Melbourne leaders to discuss Margaritaville riverfront complex

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Plans for a new hotel, marina and event venue are taking shape in the city of Melbourne.

The proposed Margaritaville Marina and Riverwalk will consist of a seven-story, 146-room hotel, restaurant, a 221-slip marina and event lawn.


The new marina and riverwalk will be built on what is now a vacant lot along U.S. Route 1, just north of NASA Boulevard.

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Melbourne mayor Paul Alfrey said the proposal is a win for the city.

“This is an amazing development for the city of Melbourne. You’re looking overall with the marina concept and Margaritaville probably upward of an 80-90 million dollar project with the hotel, the restaurants, the lawn, the boat slips. This is going to be an amazing development,” Alfrey said.

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Alfrey said the project could actually improve stormwater runoff issues along part of the Indian River Lagoon.

“This is an area where there’s little stormwater protection. Everything flows into the lagoon. Everything will be kept on-site, up to the new codes and actually, the developer has gone far beyond what he needs to address stormwater and flooding.”

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It will be up to the city council to decide if they will allow for additional building height and a conditional use request to allow for the new marina.

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Matt Reeser

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Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.