JIMMY BUFFETT - whose tunes are as much a part of life in Pensacola as fried grouper, Land Shark beer, the Navy's Blue Angels and dead, oil-covered pelicans - is planning to open the $50 million, 162-room Margaritaville Hotel in a week.
As tar balls came ashore Saturday from BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Buffett said he had no plans to delay the opening.
"This will pass," he said as walked along the city's beachfront and fishing pier with Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.
The Margaritaville Hotel sits on land where Hurricane Ivan destroyed a previous hotel in 2004, near the main section of Pensacola Beach. Hundreds of applicants lined up outside this week for a job fair even as TV trucks filled a nearby parking lot to report on the oil slick's arrival.
* The Pixies canceled a concert in Tel Aviv this week in the wake of Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. The group's Tel Aviv promoter, Shuki Weiss, relayed a statement from the band announcing the cancellation "with great regret."
The band did not specify why it was pulling out of the gig, but organizers say the decision was related to last week's naval raid, which killed nine pro-Palestinian activists.
* Sheryl Crow is the mother of another boy.
Crow announced Friday that she has adopted a second son, Levi James, born April 30.
Meanwhile, In Touch reports Sandra Bullock is planning to adopt a second child, a baby girl.
We think Sandra should break new ground and adopt a husband.
* Attorneys for Charlie Sheen have approached Colorado's nonprofit Theatre Aspen about having the actor do public service work as part of a plea deal in his domestic violence case, the theater's artistic director said Friday.
Sheen's duties, if the deal is approved, would include teaching a class and helping with Theatre Aspen's three summer shows, Paige Price said.
"I certainly think he has the career credentials," she said. "And he could possibly teach a class or do question-and-answer sessions. If this could benefit the Theatre Aspen's actors or students, I would certainly be amenable to it."
* Texas authorities say "Gossip Girl" heartthrob Chace Crawford faces a marijuana possession charge after being arrested in the Dallas suburb of Plano.
Police spokesman Rick McDonald says Chace was arrested in a parked vehicle early Friday morning. He was booked and later released on a misdemeanor charge of possessing less than two ounces of pot.
His publicist, unsurprisingly, didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
* The Los Angeles Dodgers say they have resolved a dispute with comedian Jon Lovitz over nearly $100,000 in unpaid 2010 season tickets located behind home plate.
In a statement the team said it resolved the case "very quickly, very amicably, and to the satisfaction of both parties."
The Dodgers also say Lovitz is a friend and welcome back at the stadium any time.
Yeah, that's the ticket.
* Don Cheadle has become a spokesman for the United Nations environment program.
Cheadle is currently appearing in "Iron Man 2" as War Machine.
He was appointed Saturday in Rwanda as a U.N. Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador.
Continuing the U.N.'s trend of celebrity spokespeople, Matt Damon has been appointed its Goodwill Hunting Ambassador.
Daily News wire services contributed to this report.