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Buffett attends memorial service for Allen Toussaint

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From “Allen Toussaint Gets a Musical Farewell From Dr. John, Trombone Shorty, Jimmy Buffett More

World-renowned stars and home folks who love New Orleans’ rich musical heritage crowded into a historic theater Friday to bid farewell in words and song to Allen Toussaint, a prolific songwriter, performer and producer who died last week at age 77.

Jimmy Buffett sang “Fortune Teller.” Davell Crawford accompanied himself on piano, singing a haunting version of “Southern Nights,” the New Orleans-born Toussaint’s reminiscence of childhood visits to relatives in rural south Louisiana. Other performers included John Boutte, Dr. John and New Orleans’ “Queen of Soul” Irma Thomas, who said farewell with a gospel tune. The Preservation Hall Brass Band joined Trombone Shorty to close out the performances with a rousing “I’ll Fly Away.”

Earlier, Boz Scaggs and Elvis Costello were among those delivering eulogies.

(Photos: Allen Toussaint and Jimmy Buffett at the New Orleans Jazz Fest on Saturday, May 3, 2014; Buffett performs at the memorial service Nov 20, 2015 )


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Video: Stick Figure – Fire on the Horizon

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Stick Figure has released their first ever music video and it’s for the song “Fire on the Horizon” which is the first track of their new album Set In Stone. The album includes 14 total songs with guest appearances by Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution and Collie Buddz. The music video was shot independently throughout the mountains and beaches of Santa Cruz, CA. You can pick up the new album on iTunes by clicking ” target=”_blank”HERE! Enjoy the song and video…

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USM to Honor Buffett and Fingers Taylor

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From “University to honor legendary musicians

Two legendary musicians that met on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus 40 years ago will be commemorated Nov. 21 at the very spot they first encountered each other. Jimmy Buffett and Greg “Fingers” Taylor, who together created the famous Coral Reefer Band, met at Shoemaker Square in the early 1970s.

The ceremony will honor the musicians with a bronze marker outside The Hub at 10 a.m. Saturday, prior to the USM and Old Dominion football game.


Some say it was destiny that the two musicians met and became one of America’s most prized musical collaborations. Buffett graduated from USM in 1969. Shortly after, he met Taylor, who was still enrolled at the time. This meeting occurred on the front steps of The Hub. Buffett was on campus to play his guitar for a group of students in between classes, and Taylor, known for his confidence, asked if he could join in.

Their chemistry sparked a friendship that led to their renowned collaboration, which created the band’s hit songs, including “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” Fervent fans of the Coral Reefer Band are named “parrotheads” who continue to support and be inspired by their music. The legacies of Buffett and Taylor will be recognized on Saturday by a platoon of groups associated with Southern Miss, including the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Buffett was a member of Kappa Sigma during his undergraduate career.

Buffett was said to be thrilled about the ceremony and has sent a video for audiences to view during the football game. Speculation claimed that Buffett would attend the ceremony, but his schedule conflicts with the event.


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My friend Chris Uhland is in the hospital. He stayed with us on Saturday evening and on Sunday morning I was on the computer when he said “Something really weird is happening. I have blood in my urine”. Making a long story short, he’s now in Baptist Hospital in Miami having had a 7lb. cancer tumor removed, as well as his kidney and spleen. They say he had the tumor for about seven years. A pound a year growth I gather?

Some of you may recall the live video feed of the TRMA awards at MOTM that was to take place, but was canceled for unknown reasons, which I mentioned in my last blog? Well, that was Chris “thedigidude” Uhland on the video side of the show, with the A1A Media Group.

One of the things I saw very early on in getting to know Chris, was that he always puts business first. Harry Teaford, of Radio A1A, is the other half of the A1A Media Group.

As the story was told to me, when Harry approached Chris about starting the A1A Media Group, like anything else he does, Chris did some research into this “Trop Rock music” to see what kind of potential it had and frankly, if it was worth his time.

One of Chris’ other jobs is with the Keys television station WEYW. WEYW is connected business wise with WPBT up in Miami. In doing research into Trop Rock, Chris was able to access all of the media stats available, via both WEYW and WPBT. In his research, Chris found that according to all the media stats, Trop Rock has over two million fans. Over Two Million fans! After finding this out, Chris felt the A1A Media Group was justified and on solid ground with both Harry Teaford, and the potential growth for video media in this group.

Please keep Chris in your prayers. The energy he gets from prayers, good thoughts, vibes… etc, keeps him going. He’s a very energetic guy. Watching him work is like watching the Energizer Bunny in the commercials! He doesn’t stop! He’s got several months ahead of him, so please don’t forget him. He’s a great guy, in addition to being a fantastic asset to the genre.

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(Chris “thedigidude” Uhland (R) on the set)

With the stage set, first and foremost I would like to say that I’m happy to be a member of the Trop Rock Music Association! The group started off as a fan club for the group Latitude and was then called The Margarita Mafia and was overseen by Latitude’s co-head Tom Becker.

The Margarita Mafia started giving awards at MOTM for various accomplishments within the Trop Rock genre. I always thought this was a great idea having a club voting and giving out awards. It keeps everyone in the club active within the club as well. Obviously, it comes as no surprise that a fan club of a band vote members of the band winners of the clubs awards. It would actually be a surprise if they didn’t vote them in. A few years ago they changed their name to The Trop Rock Music Association and rightfully so, continued their club awards.

As I say, I’m all for clubs having their own awards. I belong to The Trop Rock Music Association (TRMA), as well as The Southernmost Coconut Castaways and The Key West Parrothead Club. Membership for each is only $20.00 and for myself, it’s money well spent. The Trop Rock Music Association is the only one of the three that has awards.

As I write this, The TRMA show 340 members on their website, while their Facebook page has at this writing, 1,225 members. It should be noted that it may be that not all members of TRMA are signed to their website, as well as a number of people who like a Facebook page are not members of a given club.

Lets go back to my friend Chris “thedigidude” Uhland. His research into seeing if Trop Rock would be worthwhile for him to invest his time into, utilizing the media information available through stations WEYW and WPBT’s sources, showed him that there are over two million fans in Trop Rock.

Just to underline this, back in August when Dani Hoy and I played at the Sandbox, Danny Lynn of Tiki Island Radio drove down from Tennessee to interview us before the show. Another station, AMI Radio, was going to air our performance live. As it turned out, the weather wasn’t looking too good for an out door event and AMI Radio elected to pass. With that, Danny and I talked and decided to go with a spontaneous Tiki Island Radio broadcast of the concert. There was no promotion, as this was right off the cuff. Additionally, the rain held off. We played for a total of four hours, with a break to see the sunset.

When everything was all said and done, the broadcast brought in 28,365 average listeners over the entire show. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but 28,365 was the average.  Keeping in mind that there are between fifteen and twenty Trop Rock stations broadcasting world wide, and Tiki Island Radio had absolutely no promotion for this spontaneous event, I think that easily underlines the figure of “over two million” that Chris’ media sources gave. For that night Tiki Island Radio had 28,365 average listeners, while the rest of the Trop stations had their listeners as well, and no doubt, the  vast majority of Trop fans doing something entirely different on a Saturday evening. So yes, the media figure of “over two million” comes across as accurate in my book and perhaps a bit conservative at that.

With all of this in mind, now lets go back to the TRMA. They show 340 members on their website and 1,225 fans on their Facebook page. I don’t know how many members the club actually has. As I said before, someone who signs up, may very well not join their website and Facebook fans might not all be members. Some people have said they have around 600 paid members, others say over 800. Bear in mind, one has to be a member in order to cast a vote in the Trop Rock Music Awards. For this, I’m going to give the TRMA the benefit of doubling the highest number of members of the estimates that I’ve been given (800), which brings the total number of voting members to 1,600.

For the sake of easy numbers, lets call the media’s call on the amount of Trop Rock fans of “over two million”, to just plain 2,000,000.

The bottom line here is that 1,600 people voting on behalf of 2,000,000 equals .08%

Yes, that’s not a typo, you read that right, .08%

Having said that, if the TRMA does have 1,600 members, at $20 per membership, that’s $32,000.00. I have no problem with that whatsoever. Some may argue it, but as I’ve stated earlier, that’s the going rate to join any club and they have expenses, just like anyone else.

Here’s where I differ on it. However first I will state again, that fundamentally I support what they are doing. Their intentions are spot on and from the heart.

One of the things that myself, TRMA, and many others are trying to do is to make Trop Rock a recognized genre. At the moment, the artists, clubs, organizations, and radio stations within the Trop world see ourselves as our own genre, but those in the industry do not. They’ll just label it as Rock or Country.

Should Trop Rock become recognized, it’s a boost for all involved. Our fan base will at minimum, double and more likely, triple. Country star Kenny Chesney, who does a LOT of music that could also be categorized as Trop, has over 6,500,000 fans on his FB page. There really is a lot of potential here.

For a moment lets just pretend that Trop Rock did become a recognized genre. BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, all put us in our own category. You go on iHeart Radio, or Pandora and search Trop Rock and up come choices like Sunny Jim, Dani Hoy, Pup Morse, Jimi Pappis, Barefoot Reggie Starrett, John Friday, Chris Bellamy, Loren Davidson, Renn Loren, B-Man and Miss Behavin’, hell, even me, Key West Chris, and the list goes on and on.

What happens with news, such as a new recognized genre, is attention and that attention comes from the media. This is the type of thing that the media would be all over as well! Believe me, that’s where our exposure to new fans is at it’s hight. Everyone in the media, the music industry, and the fans are all over it.

With the “everyone” that I mentioned, did you notice the first listed was the media? Yes, of course there will be Rolling Stone, the media television shows, and everything else that goes along with all the hoopla that would be happening…. including reporters who report along the same lines as say, the great Mike Wallace.

A reporter like that would have a field day with Trop Rock, regarding the awards, and subsequently the entire genre that was just created. Here’s an organization that started out as a band fan club, run by the heads of the band, who won virtually all the awards throughout the history of the organization, then finally, the Trop Rock Music Awards encompass a total of maybe .08% of the entire fan base.

In short, as soon as the genre starts, it’s down the tubes from the way an investigative reporter writes. It would make Volkswagen look like the Arch Angel Gabrielle in comparison to Trop Rock. Right or wrong, they will tear us to ribbons. We would qualify as confetti in New York’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

I couldn’t say how the TRMA is set up on paper legally, and if it’s set up properly, all is well and good. If not, it has the potential of blowing up like a gasoline storage facility hit by a cruise missile.

Again, I think that the intent of the TRMA is very sincere and they put a lot of blood,sweat, and tears (this year particularly) into it. For their efforts both past and present, they should be commended!

On the flip side, unfortunately, it’s very vulnerable.

A couple of years ago, Beachfront Radio had a contest where listeners wrote in and voted via e-mail. If memory serves me correctly, they had around 14,000 votes. If those figures are correct, Beachfront is at .7%, up from .08%. Additionally, the voters at Beachfront Radio didn’t have to join a club, or pay dues.

Trop Rock has grown quite a bit in the last two years as well. Case in point the 28K+ listeners we had with Tiki Island Radio on a live broadcast one evening from The Sandbox (Thank you Pablo, Diana, Sheryl, Rick, Debbie, and Danny!), was twice the size of the replies that Beachfront Radio received, I believe over a two week period.

Obviously, in my opinion, it’s clear things should change from the status quo.  While I would have no problem with a potential new organization having members of the current TRMA group working in it, I don’t think it should be a by product of a fan club for anyone. Additionally, it’s my view that anyone who is a fan of Trop Rock Music, should be able to cast a vote and shouldn’t be required to join a club to do so, or pay a fee. This was the thing I liked best about Beachfront Radio’s contest a couple of years back.

One idea could be having all the Trop Radio Stations pool together contests from their own listeners. One of the coolest things about this is crazy genre, is that each station plays different artists from one another! The results could be fascinating!

Thanks again for reading! Tell everyone what you think and we can pool ideas! I made a Facebook page to do so. Here’s the link:

Sorry, but the bottom line is .08% of Trop Rock fans voting for 99.92% of the fans just doesn’t cut it.

All The Best From Key West

Key West Chris Rehm

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We’re Back!

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Sunshine Cindy and I are back from our trip to the Keys. We had a great time spending a few days in Key Largo then a week in Key West. We got back to Destin late Tuesday evening and I was back at work and reality on Wednesday morning. While we were gone the episode of Red Tide that was hitting Destin dissipated. It was nasty in Destin when we left with a lot of dead fish and some issues breathing. Glad to say it’s back to normal now.

Destin also got hit with a lot of rain while we were gone. There was some flooding but nothing too serious. I am glad to say since we got back it has been beautiful with warm temps during the day and not too cold at night. I have even had the top down on BadAss3 a few nights coming home from work.

Around town Gilligan’s has closed for the season. They are one of the few restaurants that still close for the winter season. When I first moved to Destin almost 17 years ago just about everyone closed but we are now more of a year round destination so almost no one closes.

Down on the east end of the harbor we have some changes taking place. Landshark Pizza will be moving into their new location next to the Red Door Saloon this week. They will have a soft opening with a grand opening in a week or two. This will be a big place with plenty of TV’s to watch the games while enjoying good pizza, wings and good drinks. They will even have liquor now too.

We have not been to The Boathouse since we got home but I hear they will be closing for some remodeling soon. I will have to get down there to get the scoop. I also understand they have opened the old Dockside Bar with a new remodeled interior but the same good food from The Boathouse. I will have to check this out too.

The old KJ’s building just across from The Boathouse is either open or about to open as Duck Duck (I think that’s the name of it.) Chris from Helen Back is opening this concept. When I first heard about this in the spring he was going to have a food truck outside with drinks inside. I don’t know if that’s still the plan or not. It took them a lot longer to get permits for this location. They tore down the building that was there and built new from the ground up. Someplace else we have to check out. Geeze, we were only gone for 11 days and all kinds of things have changed.

In downtown Fort Walton Beach new owners have taken over the old Luxe Sports Bar. It is now called Buffalo Chips Sports Bar. Their hook is real Buffalo burgers on the menu. I have never had Buffalo and will need to try it.

Back in Destin at the corner of Restaurant Row and Hwy 98 the new extended stay hotel is starting to come out of the ground. It looks like they are not wasting any time and it might be open by the spring judging from the progress they have made.

Sunshine Cindy and I did get out a little this weekend once we got our bearings straight from our trip. Friday night was a parrot head meeting at LuLu’s. We have a full slate of candidates for the parrot head board for next year I am glad to say. The meeting was fun as we relived our trip to MOTM with our friends. We were one of the last ones to leave continuing our tradition of last man standing. LOL 

Saturday we had Sunshine Cindy’s parents over to the house. We had a nice visit with them. We were able to try some Code Rum we brought back from Key Largo. We know the owner of the company who makes this rum and it is really good. I hope we can get it stocked here in Destin at one of our local liquor stores. I have talked to Bill from Beach Liquor and he going to see what he can do. I hope he can get it here in Destin.

Sunday we went to Tailfins to watch some football. We got our usual spot and our friends Ed, Ken, Becky and Don came and joined us. The Browns sucked but we still had a good time. We went to Landshark Pizza after the game and had a chance to talk with Brian about the upcoming move. He is excited but also nervous as this is a big undertaking. Just after we got there Alan and Jackie came in. They are our snowbird friends from Illinois. They got into town the day we left for the Keys so this was our first chance to see them. They are good friends and we are glad they are back!

That’s about it for now. Enjoy your week. See ya next Monday!

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MP3 Leak of the Week: Of Good Nature

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Out of Charlotte, NC comes a four piece reggae rock group known as Of Good Nature. The group just released their sophomore album Life Worth Livin on Oct. 23rd and we’re giving away the titled track for FREE. Discover new music and read up on OGN…

You can download the new Of Good Nature new track “Life Worth Livin” for FREE on our home page under the MP3 Leak of the Week on the right hand column! This Download will only be available until Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015.

Of Good Nature – “Life Worth Livin” – Download HERE
Life Worth Livin
“Life Worth Livin” Background:
Being the titled track for their second album, Of Good Nature’s vocalist/guitarist Cameron Brown what the theme behind “Life Worth Livin” by explaining:
“The lyrical intent behind *Life Worth Livin* is to spread the idea that structural leaders, whether it’s a direct relation, the government itself, or society as a whole, aren’t always looking out for its population. Since youth, many people are indoctrinated with this feeling of protection and safety…a kind of warm American calmness; but as I became a little more mentally active and aware, I became more and more disappointed with my surrounding leadership. Taking a stance for yourself, your rights is something powerful. I just hope that this song can get people thinking of what is limiting their life and change it for the better.”

Ballyhoo!’s guitarist/vocalist, Howi Spangler even shared his input on the group adding his thoughts on the song:
“The intro guitar/bass riff has that 311-shuffle vibe that I like… I also like how the song goes more uptempo in the bridge, almost like a jam band. Then they bring it back down to finish it out. Nice to hear a solid American reggae rock song from an East Coast band. It’s very easy to get cheesy with it and these guys don’t go there.”

This new album has debuted at #5 on the iTunes Top Reggae Album Chart and you can pick up the 12 track album on iTunes by clicking HERE!

Watch: Of Good Nature – “Life Worth Livin” (Lyrical Video)


Of Good Nature Background:
Emerging in 2011, the Indie-Rock-Reggae four piece transcends the typical box most reggae-rockers fit in. Elements of rock, funk, and jam blend nicely with the lyrically driven structure created in their songwriting. Of course, reggae is the main attraction; bringing together the unique sound known as Of Good Nature.

In the four years since they put out their debut album Just Add Water (which won Indie Ville Reggae Album of the Year, Nashville), Of Good Nature has evolved into a four-piece band. The group consists of Cameron Brown (lead vocals/guitar), Joey Vachon (backup vocals/drums), Brandon Hucks (trombone) and Jon Reed (bass).

While touring the East Coast since its birth, the band has rocked mainstream festivals such as Shamrock Fest (Washington, DC) and have shared the stage with major acts Sublime with Rome, Tribal Seeds, Keller Williams, The Movement, and many more.

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Of Good Nature Website
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Huge thanks again to Of Good Nature for allowing us to share “Life Worth Livin” to post up for FREE download. Free music is a privilege that we’re grateful for and we appreciate the work these artists do! Please feel free to download this song for FREE and spread the awareness to your friends!
Enjoy the FREE track on the homepage!

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Watch: Of Good Nature – “Bother” (The Bassment Sessions)

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Buffett performs at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on Saturday at the grand opening of the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort in Hollywood FL.

The show was part of the Workin’ and Playin’ Tour. The set list from the show is now available.


From the Miami Herald: “Jimmy Buffett-themed resort officially opens with the star taking the stage

The Maestro of Margaritaville took to the stage for a soggy beach-blanket blowout in Hollywood on Saturday afternoon, signaling to many who grew up and live in this humble, once-sleepy beach town that the tides have forever changed.

As the sun dropped and the rain drifted out to sea, thousands of people massed along the Broadwalk in front of Margaritaville for the official grand opening of the Buffett-themed resort that now stands as the beach’s new centerpiece. The $150 million attraction offers more than just 349 rooms, eight bars and a spa — it’s also a beacon of hope that this snowbird paradise will at last become a first-class tourist destination.

“Let’s put the top down on this place!” Buffett shouted to kick off the one and a half-hour free concert.

Two mammoth digital screens were erected on the sand, towering over the beach’s iconic little Bandshell, one of the last remnants of old Hollywood that locals have stubbornly fought to keep from the wrecking ball of progress.

“I finally get to play the Bandshell,” Buffett joked from his perch across the Broadwalk from the old beach stage.


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In The Wake of The Paris Attacks

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The world can be a scary place, and one where safety is seemingly becoming a luxury.

After gunshots and explosions echoed through the Paris landscape, over 100 people were killed in a ruthless and coordinated attack by the terrorist group ISIS. The Bataclan concert hall, where the band Eagles of Death Metal were set to perform, was one of seven locations targeted by terrorists, and one that saw the most casualties.
Meanwhile, all we could do is watch and ask why?

As we mourn, we would like to take this opportunity to not only call for peace, but to call for an end on clashes with each other and law enforcement. In a time where attacks on innocent civilians are becoming the norm for foreign and domestic terrorists, we need to start looking out for each other in order to avoid an attack like this in our own backyards.

As President Obama said, “This is an attack not just on Paris. It’s an attack not just on the people of France. But this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share.”

In the wake of these events, we ask you to join us in a prayer for peace. Not just for the people of France but for the world

=The Pier Fam=

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Video Premiere: Tomorrows Bad Seeds – Throwback

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Welcome to the video premiere of “Throwback”, the fun and upbeat new single by Tomorrows Bad Seeds featuring Garret Douglas. The video was directed by John DeTemple and shot on location in the group’s hometown of Hermosa Beach, CA on the Pier. The group invited out all of their close fans, friends and family to come down for the video shoot to capture a mob of everyone united in one setting.
Here’s what the group tells The Pier of the video shoot: “We had no idea how many people were actually going to show up, and we ended up with a turn out of 150+ people. We had one chance to capture the mob shot down the pier before we got shut down and the cops came… No, we didn’t pull permits. We got everything in one shot, ‘Guerrilla Style.’ It was really special to have all of our people show up to join us for this epic shot! It was so much fun and such an amazing experience connecting with our Fans, Friends and Family that way! One of the best stories by far is the shot when (lead-singer) Moi calls over his wife, Ali, and grabs the baby stroller from her with his new born son, Kaden, riding in it. Ali was running late and we didn’t think she was going to make it down to the pier in time. At one of the most touching points of the song she walked right into the shot, completely unplanned. There were a handful of stories like that. Mets’ entire family showed up, and there are couple of shots where his daughter, Mia, is front and center in her ‘IM A BAD SEED’ shirt.” Enjoy the song and video…

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Margaritaville Resort planned for Grand Cayman

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From CNS Business: “Cayman to get another shot of Margaritaville

The Treasure Island hotel in the heart of Grand Cayman’s tourist district is to become a full-scale Margaritaville Resort, new owners have said. Howard Hospitality Group (HHG) has bought the site, which was on sale for just over $15 million, and said it is already planning a major redesign and renovation of the building to convert it into a branded beach resort. The owners said it would open in December 2016, complete with and a two-story Margaritaville pool slide, multiple bars and restaurants and 280 rooms.

Renovations are expected to begin early in the New Year the new owners stated and once open, the operational management will be led by Trust Hospitality of Miami.



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