“It's only half past twelve, but I don't care, it's five o'clock somewhere,” reads the lyrics to Jimmy Buffet’s classic tune, “It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere.” Recognized as a lifelong conservationist, it’s fitting then, that at half-past twelve today, Sept. 8, we take notice that from 5 p.m. today until 5 p.m. tomorrow, under the order of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, both the U.S. flag and the State of Florida flag will be flown at half-staff at the Monroe County Courthouse in Key West, at Key West City Hall and at the State Capitol in Tallahassee
According to a statement from the governor’s office, Buffet spearheaded efforts to protect the manatee, the Florida State Marine Mammal, through the Save the Manatee license plate. Moreover, the musician reinforced through song and philanthropic efforts appreciation for Florida’s landmark Everglades.
The release from the governor’s office gives a nod to many of Buffet’s classic tunes and lyrics. As noted, “Floridians ‘Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season’ are encouraged to commemorate the legacy of our adopted native son by raising their margarita glass and enjoying a cheeseburger here in paradise to wish the ‘Son of a Son of a Sailor’ well.”
Buffett’s 1977 hit “Margaritaville” was his highest charting solo single. “Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season” was released in 1974, followed by “Son of a Son of a Sailor” in 1978 and “Cheeseburger in Paradise” that same year.
Buffet died Sept. 1 after a four-year battle with Merkel cell skin cancer. He was 76.