Ron DeSantis is getting ready to create this tribute to Margaritaville singer Jimmy Buffett

Feb 23, 2024

Jimmy Buffett has one of the most loyal followings in music.

Parrot heads will soon be able to see a reminder of the late tropical rocker in Florida. 

Now Ron DeSantis is getting ready to create this tribute to “Margaritaville” singer, Jimmy Buffett.

Musical icon, Jimmy Buffett, tragically passed away last fall, and Florida is getting to honor the “Cheeseburger in Paradise” singer.

The Florida House unanimously passed a bill to designate the name of the Florida State Road A1A which starts in the Jacksonville area and runs along the beaches of the state’s Atlantic coast to Mile Marker 0 in Key West as the “Jimmy Buffett Memorial Highway.”

A1A was the name of a 1974 album by Buffett, and he sang about the state road in the song, “Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season” from the same album.

The bill sailed through the house with a 119-0 vote, in a rare display of bipartisanship in the Florida Legislature.

The Senate version of the bill has passed its committee hearings and is awaiting a full floor vote which it should easily pass.

One of the bill’s House sponsors, Republican State Representative, Chuck Clemons, said that Buffett was a testament to the American Dream.

“(Buffett was) a poet, a writer, a musician, an environmentalist, a businessman,” Clemons said. “While we don’t begrudge any other state — like, let’s say, Alabama — from trying to claim (him) just by accident of birth, that he was born in Mobile. In our minds, however, will always rightfully be remembered as one of history’s greatest Floridians.”

“Over the course of the last 50-plus years, he went from busking on the streets in Key West for nickels and dimes to being the architect of diverse, big, big enterprises all over the globe,” Clemons continued. “And his success is the American dream. His success is a testament to what can be built with just six strings, an idea and talent that lends itself to a catchy song.”

Republican State Representative, Jim Mooney of Islamorada, the bill’s other House sponsor, said that it was an “honor” to represent Buffett in the state legislature and that he cherished being able to carry a bill honoring him.

Buffett spent much of his life living in Florida which contributed to his unique tropical sound.

The tropical lifestyle associated with Buffett’s music found a home in the Florida Keys.

Buffett’s fans known as Parrot heads gathered for years in Key West, Florida for the Meeting of the Minds festival, near where the state road soon to be named after him ends.

Florida was Jimmy Buffett’s adopted home and soon the state will honor him and his musical legacy.

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

 

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