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Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Resort spawns protest from local songwriters

Jimmy Buffett asked by two musicians to listen to their song
Jimmy Buffett asked by two musicians to listen to their song
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Two South Florida musicians on Monday called out singer Jimmy Buffet, asking that Buffett listen to a song they wrote for him in exchange for having to endure the traffic headaches Buffett’s new Margaritaville Resort in Hollywood Beach will allegedly bring to the area when it opens in 2015. The musicians said at a hastily called press conference on Monday at a Miami jazz club that they won’t take “no” for an answer.

“Jimmy is building a 350-room, 17-story resort on a heretofore sleepy stretch of beach,” said musician Paul Gondola, a Hollywood resident . “That’s going to create a non-stop flood of traffic along State Road A1A, a small roadway that runs up and down the beach. For beach residents, this is a disaster. Jimmy Buffett owes us one.”

Gondola says he and fellow musician, Steve Domino, wrote what they believe will be Jimmy Buffett’s next huge hit. But he says the writing duo doesn’t want to pitch the song through normal music industry channels, typically middlemen known as song pluggers. Gondola and Domino want an audience with Buffett to personally play their song for the King of the Parrotheads.

“You don’t see Jimmy Buffett building his resort in his Palm Beach neighborhood,” said Domino. “He wouldn’t – couldn’t – dare do that. His hoity-toity neighbors would never allow for such a thing. So we’ve got to put up with it. Jimmy Buffett can make this thing right by listening to our song. He won’t regret it … like we may regret his resort.”

Gondola and Domino wouldn’t divulge what their song is about, other than to say it’s “anthemic” and “destined to become yet another Jimmy Buffett classic.”

“It rocks in a laid-back, Jimmy Buffet kind of way,” said Gondola. “Jimmy’s going to love it, and so will his fans.”

Domino said that if Jimmy Buffett refuses to grant him and his writing partner an audience, things could get “Margaritaville ugly.”

“We might have to stand outside the construction site singing really bad Calypso music while dressed as Lady Gaga,” said Gondola.”

Now that’s ugly.