(Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for NBC Universal)

Whether or not you’re a fan of Margaritaville coming to Fort Myers Beach, it is definitely happening. And it’s going to completely change the town. Construction began late last year and as you can see, they’re making steady progress. This aerial footage really lets you see just how fast things are coming along. If you want to compare, here’s the footage from last month.

Here’s the press release from to the official website,

“The brand-new Margaritaville Beach Resort Fort Myers Beach is bringing our casual-luxe island lifestyle to Southwest Florida. From 254 high-end rooms and suites to signature Margaritaville services and amenities, you’ll be able to kick back without a care in the world. A stay at this tropical getaway can be as laid-back or action-packed as you wish. Turn up the adrenaline with some water sports, set sail on an adventure through the area’s natural beauty, or simply book a massage and soak up some sun with a frozen concoction by the pool. After all, we’re on island time here. Margaritaville Beach Resort Fort Myers Beach is scheduled to open in 2023.”

Here is drone footage taken by Brian Kennedy last week  just before the (almost tropical storm) rain came.

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How Do Floridians Take Their Margaritas?

  • Read on to find out which type of margarita is Florida's favorite, along with other “salty” insights!

    A U.S. map plotting each state’s favorite margarita flavor

    The classic (or house) margarita certainly takes the cake as the most popular margarita flavor around the U.S., voted the favorite by residents in 20 states.

  • The most popular combination is a classic margarita with Patrón tequila, on the rocks, with a sea salt rim.

    The second most popular is the same combination, but sub in Jose Cuervo for Patrón. If you ask us, Jose Cuervo would not be our second pick, but perhaps its rich history and budget-friendly prices enhance its appeal.

    The second most popular margarita flavor is strawberry, chosen by residents in 14 states. A strawberry marg with Jose Cuervo is the preferred aperitif of Southerners, especially. Residents in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia all love this winning combo. What’s more, out of the 14 states that prefer strawberry margaritas, eight states like their strawberry margs frozen.

    There were only three states that did not choose Jose Cuervo or Patrón as their favorite tequila for their margaritas. California and New Mexico named Don Julio their favorite, while residents in Illinois have a taste for Casamigos over any other tequila brands. 

  • The Most Popular Margarita Flavors In The US

    An infographic displaying the most popular margarita flavors in the U.S.

    We asked residents in each state to choose their favorite margarita flavor out of a list of 15 flavors (everything from blood orange to passionfruit to key lime). Again, the classic margarita reigns supreme as the most popular margarita flavor (20 states), followed by strawberry (14 states). Honorable mentions go to mango and spicy jalapeño margaritas — voted the favorite in four and three states, respectively. Watermelon and passionfruit are the outliers with both flavors preferred in one state.

    For fun, we also asked respondents to name their favorite tequila cocktails out of a list of 14 beverages. The vast majority, 87%, chose the margarita as their favorite tequila cocktail — proof that you can’t go wrong with this simple and sour drink. Other favorites were tequila sunrises (37%), sangritas (24%), and Mexican mules (21%).

  • Pick Your Poison

    A series of pie charts illustrating American margarita preferences

    American margarita drinkers are especially loyal to Patrón silver tequila for its smooth/sweet taste and light, peppery finish. We asked respondents in each state to choose their ideal tequila brand for a margarita, and the largest portion (35%) said Patrón. Jose Cuervo was the runner-up (34%), followed by Don Julio (13%), Casamigos (8%), and Espolón (3%).

    Further, by a small margin, more people prefer their margaritas on the rocks (52%) than frozen (48%). When it comes to rim seasoning, sea salt is the favorite. 29% prefer sea salt on the rim of their margaritas, followed by 24% who choose sugar and 20% who choose regular (kosher) salt. 14% of margarita drinkers who like to turn up the heat prefer chili lime salt, while 13% prefer to keep it simple with no seasoning at all.

  • Pick Your Poison, Part II

    An infographic highlighting American margarita preferences

    When it comes to types of tequila, 63% of respondents say blanco is their favorite, followed by 18% who say reposado is their preference. These two types blend perfectly with cocktails like a margarita or paloma, whereas other types (añejo and joven) taste better on their own, either neat or on the rocks. 
    What’s more, margarita drinkers aren’t necessarily calorie counting — 83% of respondents prefer regular margs to skinny margs. For some, the quality of the margarita mix is also important. 23% of respondents would turn down a margarita at a restaurant or bar if the mix was store-bought rather than made in-house. 

  • How Many Margs Does It Take to Get Tipsy?

    A heatmap showing how many margaritas it takes each state to get tipsy

    Tequila typically means tipsy nights filled with dancing and drunken secrets. But just how many margaritas does it take for the average American to catch a buzz? On average, it takes Americans 2.55 margs to get tipsy, but drinkers in Wisconsin, Florida, and Oklahoma beg to differ. Tanks in these states need anywhere from 3.08 to 3.20 margs before they start to feel wobbly. Connecticut, however, only needs 1.97 margs before feeling tipsy.  

  • The Cost of Getting Tipsy off Margaritas

    A treemap displaying the cost of getting tipsy off of margaritas in each state

    In our survey, we asked American drinkers, “What is the most you’d be willing to pay for a margarita at a restaurant?” The average response was $10.97. We then multiplied the average number of margaritas it takes respondents in each state to feel tipsy by $10.97 to find the cost of getting tipsy off margaritas in each state.

    Margarita drinkers in Wisconsin and Florida have the highest tolerance so naturally, their costs of getting tipsy off margs are the highest — $35.10 and $34.42, respectively. On the opposite end are Connecticut and Nebraska, where residents can catch a buzz off margs for the low price of $21.60 and $22.81.

  • Hefty Bar Tabs

    An infographic showing how much Americans are spending on margaritas each year among other margarita statistics

    According to survey responses, the average American drinks 30.18 margaritas each year. At an average price of $10.97, that means Americans are spending an average of $331.07 on margaritas each year. That’s a fair amount of coin to be putting toward margarita consumption alone. 

Joe Winner spends his days combing through memes and off beat stories to bring you the side of Florida not always seen.