Like anyone with a 401K, I dream of the day when I can sit on a beach all day long on a Wednesday and sip margaritas until I nap in the ocean breeze under a palm tree. That’s the only good thing about growing up and getting older — Sure your bowels slowly stop working and you need Cilas to pop an erection and your joints develop arthritis, but at least there’s the joy of NOT WORKING. That’s the whole point of being smart and saving your pennies to bask in the sun and drink cocktails with umbrellas in them with your fellow 55+ homies.
The soundtrack to this retirement fantasy is, obviously, anything by Jimmy Buffett. The man has netted a nine-figure fortune by being smart about selling tropical musical escapism and never working an honest day in his life.
Now his legions of Parrotheads — all aging children of their own rite — can have a place of their own to settle into their golden years. Buffett’s licensing company is working with a developer in Daytona, Florida to develop a Margaritaville-themed retirement community for the 55 and over crowd. Finally, safe haven outside a Buffett show at Jones Beach or Riverbend where your grandparents can scream the lyrics to “Why Don’t We Get Drunk And Screw” without judgement. via The News Journal:
Plans for a 55-and-older Margaritaville-themed community are barely off the drawing board, but the spirit of the Jimmy Buffett song that inspired the project was evident in a welcome celebration on Thursday at LPGA International Golf Club.
The invitation-only party marked this week’s announcement by Canadian developer Minto Communities that Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings company will be a strategic partner in developing Latitude Margaritaville, a planned 6,900-home community for 55-and-older residents on the north side of LPGA Boulevard, just west of Interstate 95.
The first homes are expected to be ready for move in by fall 2018, said William Bullock, a senior vice president with Minto. A sales center along LPGA Boulevard next to the Halifax Humane Society is expected to be open by this fall, with models available to tour by January 2018, Bullock said.
The community is being designed to reflect Buffett’s well-known tropical vibe, including the look and feel of its homes, which will feature an Old Florida/Key West architectural style, Bullock said.
Retiring here is such goals. I picture it being an endless haze of old people smoking joints and volleyball games and grass skirts and conga lines, plus the occasionally fish bowl party just like it’s ’78 all over again.
God Bless you, Jimmy Buffett. You are truly godfather of the Bros.
[H/T: My man Mark]