Jimbo's Closing For Good? Noooooooo!!!

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Jimbo Luznar
Say it ain't so Jimbo! WPLG reports that Miami's favorite low rent sea-side hang-out is finally shutting down after surviving through several hurricanes, a fire, and the city's draconian bureaucracy. In 1954, shrimper Jimbo Luznar established his little beach head on Virginia Key, which became one of the most iconic places in the Magic City. With its dilapidated wood shacks, creaky dock, bocce ball pit, and smoked fish, Jimbo's is one of our most prized watering holes. Heck, Esquire named Jimbo's one of the best bars in America last year.

It's been the setting for dozens of photo shoots, films, and television shows, including Flipper, Luznar's favorite. But over the past three years, governmental forces have been putting the screws on Jimbo's, which ultimately may be the reason the place is closing down.


In 2009, after a shed caught fire, the city of Miami cut off electricity to Jimbo's. Two years later, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer arrested Jimbo's son James for selling smoked fish without a license. The charge was subsequently dropped, but the place has struggled to stay open.

According to WPLG, Jimbo's daughter Gail Araujo, who has power of attorney over her 85-year-old dad's estate, claims the place has been operating on generators since the city shut off power two years ago. She tells the TV station high gas prices has made it impossible to stay open. She says once the remaining supplies run out, Jimbo's will close.

"Most of us feel it is time to allow for my parents to retire," she said.

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32 comments
Stephen
Stephen

Jimbo's is a place like no other.  You can have a poor person sitting next to a billionaire having a beer.  You can be sitting their and have a major mag pull up for a photo shoot.  Before all the haters chime in...  The mark of a person is not how he loves, but, how people love him... The last birthday I attended their had hundreds upon hundreds there to celebrate with him.  Jimbo's is the last piece of "old" Florida, and should be preserved...

Peter Stebbins
Peter Stebbins

WHY DOES THE CITY WANT TO SHUT HIM DOWN...   GREED / MONEY !    

  Here is the story as short as I can get it:The place is beside the sewage plant and many years ago it stunk like dead raw feces.  Jimbo wanted to use this land beside the sewage for his shrimp boats. The city could not give for free so granted a 99 year lease for $1 a year.  They could not beleive he wanted to work there.Fast forward many years and sewage plant technology has made the place smell clean and fresh. So the city wants there valuable land back and has tried to shut him down for 10+ years now.  The could not legally cancel his lease so they did everything else.  He is not allowed to build, cannot open store, cannot have electricity and choked off his great location.  The city wants their valuable land  $$$$

Peter Stebbins
Peter Stebbins

Have they heard of solar panels ?  Im sure with all the connections they could create a fund for some solar panels.  Seems to me like the young daughter with power of attorney doesnt get it.     Grrr...

Also the city has been trying to shut them down forever granting no building, electricity or anything.  The greaddy city just wants their land back.  Should be squaters rights. the man homesteaded there when it smelt like the sewage plant next door..

NOOOOOOO
NOOOOOOO

Lets make a SAVE JIMBOS FUND

Niceeeee
Niceeeee

Really sucks- go ahead big city- build a nice big building there-where you can add a really big dock for a couple hundred boats- add another 2 to 3 thousand people to the area- jam up traffic-and eliminate what little charm is left. Hell you probably will add to the idiot drivers in that area the run over bike riders. What a piece of crap this town is becoming.

It's a dump.
It's a dump.

It's a dump.

Someone could get sick eating there.

anon_e_m00se
anon_e_m00se

Miami Herald is reporting that it's still open and looking for donations to stay afloat. Didn't seem to indicate that they'll shutter the place when the supplies run out. Any idea which version is correct?

notahater
notahater

Honestly, the place is pretty much a dump at this point. I don't know the whole story & have only been a few times but it seems to me if they would have kept up just a little with sanitation, trash removal & keeping to code throughout the years they wouldn't have to shut down. The world is different place than it was in 1954, for better & for worse. Every other business has to keep up, why not them? If so many people are in favor of REALLY keeping Jimbo's alive, let them organize, clean the place up, volunteer some time to bring it up to code. etc. Time to put your money where your mouth is Jimbo's fans. 

Depipi
Depipi

Really sucks... another piece of old Florida bites the dust.

J.J. Colagrande
J.J. Colagrande

I think the community would rally around a fundraiser, for operating costs, especially with the old man's birthday around the corner, unless Gail truly thinks it's time.. 

DeveloperDbags
DeveloperDbags

$$ is looking to move in and develop.  Really lame that another piece of S FL will just be paved over and cost big $ to enjoy.

Munibondz
Munibondz

what a shame, without a doubt, the coolest most unique hang out in miami.

Tengogatas
Tengogatas

But his birthday is April 15, will they still be open?

Codiferous
Codiferous

 They only sell smoked fish and beer. There are dangers to eating fish in general, take a look at any menu at any restaurant.

4sxoresand
4sxoresand

Your a pussy, go eat elsewhere. P.s you can get sick performing oral sex, has that ever stopped you?

Peter Stebbins
Peter Stebbins

The city wont allow them to keep it up withdrawing all building permits, licensing, electricity.  Why you ask?   Here is the story as short as I can get it:

The place is beside the sewage plant and many years ago it stunk like dead raw feces.  Jimbo wanted to use this land beside the sewage for his shrimp boats. The city could not give for free so granted a 99 year lease for $1 a year.  They could not beleive he wanted to work there.

Fast forward many years and sewage plant technology has made the place smell clean and fresh. So the city wants there valuable land back and has tried to shut him down for 10+ years now.  The could not legally cancel his lease so they did everything else.  He is not allowed to build, cannot open store, cannot have electricity and choked off his great location.  The city wants their valuable land  $$$$

mpc2000
mpc2000

a business has it's shelf life and if it doesn't keep up with the times, it succumbs to it

Sunburstdj
Sunburstdj

Nothing is sacred in this city.  Miami is becoming a place to Loathe.....not Love.

Fffff
Fffff

No such thing as "most" unique. Unique is binary. Either unique or not. From the Latin "unus," meaning one.

Blah
Blah

I dont know whos dick u r sucking but ive never even heard of that .. The place is a redneck trashy dump full of doucebag bikers and needs to close

mpc2000
mpc2000

maybe the place is a dump, only people in bummy ass Miami will say this...I've been there the only place I like was South Beach and after that the city looks like a fucking dump. 

Logic
Logic

Unus sounds like anus. Seems like you got two

Whatever.
Whatever.

That's a good story, but the English language is ever-evolving.  Unique has, for the last 200 years or so, more than one definition, which include "not typical" or "unusual."  As most dictionaries will agree, these definitions are subject to comparison and may be modified by words like "most."  Which is a long way of saying that perhaps you should not bother the anonymous internet commentariat with your fastidious views on diction.   

Ladyspirit926
Ladyspirit926

Hey dont have to get racial you fuckin bigget, unless you were born in a tribe you are a fuckin immigrant so you would have a seat right behind my parents to Cuba on your way back to were ever your trashy ass is from!!!! Stfu

Clem Tyrephucker
Clem Tyrephucker

 AND YOU ARE A CUM DRINKING AIDS INFESTED CUBAN CUM BAG. GO THE FUCK BACK TO CUBA

Codiferous
Codiferous

 Whatever asshole you hang out in needs to close

Codiferous
Codiferous

 If you don't live here why are you here? GTFO

Ffff
Ffff

I bet you think "irregardless" is proper, too.

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