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Margaritaville Nashville Hits Snag

posted March 24th, 2010 at 11:05 am

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by Josh Martin

Plans to build a Margaritaville Cafe have hit a snag and must meet certain historical preservation guidelines to be approved:

The building sits in the Broadway Preservation District and has to meet strict construction guidelines.

The Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission staff found problems with some of the beach-themed restaurant’s signage and proposed glass wall that would replace the building’s windows.

The Broadway Preservation District came about in 2007 when a Westin Hotel was proposed for Lower Broadway. The guidelines have created a hurdle for Margaritaville.

Bloom said an open concept is crucial to Margaritaville’s concept.

“To where there’s pretty weather, then you can engage the sidewalk and the street for them to see in and to listen to the music, hear the music,” said Bloom.

The property owner said without the open windows Margaritaville would most likely not invest in Downtown Nashville.

Bloom estimated Margaritaville would employ close to 150 people and take in $10 million a year in sales. That could net Nashville close to a $1 million a year in tax revenue.

Other downtown restaurants do have open windows. Broadway Brewhouse and Paradise Park installed their windows before 2007.

“They’re there to protect the character of our city and the buildings that make up our city,” said Tim Walker, executive director of the Metro Historic Zoning Commission.

The group is charged with guiding construction in the city’s preservation districts. Walker’s staff reviews plans and makes recommendations to the full Historic Zoning Commission.

“Those buildings are unique to Nashville. They’re what makes Nashville, Nashville and not just any city,” said Walker.

The Broadway Preservation district guidelines read replacement storefronts most mimic the original storefront of the building. That is where Margaritaville’s plan hit a snag.

Small modifications will bring Margaritaville’s proposed signage into compliance with the preservation district’s guidelines.

Both sides are optimistic they will be able to work out a compromise.

“I would say we’re 90 percent there, and there are just a few modifications to be made before the projects approved,” said Walker.

“We think we’ll be able to come to an agreement that will satisfy everyone and move forward with this project,” said Bloom.

The snag is likely to delay construction by a month, but developers say the project is still on target to open at the end of this year.

Tagged in Business Empire, Margaritaville Cafes

Caption Contest Winner: DO

posted March 21st, 2010 at 10:13 pm

by Josh Martin

Congratulations to DO for winning the latest Jimmy Buffett photo caption contest!

Here was the photo:

And DO’s winning caption with 144 votes (33% of the vote) was:

“Here’s the number to my cousin in Miami. He can take care of you…”

Thanks to everyone who submitted captions and we’ll do another one soon!

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Rootin’ For Newton’s Mush Your Way To Jamaica Sweepstakes

posted March 20th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

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by Josh Martin

Newton Marshall became the first person from the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica to finish the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as he crossed the finish line at 7:27pm AKDT. Newton had an elapsed time of 12 days, four hours, and 27 minutes from the start line in Willow. “Jamaica, I did it again,” he exclaimed as he rode down Front Street in Nome waving a Jamaican flag from his position behind 10 dogs in harness and one in his sled basket.

You’ve been Rootin’ for Newton and now it’s your chance to meet him! Enter below for your chance to win a VIP Jamaica Dogsled experience at Chukka Cove, plus access to any of the other Chukka Adventures that you want! Enjoy a $200 Gift Certificate to Margaritaville Ocho Rios and receive a 5-day/4-night all inclusive Funjet Vacations getaway for two to the beautiful Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa where you can enjoy five restaurants, eight bars, white sand beach, five swimming pools and the Lighthouse Waterslide. It’s all included!

Click here to enter to win!

Must be 21 years of age to enter.

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Watch the CMT Crossroads Episode Online

posted March 19th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

by Josh Martin

The Jimmy Buffett / Zac Brown Band CMT Crossroads episode debuted Friday night at 10 pm, and if you missed it you can now watch it online at CMT.com:

Watch the full episode

You can also watch the performances individually here.

CMT television will also re-air the show at the following times:

  • Saturday at 1:00 am and 10:00 am
  • Sunday at 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday at 12:00 pm
  • Thursday at 1:00 am
  • Friday at 10:00 am

Tagged in TV Appearances, Videos

CMT Crossroads Debuts Tonight

posted March 19th, 2010 at 12:38 am

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by Josh Martin

Tonight at 10 pm ET/PT CMT debuts the latest “Crossroads” episode featuring Jimmy Buffett and the Zac Brown Band.

Taped on December 9th in Nashville, the two teamed up on the following songs:

  • Where the Boat Leaves From
  • One Love
  • Free
  • Into the Mystic
  • Toes
  • Chicken Fried
  • Wings
  • Nobody From Nowhere
  • Son of a Son of a Sailor
  • A Pirate Looks at Forty
  • Margaritaville

CMT has released two clips of the show: “Margaritaville” and “Free / Into The Mystic”.

If you miss it tonight, CMT will re-run the episode at the following dates and times:

  • Saturday at 1:00 am and 10:00 am
  • Sunday at 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday at 12:00 pm
  • Thursday at 1:00 am
  • Friday at 10:00 am

Tagged in Special Appearances, TV Appearances

Vote For Your Favorite Caption

posted March 17th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

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by Josh Martin

A few days ago we showed you the below picture and asked you to come up with your own caption for it:

We took five of our favorites and put them in a poll for you to vote for your favorite:

Tagged in Caption Contest


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