PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. - For what his song "Margaritaville" has conjured up in the hearts of tourists, Jimmy Buffett's new Pensacola Beach hotel is stirring those same emotions in the hearts of business owners along the oil-soaked shores of the Gulf Coast.
"I've been through hurricanes, earthquakes, I've been shot at by the Jamaican SWAT team, nothing really bothers me," Buffett said. "We're going to be open for business come hell or high water."
"It makes a world of difference to us," says a nearby restaurant owner. "For this establishment to be as beautiful as it is, and open at the time it does, it's inspirational to me and my fellow businessmen who've been here for years and years, that we will survive, we will make it. We've got confidence that some of the big wigs and big powers are with us."
Buffett's hotel boasts breathtaking views, luxurious rooms, and of course margaritas.
The hotel made it its mission to open before the Fourth of July holiday.
With so much of Florida's economy based on tourism, the hotel also is a sweet song to Governor Charlie Crist.
"Jimmy Buffett's a great Floridian, he cares a lot about our state, clearly cares a lot about our environment. But his entrepreneurial spirit cannot be put down, no matter what. And that encourages a lot of people," Crist said.