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Developer: Margaritaville on time, within budget

Jimmy Buffett-themed resort set to open in July 2015
Margaritaville rendering

Margaritaville rendering

The Jimmy Buffett-themed Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort remains on track for a July 2015 opening.

Construction of the $147 million resort on five city-owned acres at Johnson Street and A1A has progressed to the fifth floor, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Developer Lon Tabatchnick said the project is on schedule and within budget following the first six months of construction.

Plans for the 349-room resort include seven restaurants and bars, oceanside pools, a wave ride and 35,000 square feet of convention facilities.

Some neighbors, including the adjacent Beach Market store, have complained about a loss of customers since Margaritaville construction began. The Johnson Street parking garage was closed before the project’s groundbreaking, which eliminated 700 spaces frequently used by Hollywood Beach visitors. [Sun-Sentinel]Eric Kalis

  • Beach lover

    Mr. Buffett is an environmental whore. I have enjoyed The beauty of Hollywood Beach for years…for the surf, sand, sun, and the boardwalk. The are plenty of great spots to grab a beer and burger on the beach, plenty of places to engage in conversation with locals who came in for a drink in the 70’s but have yet to finish. These are the things that Mr. Buffett once professed to love.

    My last visit to Hollwood Beach revealed the sights and sounds of construction of the 5 acre Margaritaville complex. The construction itself was grand and imposing enough to block the late afternoon and early evening sun from the once beautiful public beach directly in front of of the complex. There was information posted outside explaining that the site would include numerous restaurants, shopping opportunities, and “extensive water recreation areas”. Here is a shocker…your sun blocking eyesore is parked directly atop what used to be a beautiful water recreation area.

    The margaritaville establishments draw people that profess to love the beach life but who would never walk in the sand or enter the water…or God forbid, go outside in the heat. They will stand in line to overpay for a “cheeseburger in paradise” and a margarita, then visit the gift store to buy a salt shaker or a parrot t-shirt somehow proving that they are best buds with Jimmy.

    Mr. Buffett

    The whole margaritaville despised. His enterprise will generate dollars as people will line up to grossly overpay for a “cheeseburger in paradise” and margarita.