Austinites aged 55 and up could soon have the opportunity to live the Jimmy Buffet lifestyle while “wastin’ away” in an active-adult Margaritaville community.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Floridian Minto Communities USA announced plans this week to build Latitude Margaritaville communities in Austin, Houston and Dallas.
Developers said there are "world-class" amenities planned. (Latitude Margaritaville)
The company said Texas was chosen after noticing trends of Texans traveling to communities in Florida but noticing they didn’t want to permanently leave the Lone Star State. Texas also made a good choice due to its temperate climate, amount of land, access to activities and proximity to airports, services, offices and hospitals.
Margaritaville communities will include amenities like:
- A resort-style pool
- Fitness facilities
- Live entertainment
- Trademark food and drink concepts
- Art and educational programming
The entryway's bright colors will instantly let you know you're in margaritaville. (Latitude Margaritaville)
Residences will include villas, single-family and cottage-style homes. The three new communities will join two existing communities in Florida and one in South Carolina.
Hazmat suits, low-flying aircraft and more will be seen this week as Austin hosts an exercise to prepare for radiological incident.
The project, called Cobalt Magnet 22, involves more than 30 local, state and federal agencies planning for 18 months to be prepared in the event of radiological threats. It will start Monday and last through May 20.
What to expect: Field teams in protective clothing using radiological monitoring and detection equipment, low-flying aircraft conducting data-gathering overflights, and groups of first responders and others staged at various locations.
The exercise is part of a regular program of training, exercises and planning.
“Th City of Austin is pleased to welcome NNSA and the numerous local, state and federal agencies participating in Cobalt Magnet”, said Juan Ortiz, Director of Austin's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office. “Our goal in this exercise is to test our procedures and make improvements to ensure we’re keeping the Austin/Travis County community protected.”
Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff is here to stay as the Club announced he signed a three-year contract extension.
Wolff, who was previously an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's National Team, will coach Austin FC through the end of 2025 under the new contract.
Wolff has been the Austin FC head coach since November 2019. In the team's first year, some hoped to oust Wolff as the team was at the bottom of the Western Conference. But this year, the team is at the top, ranking No. 3.
“This is still a young, growing Club but seeing our vision for Austin FC come to life on and off the field has been one of the great honors of my career. My staff and I will keep working every day to represent the city, and to develop our team both competitively and as human beings. The best is yet to come," Wolff said.