Margaritaville

Joe Reilly / Graham campaign

Many South Floridians know the suave, summertime vibe of Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Margaritaville,’ which he wrote over 40 years ago on his way down to Key West.

But fewer  know about Buffett’s passion for environmental activism - especially for Florida’s ecosystem. His message to protect it reached over five thousand Parrotheads in the Hollywood ArtsPark Ampitheater Thursday night.

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

City of Hollywood commissioner Peter Hernandez does not like the idea of taxpayers paying for Margaritaville. 

In 2012, the City of Hollywood offered the owners of the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, KLS Capital Partners, a $28 million grant for the construction of the resort and an $80 million loan for a new parking garage. The hope: to lure more tourists to the area with a new 17-story, Jimmy Buffet-themed resort. 

Shannon Kaestle / Miami Herald

Despite controversy over the city's funding of the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, Hollywood mayor Josh Levy argues his city has made an investment in its long-term future.   

According to a deal between the City of Hollywood and the resort's owner, KSL Capital Partners, the resort and parking garage will be paid for in part by taxpayers. The city provided a $28 million grant for the construction of the resort and an $80 million loan for the resort’s parking garage, which will be paid off by the parking garage's users and taxpayers by 2045.

Meredith Rizzo / NPR

  A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of a tattoo parlor owner and against the city of Key West's attempt to block a new tattoo business from opening in the city's historic district.

The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that tattoos and tattooing are artistic expression, protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

And it rejected the city's arguments that tattoo parlors could hurt the "character and fabric" of the Old Town area and thus hurt tourism.