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Buffett’s S.W.A.T. Boat Put to Good Use

posted August 5th, 2010 at 9:44 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett’s donated boat is being put to good use by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab in fighting the BP oil spill:

“We’ve been looking for oiled wildlife, birds primarily. Fortunately, we’ve not seen any at all,” said Don Abrams, Volunteer Coordinator with GCRL. “I think Mr. Buffett was very interested in helping out oil wildlife, but we haven’t seen any problems here.”

So since the beginning of July, the boat has taken on different duties. It’s now part of the new GCRL Shoreline Sentinels Program. Several times a week, volunteers take the boat on patrol around the marshes of Ocean Springs and the Biloxi Bay.

“Looking at them from the water side and we’re able to put another pair of eyes on them. Something you can’t see from the shore,” said Abrams.

“Damaged fencing, or booms, things of that nature,” said GCRL Shoreline Sentinels Program Coordinator Read Hendon. “There was one instance that they found oil in the marsh all around from Marsh Point.”

The 17-foot SWAT boat is designed to navigate around shallows waters where larger Vessels of Opportunity can’t reach.

“Bridging the gap between those vessels and the beach walk and cleanup crews that have been walking the beaches,” said Hendon.

The boat is also being used by USM faculty and students for marsh research. It’s on stand-by to help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service respond to any wildlife emergencies. And the Pascagoula River Audubon Center plans to use the boat for future bird surveys.

Read more about the S.W.A.T. boat effort here.


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Vote for Your Favorite Caption

posted August 4th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

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by Josh Martin

Time to vote! We chose a few of our favorite captions that you submitted and put them in a poll below. Vote for your favorite and in a couple days we’ll have a winner!





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Buffett Playing Surprise Show at Margaritaville Niagara Falls

posted August 3rd, 2010 at 4:08 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett is playing a surprise show at the newly-opened Margaritaville Cafe in Niagara Falls, Ontario according to Radio Margaritaville.

The location, the first Margaritaville in Canada, opened on June 18th. Jimmy always stops by after a Margaritaville Cafe opens and visits with the employees and plays a few songs.

We’ll post more info as we get it.

Read more about the Niagara Falls location here and be sure to visit the official site.

Update – Mike in the comments says that it appears Jimmy started playing around 5 pm ET.


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Win a License to Chill at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel!

posted August 3rd, 2010 at 8:56 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett’s own Sirius XM channel wants to send you to Jimmy Buffett’s own hotel in Pensacola Beach, Florida…and send you in style!

If you win, your “License To Chill at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel” will include 4 nights at the amazing beachside hotel, airfare for two, and the VIP treatment– including a tour in Jimmy’s Surf Van of some of his favorite Gulf Coast spots and a personal gumbo cooking class with Jimmy’s sister, Lucy, at her restaurant, Lulu’s in nearby Gulf Shores, AL.

Heck, we’ll even throw in $500 to spend on food and beverages at the amazing hotel restaurants and bars, some Margaritaville flip-flops, and the hotel will let you even let you take home one of the robes!

Click here to enter to win!

The contest runs through the end of August.

View photos of the gorgeous Margaritaville Beach Hotel here and visit the official website.


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Jimmy Buffett Caption Contest

posted August 2nd, 2010 at 9:28 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett hits the road again this weekend (get tickets now) and to get you prepped let’s do another Jimmy Buffett Caption Contest.

Take a look at the below picture and come up with your own funny, creative caption for it:

Post your caption in the comments section of this post.

After a few days we’ll take some of the best captions and put them in a poll for everyone to vote on their favorite.

Caption away!


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