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.

Jimmy Buffett to perform at Hurricane Benefit Concert

From “Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith to headline hurricane benefit at Civic Center

As beach bum bard Jimmy Buffett sang on his 1974 album “A1A,” it hurts your brain when “Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season.”

That’s particularly fitting considering the devastating hurricane season of 2017, so far.

Buffett, 70, is returning to Tallahassee with pals Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and the Coral Reefer Band in tow on Nov. 19 for a special “Trying to Reason …” benefit concert in The Tucker Civic Center. Proceeds will go to help communities in Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean islands that were battered by storms. The tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Oct. 27. There is a limit of eight tickets per customer. Call 850-583-7841 or visit

“The ticket prices haven’t been released yet,” Tucker Civic Center Marketing Director Allison Dobin said in an email on Friday afternoon. “Hoping to get those released soon.”

Buffett performs in San Francisco

From Mercury News: “Jimmy Buffett delivers memorable tribute to late, great Tom Petty

Jimmy Buffett was back in the Bay Area on Thursday night, delighting fans at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco with such longtime concert favorites as “Find” and “Volcano.”

Yet, Mr. “Margaritaville” also took the time to pay tribute to the great Tom Petty, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who died Oct. 2.

First up, Buffett performed a really solid version of Petty’s 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down.”.

Later in the set – during the encore, actually – he’d perform yet another Petty classic, “Wildflowers.”

Buffett also paid tribute to his old buddy Glenn Frey (who died in 2016) and played a nice version of the Eagles’ first hit, “Take It Easy.”

And, as per usual in San Francisco, Buffett tipped his hat to Jerry Garcia (who died in 1995) and the Grateful Dead, this time around with “Scarlet Begonias” (which he’s played many times before in the Bay Area).

Article on Escape to Margaritaville

From “Jimmy Buffett’s Broadway musical is a ‘beach vacation’

Pay attention. There’s a new kid in town.

Name’s Paul Alexander Nolan. He stars in singer/songwriter/guitarist Jimmy Buffett’s soon-due Broadway musical “Escape to Margaritaville

“When I tested for the role, I was laid-back. Not showy,” he said. “Christopher Plummer says, ‘Wear the right shoes at auditions.’ It’s like a dialect. Flip-flops, boots, heels, dress shoes affect your stance. Your inside feeling.

“This show’s islandy. Set on a beach vacation. So, dead of winter, I came to the audition carrying a bag of clothes and, like a lunatic, changed into resort wear, sandals, Hawaiian shirt, a guitar on my back.

“There’s so many screw-ups trying out a new show. Once onstage, I’m playing the opening lick. Singing loud lyrics to a Buffett song. Suddenly I blanked. Couldn’t remember what’s next. So I just asked the audience who were his fans, ‘What’s next?’ and they shouted it out.

“This is no usual jukebox musical. Writers took his songs, extracted his folklore and localized it . . . he’s now from Montauk.”

OK, OK. Tell me about the show.

“To feel Jimmy’s roots, how he started in bars, he made me sing in a packed bar where it’s loud. People continued to talk. I’m used to quiet theater. He did a set, then I did a set. My anxiety was only quelled by my longtime practice. And I learned to keep on, plow through even while the joint kept partying.

“You’re going to love ‘Escape to Margaritaville.’”

Buffett performs in Vancouver

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver Canada. He last performed in Vancouver on October 17, 1993 during the Chameleon Caravan Tour. The set list from the show is now available.

Sarah Mclachlan was a special guest for the show and joined Buffett for the songs “Learning To Fly” (Tom Petty cover), “A Pirate Looks At Forty”, and “Wildflowers” (Tom Petty cover).

Buffett to release “Buried Treasure” in November

Jimmy Buffett will release a collection of songs from the late 60’s called “Buried Treasure” on November 17, 2017. It is available at in two formats:

A few years ago when legendary Nashville producer Buzz Cason sold his recording studio, there was some cleaning up to do. That’s when Jimmy learned they had found a collection of 1⁄4-inch tapes that turned out to be the original demos of songs Jimmy had written and recorded for Buzz in the late 60’s. There were over 125 songs in that pile of tape boxes. In addition to the song demos there were also the first recordings Travis Turk had engineered in Mobile, and that is where the whole story of Buried Treasure begins.

JB : “There is a reason we are calling this collection of songs and stories Buried Treasure – because they were literally buried in a closet in a recording studio in Nashville for decades. They were discovered by an old friend, Travis Turk, who actually recorded these tracks in Mobile, Alabama in 1969, and more in Nashville in the years following when we both wound up moving there. Travis eventually produced the first two albums I recorded in Nashville, as well. When we first found the tapes of Buried Treasure, I didn’t know that it would turn out to be such a unique situation where I’d actually get to honor and introduce the people who started me out.”

It will be available in standard and deluxe packaging. Both releases contain 11 acoustic tracks and song-by-song narration by Jimmy Buffett. The Standard version contains a 28 page book. The Deluxe version is a 40-page collector’s book with never before seen photos which holds the CD and a bonus 20-minute documentary DVD: The Story Behind Buried Treasure.

Track Listing:

Don’t Bring Me Candy
Circle Is Small
Abandoned On Tuesday
I Can’t Be Your Hero Today
Rickety Lane
Wino Has Something to Say
California Dreamin’
The Gypsy
Hopelessly Gone
Simple Pleasures
Close the World At Five