Breaking ground for Margaritaville
HOLLYWOOD BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Construction has begun for the future home of the famous beach resort, Margaritaville.
Construction crews officially broke ground Thursday. "There's been attempts in the past to redevelop this site that have been unsuccessful," Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober said. "We had vowed that we were gonna get this project done."
Bober said the project has been in the works for years. "We think this is going to create a Margaritaville effect," Bober said. "Create a renewed interest in the development community, redeveloping not only Hollywood Beach, but throughout the entire city as well."
Local businesses are also excited about the new resort. Tim Seward, who owns a business on Hollywood Beach, hopes the resort will bring more money to the community.
"There wasn't a Margaritaville here with 300-plus rooms in it six years ago," Seward said. "Five years from now, they'll bring people that will never come to Hollywood."
With the excitement, comes doubt. Several residents feel the resort will only bring headaches.
"I just want to know where everybody is going to park," Richard Gillespie, a resident on Hollywood Beach for 20 years. "This isn't South Beach, and it isn't Las Olas."
City leaders said Margaritaville will bring hundreds of jobs and billions of dollars, and also give the Hollywood Beach boardwalk a major attraction.
The construction site of the resort used to be home to a parking garage, but officials said part of Margaritaville will feature a 600-car public parking garage.
Margaritaville is scheduled to open its doors in late 2015.
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