Jimmy Buffett surprises employees, gamblers at Margaritaville Biloxi

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - When you hear the name Margaritaville Biloxi, everyone thinks of Jimmy Buffett, but no one actually expects to run into him there. But that's exactly what happened Friday when the singer/songwriter made a surprise visit to the casino that bears his name.

Buffett made a quick walk through the property with Margaritaville managers and Mayor AJ Holloway to share his ideas for the hotel that's in the works. Architects are working on those plans right now. And while there's no timetable for construction, leaders hope to be breaking ground by the end of the year.

Buffett also stopped to visit with employees and say thanks for all the hard work they do to keep the 24/7 operation running smoothly.

"I had to do a double-take to believe it, but sure enough I was standing in front of Jimmy Buffett," said employee Emma Roberts. "He was so nice and appreciative of what we do."

Roberts, a native of Puerto Rico, said she was also pleasantly surprised to learn the songwriter "speaks perfect Spanish."

Buffett also surprised a few customers before leaving on his seaplane.

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