Latitude Margaritaville Sales Center opens Oct 30th

You’ve been patiently waiting and the time has finally come! The Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach Sales Center will open for Preview Tours starting Monday, October 30th! Although we will not accept deposits on home purchases until our sales launch on November 13th, this is an incredible opportunity to learn more about the Latitude Margaritaville lifestyle and explore our interactive Sales Center.

As part of the tour, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the Latitude Margaritaville lifestyle. You will be the first to preview the planned FINtastic amenities including 3D models of the Latitude Town Square, Beach Club and overall community site plan.

New Book from Chip Bell: “Fins”

The 11th edition of the Jake Sullivan Series, “Fins“, is now available at Amazon.

Summary from the author: Jake Sullivan has just returned from a life and death struggle in Mexico, and still faces an ongoing battle with Group 45. He soon finds himself in a confrontation with a late night assailant, the descendant of a minor historical figure of the Nineteenth Century, who provides Jake with an amazing tale and a strange drawing that may hold the key to solving a murder clouded by history and finding the long-lost City of Gold.

Once again, Jake and Mike embark on an adventure, aided by a knowledgeable young intern from the Federal Institute of Native Studies, and, as usual, the warning sign circling slowly on the surface of the water does not even begin to represent the dangers and discoveries to be found far below.

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 Broadway Pre-sale

Tickets for “Escape to Margaritaville” the musical are now available for pre-sale at TicketMaster.com using code ESCAPE. The pre-sale starts on June 5th and ends Tuesday June 13th at 9:59 AM ET. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday June 26th.

ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy getaway featuring both original songs and your most-loved JIMMY BUFFETT classics, including “Come Monday,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and many more.

“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.