A Florida Congressman wants to create this tribute to Margaritaville singer Jimmy Buffett

Apr 2, 2024

Jimmy Buffett built a cult following during his legendary musical career.

Now his adopted home wants to pay tribute to the late singer.

And a Florida Congressman wants to create this tribute to Margaritaville singer Jimmy Buffett.

Jimmy Buffett honored in Key West

Legendary musician Jimmy Buffett passed away last year at the age of 76.

Now a Florida Congressman wants to memorialize the “Cheeseburger in Paradise” singer.

Representative Carlos A. Gimenez (R-FL) introduced a bill in Congress that would change the name of the Post Office building in Key West, Florida, to the “Jimmy Buffett Post Office Building.”

Buffett was a transplant to Key West, where he developed his signature tropical rock sound and the easygoing lifestyle associated with it.

Gimenez, who represents Key West in Congress, called the singer a “champion for our beloved Florida Keys.”

“Jimmy Buffett will always be an icon and champion for our beloved Florida Keys,” Gimenez said. “His music, vision, and entrepreneurship produced a lasting legacy in our community and introduced the world to the Florida Keys. With songs like ’Margaritaville’ and ‘Cheeseburgers in Paradise’, Jimmy Buffett became an icon to millions of fans known as ‘Parrot Heads’ and embodied the lifestyle of island escapism.”

The Congressman continued, “He loved Florida and the Keys and dedicated many efforts to protecting the manatees, supporting the Everglades, and safeguarding the island waterways. It is my privilege to represent the Florida Keys in Congress, and I am proud to memorialize this true legend of our community and rename Key West’s post office in his honor.”

The bill already picked co-sponsors from Florida’s Congressional delegation and Gimenez predicted Congress would pass it.

This would be the latest tribute to Buffett after Florida memorialized him earlier this year.

Florida to name highway leading to Key West after Jimmy Buffett

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to sign a bill that unanimously passed the Florida Legislature that would change the name of Florida State Highway A1A to the “Jimmy Buffett Memorial Highway.”

The highway begins in the Jacksonville area and runs down the state’s Atlantic coast before ending in Key West.

Buffett named a 1974 album after the highway, A1A, and sang about it in the song “Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season” on the same album.

“As Jimmy once said, ‘It’s a sweet life living by the salty sea’ and we could not think of a better way to honor him than by memorializing him along Florida’s coastal highway,” State Senator Lauren Book (D-FL) said.

DeSantis also received a bill to create a vanity Margaritaville license plate with a portion of the sales going toward Singing for Change, a charity started by Buffett to help hurricane victims.

Florida is paying tribute to Jimmy Buffett’s legacy after he helped put Key West on the map.

DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

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