Jimbo's Sad Letter to Tomas Regalado: "I Would Like to Give the Site Back to the City of Miami"

Categories: News

jimbo's.jpg
Here is the nail in the coffin of Jimbo's, Miami's weirdest bar which has existed in a state of quasi-legality for almost six decades.

We couldn't believe it when we heard that founder Jimbo Luznar's daughter was exercising her power of attorney over the ailing 85-year-old man to close the Virginia Key joint. And we wondered if Jimbo was on board.

According to a letter he signed and sent to Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado yesterday, he is indeed resigned to the closing.

There's something of Lou Gehrig's "luckiest man on the face of the earth" speech in this letter, which we obtained from the city.

"The time has come for me to retire from operating Jimbo's, as I am no longer able to be on the site on a day to day basis," it reads. "I would like to give the site back to the City of Miami to become a City park for public use."

He added that the family "would like some remembrance left at the site for future generations to keep the memory of Jimbo's alive."

And then the man who battled the city for decades to keep his bizarre beer-fish-and-bocce haven open on protected land does something crazy, and gracious. He thanks the municipality for "supporting a unique Miami attraction, Jimbo's."

Here's the letter:

jimboletter.JPG
Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Location Info

Venue

Map

Jimbo's - CLOSED

4201 SE Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL

Category: General

My Voice Nation Help
19 comments
Sort: Newest | Oldest
Rats galore
Rats galore

Garbage, graffiti, crack, drunken rednecks...City of Miami let's this dump stay open. Why?

Neil's ghost
Neil's ghost

End of another Miami institution. Probably get turned into a museum of banana boats and rubber rafts to please the current locals.

It's a dump
It's a dump

Who let this redneck destroy a nature preserve?

Therealswampfoot
Therealswampfoot

 the problem iz not jimbos ,,,,its the ppl who sneak in to go fishin or what ever and dont hav the decency to take their trash out with them when they leave,,,,,pigs iz what i call em,,,,,,,my daddy had onother name  ,,,,sorry assholes,,,,,like the ppl who dumped all the shit next door,,,,,,,,,hey,,,,,,i gotta name 4 the place ,,,,call it "RADON PARK",,,,,

fishy
fishy

take a dump on yourself

Garjr68
Garjr68

Wow another end to something good.Thank you Jimbo for all the good times throught out all these years...... :( 

Csampedro69
Csampedro69

This place gave me some of the best memories ever. It will be missed I hope they keep it as a historic property and keep the bar open? Thanks Jimbo for all the good times and smoked fish!!

Another giveaway
Another giveaway

Tomas Regalado is probably trying to give the site to one of his Cuban friends for another no rent deal.

Merrimompi
Merrimompi

yes, i wondered if they changed the name to 'jose's' if they might have been able to stay....

Dayanaacosta91
Dayanaacosta91

why does it have to be all about racism jimbo loved people af all walks of life for you to tarnish his image with your racist coments...by the way you hick we put miami on the map before us all there was where trailer parks in wich you lived........

PGONTV
PGONTV

Thanks Jimbo. You are a true Miami Legend.

Robert A. Burr
Robert A. Burr

yes, Sunday, April 15 will be Jimbo's 85th birthday party and retirement ceremony from noon to 6pm at Jimbo's Place at the end of the road in Virginia Key. You might have to bring your own beer, rum punch, etc and a bite to eat, plus a little something for Jimbo as a parting present.

here's the link to the Jimbo's Documentary: http://www.jimbosthedocumentar...

Brian Breslin
Brian Breslin

they said operating licenses expire end of march. might interfere with his birthday party

Tuezdey
Tuezdey

When and where :( this spot will be missed and has many memories of joy to leave behind

Fred
Fred

Seriously? It's going to be at the airport radison. Be there around 8. We'll be looking out for you.

DoItRight
DoItRight

Yes PUBLIC USE please.   Don't let Miami criminals give away more of OUR resources to developers for their use to make $$.   Hopefully this is all a very transparent process and I know there will be backlash over funny business...

Biggggg
Biggggg

Stfu asshat

G1B
G1B

SUCK D1CK AND D1E YOU F@G!

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...