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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Things are Moving Along Well in Mooresville

     Two days behind me and a lot of progress has been made.  The exterior of the house has been pressure washed and re stained, paint is progressing well on the interior.  The roofers start replacing the roof today and the flooring people arrive on Monday.
      In the mean time, I’m playing lumberjack.  The yard is suffering from major over growth.  I’ve cut down a couple of trees and pruned many many more to go.  Today it is back inside to replace a couple of vanities and ad some crown moldings.     The progress is good, things are moving right along and the list is getting shorter.  I’m afraid that I will be here for a full two weeks.  Currently planning on driving back on Monday the 6th of March. 

     The important thing to me is that I'm getting a lot done each day in a lot of different areas.  Yesterday was demo on the old deck by the pond and some work on building a new well cover.  The painting and plastering is moving along well.  I feel like on the Flip or Flop Show.  Only difference is that I don't have a crew to come in to take care of a lot of this stuff.

     The old body will be needing a break by then.  Dock to repair and a ton of clean-up around the yard.  2 ½ acres is a lot of area and lots of things to take care of.  Looking forward to having this chore behind me.   I need a Karaoke break, but there will be none for the next couple of weeks.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Don Q Releases Oak Barrel Spiced Rum Expression

     Don Q has finally released its anticipated Oak Barrel Spiced Rum after first announcing plans to release it for a one year now.  “Don Q first announced plans for the release at the launch of its Single barrel last year.”  Oak Barrel Spiced Rum is created from rums aged between three and six years.  This is the “structure, smoothness and tanins” to differentiate the Don Q’s from other spiced rums, the natural blend of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove is then added Yielding a “dry” spiced rum that is free from artificial colors and flavors. 
      “We took our time in crafting our Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced Rum,” said Roberto Serrall├ęs, the sixth-generation Don Q rum maker.  We wanted to make sure we created an elevated experience for our customers; one that would reveal how barrel ageing and pure ingredients can take spiced rum from an ordinary mixer to an exceptional spirit that is ideal for crafting unique cocktails as well as for drinking neat, on the rocks or with a splash.”

          Tasting of the expression from the nose to the tasting notes includes vanilla, nutmeg, honey oak and tanins.   Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced Rum is bottled at 90 proof/45% abv and is available across the US now priced at $29.99.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Jimmy Buffett Lifestyle Community Coming to Daytona Beach

     I can't believe this hasn't happened before.  Jimmy has been near "retirement" age for a number of years now.  What a great idea, if it is pulled off properly this could compete with places like the Villages for people of retirement age and ready to live the laid back and "keywasted" lifestyle.


Jimmy Buffett
      Jimmy Buffett fans in search of a real-life "Margaritaville" will soon be able to find it, just not in Key West.   It will be right here in Daytona Beach.  Canadian developer Minto Communities announced that Buffett's Margaritaville Holdings company has agreed to become a strategic partner in developing its planned 6,900-home community for residents 55-and-older 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.  The new deal is a "game changer for this area," said John Albright, the CEO of Daytona Beach-based Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co., which recently sold the land where the first phase of the Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach is planned. "It will make the Minto development something that people identify with nationally."
Town Center "Park"
     The community, which originally was to be named Oasis Daytona, will now be called Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach, and will be designed to reflect the lifestyle espoused in Buffett's songs throughout the development.   "Featuring world-class amenities and design, Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach, will reflect Margaritaville's authentic 'no worries' tropical vibe, offering an immersive brand experience," according to a news release issued by Minto.
     "With Minto's expertise in creating master-planned developments and Margaritaville's inherent ability to deliver fun and escapism, Latitude Margaritaville has the exact coordinates for those looking to live the Margaritaville lifestyle as they grow older, but not up," stated John Cohlan, the CEO of Palm Beach-based Margaritaville Holdings, in the news release.
Community Center
     Buffett and Cohlan are the majority owners of Margaritaville Holdings, whose operations include destination resorts/hotels across the Southeastern United States and Caribbean, four gaming locations, and more than 60 food-and-beverage locations.   "Daytona will be the first of several communities we'll be developing in partnership with Margaritaville Holdings," said William Bullock, a senior vice president with Minto, in a phone interview.
     "Music, food and beverages will be a big part of the community," Bullock said, adding that the community's town center will include a music bandshell and "Margaritaville-inspired food and beverage offerings" among its amenities, which also will include a fitness center, indoor lap pool and spa, and an outdoor resort-style pool. "We're definitely going to do some live broadcasts from there (Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach) on their SiriusXM Channel," he added, although he did not know who those performers might be.   Bullock said he was told by Margaritaville Holdings officials, "You never know when or where Jimmy Buffett may show up to do a concert." 
     The community will also operate for its residents a private oceanfront beach club in Ormond-by-the-Sea that will be accessed via a loop shuttle bus.   Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach is expected to be the biggest master-planned community ever built in the Volusia-Flagler area.   Bullock said while his company is initially looking to develop between 6,000 and 7,000 homes, "there's still an opportunity grow the community" even further by acquiring additional adjacent land from Consolidated-Tomoka, which recently completed its sale of nearly 1,600 acres to Minto for $27.2 million. That land, on the south half of the planned community, is where Minto will be developing the project's first phase of up to 3,400 homes, as well as a neighborhood retail center along the north side of LPGA Boulevard, just west of the Tomoka River.
     Margaritaville Holdings is currently in talks about the possibility of becoming involved in the neighborhood retail center, Bullock said. The 200,000-square-foot retail center is expected to include a grocery store as well as restaurants and shops and would be next to the south entrance of the gated "golf cart-friendly" community, he said.

Learn More about this at https://www.latitudemargaritaville.com/ 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Lake Norman Here I Come

     Today is a travel day for me.  I’m heading up to North Carolina to put in some days on the house on Lake Norman.  My long time tenants have moved out and it is time to play the “Property Brothers” game and get it refurbished to sell.   Fortunately, I won’t have to trip over a production team as they film the project.  Most of what has to be done is to remove some overgrown plants and fix a few things that have just gotten old.  I moved out some 11 years ago and things can grow a lot in that time. 

     Marta and I built the house in 1990 and it has stood proud ever since.  It just needs to what I will call normal maintenance after 27 years.  I will have some fun up there as well as working, so I’ll keep you up on what is happening. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fishing Anyone?

     The mangroves of the Florida Keys are always willing to unveil new adventures and sights every time you visit them.  These days in the kayak we are able to quietly arrive upon sightings of wildlife going about their everyday lives.  This is really exciting for us and happens more and more often.  It isn't very often that you get the opportunity to catch an Egret stabbing at a fish, but I was lucky enough to catch this one.  Enjoy the vision that I had as I cruised through these fascinating Eco Systems of the Keys.




Saturday, February 18, 2017

Only Three Days Left to Attend The 2017 Miami Boat Show Presented by Progressive Insurance


     2017 Miami Boat Show is underway on Virginia Key at the Historic Marine Stadium.  The show is filled with everything marine and necessary to maintain your nautical life.  There has been a greatly improved control of the traffic on the Rickenbacker Causeway allowing you to get to and from the show quicker and with a lot less stress that the previous year.   My personal recommendation is to park at the American Airlines Arena and take the Water Taxi (if you already have bought you tickets on line) to and from the show.  It is a very relaxing ride through the port of Miami to the show and the arena gets you back onto the freeway without dealing with the city traffic.



     Once at the show, you will be walking for hours upon hours to see all the booths in the tents and several more at the exhibits in the water across from the historic Marine Stadium.   If you are looking for boats, engines, electronics, marine furniture, flooring, accessories or just ideas to update the boat you have, this is the place to be.  


     We spent a lot of the day in the B, C, and D tents and on the docks.  There is so much to see, collecting brochures and talking to the people that make the pieces.  I’ve been attending this show in Miami for many years, this year is one of the best all round experience that I have ever had there.   The shuttles, parking, water taxis, and the content of the show itself made for a great experience.  The show runs through Sunday, so if you haven’t thought about going and you have an interest in anything nautical, get on line get your tickets, parking and head on out to the show. 



     Tickets and the parking can be purchased online at http://www.miamiboatshow.com/tickets-and-parking .  You cannot take the water taxi to the show if you don’t already have your tickets to the show and the ticket lines on site can take quite a bit of time.  Having all of your tickets when you arrive will save you a lot of time and add to your enjoyment of the show once you get there. 



Friday, February 17, 2017

Bahama Bob’s French Riviera Cocktail

        A nice cocktail for the evening that offers a warmth with a interesting variety of flavor is what the         evening is calling for.   Here is a little cocktail that is quite easy to make that will take the edge off fo the     day and leave you feeling warm inside.


     Bahama Bob’s French Riviera

 
  • ¾ oz. Plantation Barbados Grande Reserve
  • ¾ oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
  • ¾ oz.  Rouge Vermouth
  • ¼ oz. Licor 43
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashion Bitters
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers Cardamom Bitters
     Shake all ingredients with ice. Then strain into an ice-filled glass.   Garnish with a lemon.