By: Marisa Gottesman Associate Editor
Jimmy Buffett recently enjoyed a cheeseburger in paradise along Delray Beach’s Atlantic Avenue and after a few Landsharks he realized there was no better place to expand his Margaritaville chain than the village by the sea.
He submitted plans to the city this week to bring his island paradise, where only good vibes are allowed, to Veterans Park, 802 NE First St.
Initial plans indicate the project will bring a salt water pool with a swim up bar that only contains top-shelf libations, three tiki huts, lounge chairs, private cabanas and a snack bar. The signature cocktail will be a margarita, of course, and clocks posted around the site will always read 5 p.m.
The pool club can hold 500 people at a time and the surround-sound entertainment system that can also be heard underwater will only play Buffett tunes on repeat. The public parking spaces currently available will be converted into a valet-only for pool guests.
Buffett plans to take full advantage of the city’s new expedited development approval process and has agreed to pay whatever fee to get construction underway. The design theme of the project is dubbed “island chic.”
The first 100 pool-goers will receive a Kosher pickle from Buffett and a personal meet-and-greet with members of the Coral Reefer Band.
Plans to bring the oasis to Veteran’s Park will save the city money it has allocated to spend on improvements to the park. City officials have not determined how that money will be reallocated.