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Buffett drops by Tekzilla

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Jimmy Buffett dropped by Tekzilla to talk about Drones (he loves ‘em!), action cams (GoPro Virb!), talks SpaceX, cables, Margurillas backstage, using drones during concerts, and more!

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Chili Cook-Off in Destin

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It has been an adventurous weekend in Destin. It started on Friday morning with the mother of all thunderstorms. Thunder, lightning and monsoon rains hit in the early morning hours. The lightning was intense. But by the time I got to work, it was down to a drizzle. By lunch we had strong winds but the sun was out. At quitting time I drove home with the top down on Badass. If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes and it will change.

Sunshine Cindy and I went to Landshark Pizza Friday night. Our northern friends Alan and Jackie were heading back to Illinois on Saturday. We wanted to have a chance to see them before they left and they wanted one last Landshark Pizza before they left. These two have become great friends. They are wonderful people who love to have a good time. We will miss them but they will be back in June and hopefully for the wedding in May.

Landshark was busy. Jason and Paige were working. Ken came and we chatted with him for a while. He invited us to a NASCAR party at his house on Sunday. Ken manages liquor stores and always has some good stuff! Steve also came in for a while. A typical fun time at Landshark.

Saturday was the big Parrot Head Chili Cook-Off at Harborwalk Village. This has become a huge fundraiser for the club as all proceeds are donated to Relay for Life. The weather was perfect. Bright blue skies and temps around 70 degrees with a slight breeze. They had about 28 restaurants entered and several individuals as well. Music was scheduled for the entire day. Our friend Jan Patton was playing at Crab Island Cantina. Hundreds of people walked along Harborwalk tasting the various chili’s.

Sunshine Cindy and I volunteered and we were put in the Margaritaville tent to help serve. It was actually just a server from Margaritaville, Mandy who is also a Parrot Head and us doing all the serving. They made 10 gallons of chili and we served it all 3 ounces at a time!!! We had fun being honorary members of the work team but we didn’t get a chance to sample any of the chili as we were in the booth the entire time. I also was not able to participate in the tamale/tequila contest. I was ready to win that thing! At least we got paid well….no, wait we had to buy our margarita’s on national margarita day too. Hopefully the management of Margaritaville appreciated our efforts.

After the chili was all served we went to Crab Island Cantina to listen to Jan play. A bunch of friends were there. A big crowd of folks were eating and enjoying the sunshine. Jan with some help from Kenny did a great job. The Cantina will be bringing them back. When they finished we all headed to The Boathouse. That became a big party. Jenny was behind the bar. Bree was working and Gigi was there too. Rusty was finishing up inside and a couple of guys were setting up outside to play. Their names escape me but they did a good job. It turned out to be fun night. We “Embraced the Chaos!”

Sunday morning we had another batch of storms blow through. It rained on and off most of the day. Sunshine Cindy and I took Tiffany’s car to have brakes put on it. Other than that, we didn’t do much else. We decided not to go to Ken’s for the party due to the rain and the fact the race was also in a rain delay. I was able to get a lot of Crab Island Mambo work done. The upcoming events page was updated. You can read it all here: 

Have a great week. We are going to get cooler here mid week. We shall survive! See ya Thursday!

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Key West Seaplanes® Fisher Island Seaplane Charter Flight to Benefit the American Cancer Society. The Fisher Island Seaplane Flight Will Benefit Local People with Cancer

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Key West Seaplanes® announces their donation of a Fisher Island seaplane private charter flight to benefit the American Cancer Society. The premier seaplane company supports the American Cancer Society Gala to be held on March 15, 2014 at the Marriott Beachside Resort, Key West.

Seaplane-Key West- Little Palm- All Florida- Bahamas-SeaplaneKey West Seaplanes® pilot Julie Ann Floyd excitedly shares, “We are happy to support such a great cause and look forward to attending the event ourselves. This will be the second year we have donated a private seaplane charter flight via seaplane to an exclusive destination such as Fisher Island…and we are thrilled to know this benefits people in our own community who are battling cancer.” The company offers seaplanes to Fisher Island service and seaplanes to all points on the mainland, The Florida Keys as well as Bahamas and Caribbean.

Floyd also adds, “Our private charter flights from Key West to Fisher Island via seaplane is a magnificent experience and the flight is just about an hour. We fly direct from Key West to Fisher Island so there is no driving, no traffic!” Key West Seaplanes® has been offering seaplane charters from Fisher Island and Miami for a number of years and is excited to team up with the American Cancer Society again to make this getaway happen for a lucky couple.

Key West Seaplanes® also offers seaplane charter service to all of the Florida mainland to Little Palm Island and Key West with popular routes being seaplane Miami to Key West, seaplane Naples to Key West, seaplane Ft. Myers to Key West and seaplane Ft. Lauderdale to Key West. The company also offers seaplane charters from Key West to The Bahamas as well as from all the mainland to The Bahamas.

The seaplane company has also found their local Seaplane Scenic Flights of Key West to be very popular with tourists and locals. Pilot Floyd says, “Many people arrive to Key West via cruise boat or make the long drive down from the mainland…and they see the gorgeous blue waters and want to explore it all from the air above. Of course, they also get to experience it with water landing and take offs. It’s really beautiful and very exciting.”

Key West Seaplanes® is based in Key West. The company formed in 2009 and is locally owned and operated by long-term local residents Julie Ann Floyd and Nikali Pontecorvo. The company has been featured numerous times in Florida Travel and Life, Water Flying Magazine, FLYING Magazine and has also appeared on The Travel Channel’s Trip Flip seaplane to Postcard Inn/Islamorada episode. The company is proud of their fleet that includes the Grand Champion Seaplane of Sun N Fun 2012 and the Reserve Grand Champion Seaplane of Sun N Fun 2013. These amazing members of the Key West Seaplanes® fleet possess every safety and performance modification known in the seaplane industry.

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Local Favorites from around Clearwater Beach

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Local Favorites from around Clearwater Beach

Frenchys3forallWe are going to start with appetizers. These three are a favorite of ours at Frenchy’s Original Cafe on Clearwater Beach. (left) Cracked Conch is a lightly battered island favorite. It is served with a special sauce that is amazing.  (right) Buffalo Shrimp is exactly like it sounds. The shrimp are lightly breaded and drowned in Frenchy’s own buffalo sauce. There are three flavors of sauce: Hot, Mildly-Hot, and Firecracker. (top right) Grouper Cheeks. You absolutely cannot go to Frenchy’s without trying Grouper. Frenchy’s Original Café is a small, quaint place featuring many of Frenchy’s original menu items, like the smoked fish spread, seafood gumbo, boiled shrimp and Greek salad…and where the now famous Super Grouper sandwich made its debut. Since its doors first opened in 1981, the quality, ambiance and charm have remained, making it a continual favorite among the locals.



We have had many fish tacos from around the Gulf Coast. We have two versions which are our favorites, both come from the same area. There must be something in the water around this place. Crabby Bill’s Clearwater Beach is one of them. Their version is blackened Mahi Mahi with shredded cabbage, and mango salsa (best part) topped with cheddar jack cheese and cliantro cream sauce.

Frenchys-Fire-Island-TacosRounding out this entry is, by far, the best Fish Tacos east of San Diego. Three flour tortillas filled with grilled shrimp or fish, tossed in their fire island sauce. cabbage, cilantro, jack cheese and parmesan peppercorn sauce. Frenchy’s newest restaurant is located just north of Clearwater Beach in Dunedin. Frenchy’s Outpost Bar & Grill.  Frenchy’s Outpost Bar & Grill is an open-air Key West Style restaurant situated near the causeway to beautiful Honeymoon Island in Dunedin.  This location is the newest in the Frenchy’s family, “the northernmost Frenchy’s” as they like to call it.


Chicago Show Confirmed

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band
This One’s For You Tour 2014
06/28/2014 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
Tickets go on sale March 3rd

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Former Kenny Chesney Key West Estate and Beachfront Islamorada Mansion

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Luxury Florida Keys Real Estate Listed: Former Kenny Chesney Key West Estate and Beachfront Islamorada Mansion

The Sanchez Team at Century 21 Fine Homes and Estates is announcing the sale of Kenny Chesney’s former mansion located in downtown Key West as well as a beachfront mansion on Islamorada’s Millionaire’s Row.

Key West, FL (PRWEB) February 21, 2014

One of Key West’s most notable estates is now for sale. Located just minutes from Duval Street, this opulent six bedroom, eight bath estate was once the home of country music star, Kenny Chesney.

Kenny Chesney’s former estate on Caroline Street is a traditional conch style Key West home with spacious porches that overlook the carefully manicured grounds, swimming pool and two guesthouses. The estate is offered at $5,800,000. View Kenny Chesney’s former Key West property here.

The Islamorada beachfront mansion sits on 300 feet of ocean frontage with a private white sand beach, and personal lighthouse. The main house has nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms and an indoor pool with waterfalls and whirlpool bath. Other features include a deep water boat basin, salt water pond, and an outdoor pool as well. The property is offered at $9,000,000. View the Islamorada property here.

About the Sanchez Team

The Sanchez Team has been the leader in Florida Keys real estate for more than 35 years. The family run business specializes in fine homes and estates in the beautiful Florida Keys. They are also the leaders in commercial sales for hotel and residential developments.


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The Sanchez Team Century 21 Fine Homes and Estates All Key, Inc. 
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Florida Keys have never looked so good

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Florida Keys have never looked so good

By: Andrea Guthmann

The arctic winds blowing through Chicago are making most of us long for a little sunshine on our shoulders. St. Bart’s or Aruba might be calling, but our own Caribbean, the Florida Keys, is a more affordable way to escape the cold, with no passport required.

Hit the road

kw2Fly into Miami or Fort Lauderdale, rent a car and head for the Overseas Highway. This one road connects the 113-mile-long string of islands, an engineering marvel that makes for a scenic family road trip. Since everything lies along the Overseas Highway, addresses in the Keys are all by the mile marker. So look for the MM signs throughout your drive.

The Florida Keys, particularly Key West, are known for their wild side. You’ll still find plenty of dive bars like Ernest Hemingway’s favorite, Sloppy Joe’s. Unless you want your kids to see a bunch of sloppy drunk patrons, you should probably take a pass.

Instead, let your kids experience the Keys’ other wild side, the natural treasures in which the dives involve snorkeling among colorful reefs and the party animals are dolphins.

Upper Keys

It’s just over an hour from Miami International Airport to Key Largo, the northernmost of the Florida Keys. If you’re only able to come for a long weekend, spending a few days in Key Largo and the Upper Keys is the way to go.

John Pennekamp State Park ( is a great place to spend a day kayaking and snorkeling.

Make the Hilton Key Largo ( your home base. It’s a family-friendly resort with a beautiful stretch of white sand beach, something that can be tough to find in the Keys. There’s a kid-friendly pool, as well as an adults-only pool. While there isn’t a drop-off kids club, there are plenty of activities, including daily arts and crafts, nightly bonfires with s’mores, plus a basketball and tennis court, along with a beachfront bean bag toss and Ping-Pong. While the kids are busy playing in the sand, parents can kick back at the resort’s classic tiki bar.

The Keys are known as the sport fishing capital of the U.S. and the Hilton Key Largo lets kids in on the action by providing complimentary fishing poles. Relax on the dock with your favorite fishing buddy and wait for a glimpse of the manatee that often stop by to visit.

To learn more about the local marine life, head to the Dolphin Research Center ( at MM 58 where you can watch trainers at work or pay an additional fee to have a close encounter with these lovable animals. The Turtle Hospital ( at MM 48.5 provides another great opportunity to learn about the local wildlife. Best for kids over 8 years old, it involves a detailed opening presentation in a classroom setting, followed by a tour of the rehabilitation tanks.

Next door to the Turtle Hospital is another kid-friendly lodging option. You’ll completely forget you’re on the mainland when you stay at the aptly named Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort, ( opened in 2005.

These Gulf-side beachfront townhouses are decorated in upscale island décor. Each comes with a full kitchen and washer/dryer. There are two large landscaped pools, one for families and one for adults. The pristine beach area is waves of fun with its volleyball net and laid-back patio bar and restaurant.

Key West

From Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort in Marathon, it’s just over an hour drive to Key West. Once there, hop on the Conch Train ( for an introductory tour of Keys kitsch and history.

Want to live like a pirate in the Caribbean? Ride like the wind aboard a schooner with Danger Charters ( Despite the name, this is a kid-friendly opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the surrounding islands. Best suited for kids 7 and older, the half-day eco trip takes guests on a snorkeling adventure (equipment included) as well as a kayak tour through the surrounding mangroves.

After snorkeling and kayaking, the bar is opened for mom and dad to have a glass of wine or beer. It’s not a booze cruise, but a glass or two is a fun way to end the journey!

The most memorable way to end a day in Key West is at the nightly sunset celebration, one of the best free things to do in Key West. You know you’re on island time when people host a nightly party to celebrate the day’s end! Head down to the pier and marvel at the street performers and artists at this unique sunset spectacle.

Sunny souvenirs

Don’t leave the Keys without bringing back a warm keepsake. The area’s namesake treat, key lime pie, is a favorite, but I prefer wearing home my souvenir. Those in the know never leave Key West without stopping at Kino Sandal Factory. You’ll find a wide variety of quality leather sandals, made on site, for only $13. At that price, if the shoe fits, get it in every color! It’s a great reminder of the laid-back sunny attitude you’ll find in the Florida Keys.

• Andrea Guthmann is a longtime Chicago journalist who writes the Midwest TravelingMom blog for Information for this article was gathered on a research trip sponsored in part by the Florida Keys & Key West Tourism Development Council (

Hollywood’s Margaritaville on track to open in July 2015

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Hollywood’s Margaritaville on track to open in July 2015, developer says

By Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel

6:20 PM EST, February 20, 2014

Hollywood has a message for tourists and locals heading to the beach: Pardon our dust, but we promise it’ll be worth it.

The Jimmy Buffett-themed Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort broke ground in August and is still on track to open by July 2015, says developer Lon Tabatchnick.

“We’re going great,” Tabatchnick said of the $147 million project rising on 5 city-owned acres at Johnson Street and A1A. “We’re up to the fifth floor. We’re on schedule, on budget and on time.”

The 349-room property will include seven restaurants and bars, oceanside pools, a FlowRider wave ride, spa and fitness center and 35,000 square feet of convention space.

In mid-2009, Hollywood sought development proposals for the city-owned parcel at Johnson Street and A1A. The following year, Tabatchnick’s Margaritaville plan was chosen for its potential to transform the beach.

Tabatchnick plans to lease the land for 99 years, paying Hollywood $1 million in the first year alone. Part of the deal requires Hollywood’s redevelopment agency to kick in $23 million.

The ongoing construction has made it tough on some nearby businesses, but crews are doing everything they can to “minimize the heartburn,” says city spokeswoman Raelin Storey.

Tabatchnick says flagmen are helping direct traffic during construction to help people find their way. And remote parking has been provided for construction crews to help free up precious parking space.

By his estimates, 150 construction workers descend on the site each day. That will increase to 300 workers at the peak of construction, he said.

Saul Dominguez, who owns the Beach Market store on Johnson Street right next to the construction site, says his customer base has dwindled since the project broke ground.

Hollywood beachgoers lost more than 700 parking spaces when the Johnson Street garage closed in July in preparation for Margaritaville’s groundbreaking. The garage has since been torn down to make way for the project.

The new Margaritaville resort will have a 1,056-space garage, with 600 spaces set aside for the public.

But for now, Dominguez and others are faced with a parking crunch.

“This time of the day around 2 p.m. it used to be really busy form November to April,” Dominguez said. “Right now it’s quiet. There’s no space for parking, so nobody is coming here.”

Like many, Dominguez is looking forward to Margaritaville’s opening day.

“Then I’ll have more people coming, and more business,” he said.

As a child, Gloria Petrone spent summers the beach. She remembers a hardware store and drug store sitting on the spot where Margaritaville is being built.

“I’m really excited about Margaritaville,” said Petrone, who owns a condo near the project. “I think it’s going to be a shot in the arm for all the businesses. And I know it’s been a shot in the arm to all the condo owners.”

Petrone, 66, estimates the value of her condo has increased by $100,000. She says it’s all thanks to Margaritaville.

“It’s going to be another draw for Hollywood beach.” or 954-356-4554



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Philadelphia show confirmed

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Summer just ain’t summer without a Jimmy Buffett concert, and the locals won’t be without their beloved Margarita Man this season. It has just been announced that Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will be performing at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on Tuesday, Aug. 19 as part of the “This One’s For You” tour.

Buffett is touring in support of his latest record, Songs From St. Somewhere. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m via TicketMaster

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Philadelphia show confirmed

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Summer just ain’t summer without a Jimmy Buffett concert, and the locals won’t be without their beloved Margarita Man this season. It has just been announced that Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will be performing at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on Tuesday, Aug. 19 as part of the “This One’s For You” tour.

Buffett is touring in support of his latest record, Songs From St. Somewhere. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m via TicketMaster

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