Fresh off the big announcement this month that Margaritaville Resort had reservations or sales for its first 250 vacation cottages, the developer is moving forward with the permitting process.
Encore Homes received approval this week from Osceola County's Development Review Committee for the preliminary plat of the first residential neighborhood within the $750 million Jimmy Buffet-themed resort.
The 265-lot neighborhood can be accessed from within the resort or through a separate, gated entrance on Formosa Garden Boulevard. The cottages vary in size -- the smallest are 20x40 feet. The 30 largest units are 38x60 feet with a pool, and they all face the resort's lagoon.
All of the waterfront units have pools, while the majority of interior units, 187 total, are 22 and 24 feet wide and 40 feet deep, and have direct access to the resort's public greenways and trails.
The resort will feature a 187-room Margaritaville hotel, 1,000 Key West-inspired vacation homes and 300 timeshare units. Encore is also developing Shoppes at Rolling Oaks, a 200,000-square-foot retail and entertainment center fronting on the W192 tourist corridor that will feature a live music venue and movie theater. The developer has filed multiple building permit applications for the retail project.
The developer filed plans in May for a 13-acre water park, which will be open to the public when the resort opens in 2018. It will feature a wave pool, lazy river and four clusters of waterslides, according to the plan.
Encore officials could not be reached for comment on Friday.