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.


Read more Broward stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category