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Margaritaville groundbreaking set for Hollywood beach

 

Jimmy Buffett’s Island-themed paradise will soon become a reality on Hollywood beach.

To mark the occasion, the developers of Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort and the city will gather at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Hollywood Bandshell on Johnson Street to officially break ground on the project.

“We are excited about construction beginning,” developer Lon Tabatchnick said Tuesday, adding that Buffett won’t make it to the big event because he is on tour.

Most of the demolition to make way for the project has been completed and the Johnson Street parking garage closed in July.

The nearly 850,000-square-foot complex will include a 349-room hotel, seven restaurants, retail space and an elaborate pool area with a wave ride.

The Bandshell, which holds nightly concerts, will get a makeover.

The project, which is expected to open in 2015, has had several setbacks throughout the years, including difficulty getting financing and permits.

The groundbreaking ceremony will include speeches from the mayor and city leaders and the development team. Dozens of local dignitaries have been invited to the event.

— CARLI TEPROFF

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