Jimbo's Place: City of Miami Orders The Site Closed To The Public

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Jimbo was never too busy for an autograph.
You weren't holding out hope that the City of Miami was going to delay closing Jimbo's Place, were you? The city ordered the property closed to the public yesterday. It might take Miami workers months to fix that pothole in front of your house, but best believe they're eager to seize Jimbo's Virginia Key land that they've wanted to take back for decades.

Founder Jimbo Luznar's family will be allowed to access the property to collect "mementos and the family's personal belongings," according to a statement from the city: "City officials are appreciative of the Luznar family and are working in conjunction with them prior to the clean-up of the site."

As we detailed Friday, the venerable, pseudo-lawless bocce-and-smoked-fish hangout is closing amid an epic Luznar family feud that has seen one brother commit another for mental illness and an excessive a love of tequila.

Some of the Luznars were planning a final blow-out at Jimbo's. It doesn't look like that's going to happen now.

Here's the city's statement:

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22 comments
Claude Raw Glam
Claude Raw Glam

This is sad news, what am I gonna do now to escape the cityscape of concrete that is everywhere down here. This place was awesome to make me feel like I was on some Island away from urban civilization but yet only a few minutes away from it. Dose anybody knows an other place like this in South Florida?Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/201...

Bret Pendlebury
Bret Pendlebury

i bet the city just wants to build more skyscrapers there. its too bad we cant keep anything unique like jimbo's around. its all about the $$$ to the city.

Corovio
Corovio

How sad! It might have been a shack but it was fun and relaxing! I loved my cold beer and some smoked fish after a bike ride... as a photographer, Jimbo's will be missed dearly. At least some of my clients had the opportunity to not only experience such a unique place but to also have beautiful pictures!

J Alvarez
J Alvarez

Now the Cuban Mafia running the City of Miami can give the site to campaign contributors of elected officials.

Dan L
Dan L

THIS IS MIAMI!!!!  It is a part of the city I grew up in, the city my Dad grew up in, the city my children will grow up in.  Where will their Jimbo's be?  There aren't may places left like this in South Florida and albeit the State or Country.  Closest to Jimbo's is probably some shack in the Caribbean.

Doesn't our City have an obligation to protect the places we hold dear in our hearts an memories?  Places of great historical and sentimental meaning... The apathy of citizens along with the corruption Miami is known for is our downfall.  The Orange Bowl was a historic landmark, I don't care what you say.  Obviously the city doesn't either because they never asked citizens come election time what we thought yet sold our bonds to finance a stadium that could have been paid or privately financed by the team. 

Miami Beach understands the importance of protecting, maintaining and revitalizing our unique Historic Architecture, amid an ever changing and growing landscape.  I feel like it's only a matter of time before city & zoning are wooed by some fat cat developer and start writing permits for the "redevelopment" (demolishing) of the Olympia Theater or say Trinity Episcopal Cathedral to build some new monstrous highrise.  No place is sacred in vice city...

The bureaucrats we so eagerly elect don't give a shit about the interests of the people.  They're much too busy being courted and lobbied by corporate interest.  I think there motto is "we've got a business to run here."  Where's the sense of civic responsibility?  Where's the sense of protecting the Miami natives and our parents and their parents remember? 

Somewhere amidst the shuffle thoughts and ideals like this were lost.  I think in large part this is due to the fact that most of the elected officials aren't natives, they weren't born here.  Didn't grow up and enjoy the culture and wonder of the Miami that was... It's sad.  It hurts that I won't be able to share many of the places I enjoyed in life with my children.  I guess in part I feel guilty for not being more active and preserving the wonderful city I'm from.

J.J. Colagrande
J.J. Colagrande

One last birthday party would've been fitting . . .

 . . . to go out on a high note . . .

LBK
LBK

Reading the statement it looks to me like it's the family asking the city and not the city acting on its own.

Tojo
Tojo

oh please. this is example of misplaced nostalgia and indignation. the place is just plain gross. overrun with vermin, cats, flies, curious and bored visitors. 

lost its charm years and years ago. smoked fish became inedible, which was the last straw. 

yes, i still take my out of town visitors there by boat, b/c they have heard of it and want to go. they all same the same exact thing: wtf, who cares.

move on folks, nothing to see here.

Suom
Suom

and the  REAL reason  is?

MiamiestaDepipi
MiamiestaDepipi

Well, it was fun while it lasted.... I guess it'll host yet another overpriced piece of garbage restaurant or high rise for the foreign investors.

We can only hope City of Miami indeed does use it as a park...

SameDifference
SameDifference

Partying at the spot where it was wouldn't be much different than partying there now, just missing a few shacks...

Ronald
Ronald

 Lets see how many vote for a mayor who likes to kill history and memories.. Take the very LAST slice of REAL Florida left in the state of Florida. Talk about cutting roots that will make many people who know and love this land to cry and wonder when does it end? Perhaps it could end with the Mayor... Be a man step up or you will lose more votes than you can imagine!!!!

City Fellowship Of Bird Watchers23,000 STRONG

Glidia

Robert A. Burr
Robert A. Burr

The city did seem awfully quick to respond, but the real issue is the relationship between the boys who've been there -- literally, all their lives  -- shrimping that place, and the sister who's scared of liability issues that might affect her parents savings. It's too bad Jimbo himself never weighed in on the issue publicly.

Pvt_plt
Pvt_plt

I feel the same and I was not born in this country.

Robert A. Burr
Robert A. Burr

yes, one last birthday party and a little retirement ceremony would have been appropriate

Corovio
Corovio

I sure hope they don't put some overpriced piece of garbage there.....

Marleyfox
Marleyfox

There has been liabilities from the beginning. What changed???

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