New Book from Chip Bell: “Cuban Crime of Passion”

The 14th book of the Jake Sullivan Series, “Cuban Crime of Passion” by Chip Bell is now available for order (available from Amazon in paperback or Kindle format)

Summary from the author:

Mike Lang is on a mission… a mission of revenge.As his best friend, Jake Sullivan, remains in a coma, near death, Mike is on a hunt for his assailant, the Leader of Group 45.Traveling to Cuba, he seeks out an old friend for help, only to find that it is his help that is needed.Trying to discover the plot behind a new biological weapon and watching his back, as he closes in on the Leader, Mike is forced to confront old ghosts and new dangers.Passions run hot as a final confrontation will only allow one survivor.

Buffett’s SOASOAS High Tide Tour kicks off in Orange Beach AL

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band kicked off the 2019 “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor High Tide Tour” last night at The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach AL.

The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights of the show included “Holiday” (last played 8-25-2005 in Philadelphia, PA), “Tides” (last played 10-23-2014 in Berkeley, CA), “Dreamsicle” (last played 8-22-2015 in East Troy, WI), along with covers of the songs “Half Drunk” (Will Kimbrough cover), and “The World Is What You Make It” (Paul Brady cover).

Fox10 News has a review of the show: “Jimmy Buffett rocks The Wharf in front of sold out crowd

Aerobar coming to Margaritaville Resort Biloxi

From the Sun Herald: “New Margaritaville amusement park will include a flying bar that lets you drink in the sky

New details are emerging on the new Margaritaville amusement park after developers brought plans to the Biloxi Review Committee on Wednesday.

The Sun Herald has obtained a list of rides, including the first AEROBAR ride in the United States, along with the proposed opening time and the fact that a boardwalk with food trucks will be built.

Heavy equipment moved in a week ago to ready the lot just west of Margaritaville Resort Biloxi, and the plan is to have the park open by next spring, according to Barrington Development. The company restored the former Casino Magic site that stood empty after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and reopened it in 2016 as Margaritaville.

Now, phase II of development is starting with a 15 foot-wide boardwalk along the water. It will link to other walkways being constructed in East Biloxi as part of the city’s waterfront plan.

“This will be good for East Biloxi,” Jerry Creel, Biloxi’s community development director, said of the amusement park. “It’s family entertainment,” he said, which will appeal to locals and tourists

In keeping with the Margaritaville theme — and to the delight of Parrotheads who follow all things Jimmy Buffett — one of the key attractions at the new amusement park is an AEROBAR, the first bar in the sky ride in the United States.

Riders are strapped in — like on a roller coaster — and sit facing each other in a circle with a bartender in the middle. The ride slowly rotates as it climbs 115 feet in the air — 137 feet with the two-story parking garage underneath. The ride takes 2 minutes to go up and down and 5 minutes on the top, according to the company website.

Coral Reefer cannabis brand

Coral Reefer launch begins in Florida on April 19th

From PR Newswire: “Jimmy Buffett and Surterra Wellness Launch Cannabis Brand, Coral Reefer

Surterra Wellness (Surterra), one of the nation’s fastest growing health and wellness companies, will officially kick-off the national launch of the Coral Reefer™ cannabis brand, a range of wellness-focused cannabis products and lifestyle merchandise, in Florida on April 19. The highly anticipated Coral Reefer brand will initially be exclusively distributed through the more than 20 Surterra Wellness Centers located in most major cities throughout Florida, and will roll-out in other states, including California and Nevada, by mid-summer 2019.

“It never dawned on me that Coral Reefer would be anything other than a cool name for a tropical band born out of the Key West lifestyle in the mid-70s,” singer, songwriter and best-selling author, Jimmy Buffett said. “But life is supposed to be about having fun and staying healthy enough to enjoy it. I think Coral Reefer will help a lot of folks do that.”

Surterra Wellness developed Coral Reefer in collaboration with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer team based on a landmark global licensing deal. The new Coral Reefer cannabis brand aims to enhance peoples’ lives while representing the carefree, relaxed roots of Key West. The launch of Coral Reefer represents a new approach of bringing cannabis and lifestyle products to consumers through an exclusive collaboration with an established, iconic, global brand.

“Launching Coral Reefer marks another exciting and transformative milestone for Surterra Wellness in a period of rapid growth,” said Surterra Chairman and CEO William “Beau” Wrigley, Jr. “The Coral Reefer brand reflects our intention to give consumers access to high-quality wellness and cannabis-based products through best-in-class partnerships with people and organizations that reflect our standards and values. Jimmy and his team share our commitment to quality and the belief that individuals can find personal wellness through the relief enhancing benefits and healing properties of cannabis.”

At launch, Coral Reefer will offer a selection of cannabis-based product formulas available in both disposable and reusable battery vaporizer formats and branded merchandise, including hats and t-shirts. The uniquely designed vape pen called the TideRider™ embodies the spirit of the brand with a sleek surfboard design, variable temperature controls and advanced ceramic coil technology for a clean and consistent vaping experience. All branded products feature the new signature Coral Reefer logo, a distinctive tropical design and Key West-inspired colors.

Later this year, the Coral Reefer brand plans to extend its product line to include edibles, topicals, pre-rolls, and CBD only formulas, inspired by tropical summer days. The expanded product selection will provide alternative ways to access the beneficial effects of cannabis, offering even more ways to unwind, relax and de-stress.

For more information on Coral Reefer products, please visit www.CoralReefer.com.

Compass by Margaritaville Hotel coming to Louisville KY

From the Courier Journal: “Margaritaville is coming to Louisville with this Jimmy Buffett-inspired hotel

Bourbon Country is about to get a taste of Margaritaville. Another 150 hotel rooms are planned for downtown Louisville, and this time they’re all Jimmy Buffett inspired.

Compass by Margaritaville Hotel and Resorts is bringing its resort-style vibe to 522 S. Fourth St., according to Kayla Louttit, spokesperson for the company.

That site is currently home to a parking lot, and is a half a block from the entrance to Fourth Street Live and two blocks from the newly expanded and remodeled Kentucky International Convention Center.

The hotel is expected to open in the third quarter of 2021 and will feature a 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar and Margaritaville Restaurant. The property is expected to be the third of its kind in the country.

Downtown Louisville has welcomed a number of hotel projects in recent years, but the Jimmy Buffett inspired brand is unique because its multigenerational, said Rebecca Matheny, executive director for Louisville Downtown Partnership.

“That brand and that hotel, people are very devoted to it,” she said. “It’s got a lot of energy.”

She expects it’ll fit well with the all-inclusive nature and the restaurant culture at nearby Fourth Street Live.

The company broke ground on its first Compass hotel in mid-March on Anna Maria Sound near Sarasota, Florida, and that hotel is slated to open in early 2020. A second is expected to open in Beaufort, North Carolina, at the end of next year.

Maragaritaville Resort coming to Houston area

From the Houston Business Journal: “Houston-area hotel to transform into Texas’ first Margaritaville Resort

La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa along Lake Conroe, about 55 miles north of downtown Houston, will be transformed into Texas’ first Margaritaville Resort, a Jimmy Buffett-themed concept.

Atlanta-based Songy Highroads and The Wampold Cos. of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, purchased the La Torretta property in Montgomery, according to a press release and a spokesperson. The Plasencia Group represented the seller, the spokeswoman said.

La Torretta has appeared in the top 10 on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Pool Hotels in the USA” list and was No. 18 on the most recent “Best Texas Resorts” list.

After an extensive renovation, the property will reopen in the third quarter of 2020 as Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe, per the release. The property will feature a combined total of 360 guest rooms across the main 20-story hotel tower and the waterfront villas on the lake. The transformation will start as early as this summer, but it was not immediately clear whether all or portions of the property would close during the project.

Two of the existing restaurants will become signature Margaritaville dining concepts: LandShark Bar & Grill and 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill. The rest of the property’s features — including an 18-hole golf course, tennis facilities, spa, restaurants, outdoor pools, and 45,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space — also will be refreshed.

“The Margaritaville lifestyle brand is one of the hottest in the country, and Texas is a prime market for it,” SHR COO Todd Nocerini said in the release. “The fact that the lakefront resort is an easy drive for residents of the state’s four largest markets only adds to the excitement and potential pool of guests.”