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Margaritaville Beach Hotel coming to Jacksonville Beach

December 22, 2018      

 From WOKV.com: “Margaritaville Beach Hotel close to breaking ground in Jacksonville Beach”  They still need to get some permits, but once that’s out of the way the work will get started on a 201-room Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Jacksonville Beach.  Bill Mann with the City of Jacksonville Beach says the plans are going through a resubmittal review right now, but he doesn’t foresee any problems with the project getting a building permit.   Once the final plans are cleared, Mann says the builders will also need to get a coastal permit. That permit will allow for the public seawalk to be extended a block so guests can walk straight from the hotel to the boardwalk.   Right now the lot is vacant between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue on First Street, but when the hotel opens it will be anything but vacant.   The project’s contractor is Earl Swensson Associates out of Nashville, and their website shows what the final product will look like.

The eight-story building will have a two-story LandShark restaurant, a coffee shop, space for retail stores and a pool with an outdoor deck. The hotel’s U-shaped layout means the most rooms with beach views as possible.   According to Earl Swensson Associates, the designers worked with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to ensure there will be well-lit pedestrian areas that will help conserve the sea turtle habitat in the area.   The artist rendering shows the second floor of the Landshark restaurant will have outdoor seating.   The rooms are different sizes, which means some have larger balconies than others. It will be just over 200,000 square feet, including a parking garage, according to the plans.

January's Recipe "Automatic First Down Margarita"

(Makes 3 servings, 12 oz. each) 


Ingredients: 4 1/2 oz. Margaritaville® Gold Tequila 2 1/4 oz. Triple Sec 2 1/4 oz. Midori Liqueur 6 oz. Sour Mix 18 oz. Watermelon Mix  

Process: Fill ice reservoir with ice. Pour ingredients in glass jar . Concoct until smooth. Pour into a glass

Would You Pay $2,000 for a Margarita?

By Lauren Phillips

What if it was made by Jimmy Buffett? (Even the most die-hard Parrotheads might have to think about this one.)

  It’s been 40 years since Jimmy Buffett’s iconic “Margaritaville” made nibbling on sponge cake and watching the sun bake a national pastime, and his company inspired by the song is celebrating with an epic margarita offering.  The deluxe Ruby Margarita is available exclusively at JWB Prime Steak and Seafood at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort in South Florida for a whopping $1,977—and no, it doesn’t come with actual rubies.

  Named for the traditional gift given on a 40th anniversary, this concoction is priced to honor the year 1977, when “Margaritaville” made its debut. It is served in a party-sized batch that serves up to eight people, and though it doesn’t come with precious gemstones, the price tag does include a Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker®, a Margaritaville Beverage Dispenser, a Margaritaville Party Tub, and eight Margaritaville Margarita Glasses. $1,977 doesn’t seem so excessive when it comes with a state-of-the-art margarita maker you can take home, does it?

   The 8-person Ruby Margarita is offered only during the anniversary weekend celebration, November 17-19. If you still want to celebrate without paying quite so much (or if your beach house kitchen is already stocked with a margarita maker) you can order a $19.77 version of the Ruby Margarita throughout the month of November at more than 30 Margaritaville restaurants around the world. This version comes with a souvenir blender cup—not quite an 8-person margarita extravaganza, but still celebratory (and a little more financially feasible).                   

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