Your chance to tour Daytona Margaritaville homes

DAYTONA BEACH — Those curious what it would be like to live in the Jimmy Buffett-themed Latitude Margaritaville community taking shape here will get a chance to check out model homes starting this weekend.

Minto Communities, developer of the planned 6,900-home 55-and-older community being built on the north side of LPGA Boulevard, just west of Interstate 95, will celebrate the opening of nine fully furnished model homes with a grand opening on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The free “Margaritaville Street Party” will include food, virgin (i.e., non-alcoholic) margaritas, live music, stiltwalkers, prizes and giveaways.

The grand opening coincides with the start of the Volusia Building Industry Association’s annual Parade of Homes, featuring 49 entries of new homes and communities by builders throughout Volusia County that runs through March 4.

“We’re expecting a large turnout,” said Bill Bullock, the Minto senior vice president overseeing the development of Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach.

The golf cart-friendly 55-and-older community is the first of several that Minto and Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings are partnering to develop in multiple states. All are aimed at appealing to those interested in living the laidback tropical lifestyle described in Buffett’s music, including his 1977 signature tune, “Margaritaville.”

“We’re well over 200 (homes) sold,” said Sherri Weyandt, a new homes sales professional with Minto, who said the community’s sales center, next to the Halifax Humane Society, has been averaging 50 to 100 visitors a day.

The first residents will be moving in in early March, according to Bullock.

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