One week after the passing of legendary musician Jimmy Buffet, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered flags be flown at half-staff to “commemorate his life and legacy.”
In a Thursday press release, DeSantis stated, “To commemorate his life and legacy, I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at the Monroe County Courthouse in Key West, Florida, City of Key West City Hall, and at the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida, from 5:00 PM today to 5:00 PM on Friday September 8, 2023, because it’s always five o’clock somewhere.”
Buffet passed away on Friday, September 1, 2023 away after battling cancer.
The press release noted that Buffet, who was born in Mississippi and raised in Alabama, “moved to Key West in his early years to build a legacy. An inductee of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, Buffett captured the Florida lifestyle and entertained generations of Floridians with his relaxed ‘Floridays’ style that embodied the spirit of the Gulf Coast and Conch Republic.”
DeSantis recognized Buffet’s music accomplishments as well as his efforts as a conservationists. The press release stated that as “A global entertainer, Buffett’s song “Margaritaville” led to successes on the stage and off the charts — becoming a namesake for his business ventures, which include restaurants, resorts, and a lifestyle brand.”
DeSantis called Buffet a “lifelong conservationist” and acknowledged his efforts to protect the manatee, Florida’s State Marine Mammal, through the Save the Manatee License Plate. He also noted Buffett’s appreciation for Florida’s Everglades which was “reinforced through philanthropic efforts and song.”