag.

The 5-foot 4-inch long shark was tagged by OCEARCH researchers on Aug. 14 after it was captured off the coast of Montauk, N.Y. during the group’s monthlong Empire State and Garden State expedition to search for great white sharks.

The shark traveled 178 miles from its capture site to Barnegat Light since being tagged.

Chris Fischer, OCEARCH’s founder and expedition leader, explained why the “Margaritaville” singer was on board the vessel at the time JD was tagged.

“Jimmy has been a real big supporter of OCEARCH,” said Fischer. “He named the shark after his dad, James Delaney.”

OCEARCH is researching the life-cycle of white sharks, an apex ocean predator. The sharks are known scientifically as Carcharodon carcharias and can grow up to 21 feet in length and weigh over 4,000 pounds.

Fischer estimates JD, which can be seen being tagged in the video above, is one year old and is feeding on small prey fish such as mackerel, menhaden and squid.

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“Escape to Margaritaville” will begin previews on Feb. 16, 2018 ahead of a March 15, 2018 opening at the Marquis Theater.

Buffett lyrics help tattoo shop win appeal vs. Key West

From the Palm Beach Post: “Cute or not, tattoos await tourists in Key West

Key West learned that lesson last week when a federal appeals court ruled that the city had no right to prevent a third tattoo parlor from opening in the town’s historic district.

Lawyers for Key West had argued that the First Amendment complaint raised by the tattoo parlor owner was not sufficient to overrule the city’s contention that tattoo parlors have an adverse effect on tourism.

They argued that “rash tourists will obtain regrettable tattoos, leading to negative association with Key West” and that this would hurt the city’s reputation as a vacation destination.

Lacking actual data to support that argument, the city cited the lyrics to the song, “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett.

The song’s narrator sings of his perpetual state of inebriation, which has not only caused him to lose his salt shaker, but also end up with “nothing to show but this brand new tattoo.” How it got there? He hasn’t a clue.

The lawyers said that actual tourists coming to Key West might have a similar experience, after wrapping up a night of drinking on Duval Street at a tattoo parlor. Especially if there are three, not two tattoo parlors, available.

But the appeals court wasn’t biting, choosing instead to interpret the Buffett lyrics in a way that didn’t support their argument.

“The singer in ‘Margaritaville’—seemingly far from suffering embarrassment over his tattoo—considers it ‘a real beauty.’” the judges wrote. Not to mention “a Mexican cutie,” I might add.

Buffett drops by New Orleans Saints practice

From ESPN: “WhoDat in paradise: Longtime Saints fan Jimmy Buffett drops by practice

Longtime New Orleans Saints fan Jimmy Buffett dropped by practice Tuesday at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.

Buffett, who grew up in Mississippi and Alabama, has reportedly been a die-hard “WhoDat” since he attended the Saints’ first home game in 1967 while working as a 20-year-old budding musician in a Bourbon Street club.

Buffett’s relationship with the Saints has only grown over the past decade because of a friendship with coach Sean Payton that began when Payton was an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys. Buffett told New Orleans’ FOX 8 on Tuesday that his first memory of Payton was when Payton, former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman and others got rowdy during a Buffett concert and tried to pull down a shark that was floating across the crowd.

Buffett joined the Saints for their postgame celebration after they won the Super Bowl in 2010. He wore a “Free Sean Payton” T-shirt while Payton played the bongo drums during a 2012 concert in New Orleans while Payton was suspended because of the bounty scandal.

Buffett’s Mercedes Benz Stolen and Recovered

From Local10.com: “Police use GPS to nab teen accused of stealing Jimmy Buffett’s Mercedes Benz

A 17-year-old boy faces a grand theft auto charge after he stole a Mercedes-Benz belonging to Jimmy Buffet after the singer left his keys in the car, police said.

According to a Palm Beach police report, Buffett’s personal representative, Darin Hinson, alerted them to the theft, which occurred sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Hinson told police Buffett returned home Tuesday night and parked in the driveway, leaving the keys in the car.

Using the global positioning system in the car, police were able to track the Mercedes to a gas station in Riviera Beach and then south on Interstate 95 to another gas station in Lake Worth.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputy was the first to arrive at the gas station and found the stolen car parked outside.

The keys to the Mercedes were resting on the front right tire of a Dodge Caravan parked next to it, police said.

Standing next to the van was Michael Hardy, who was seen on surveillance video at the Riviera Beach gas station driving the stolen car, police said.

Hardy was taken to the Palm Beach Police Department for questioning, where he admitted to trading drugs for the car, police said.

Hardy told police he exchanged $100 worth of crack cocaine that he cut to make it look like $200 worth so he could get the car. Hardy said he gave the drugs to a man he knew only as “John” in Riviera Beach.

Buffett, 68, is best known for his songs “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Margaritaville.”