Jimbo Luznar Doesn't Want to Forfeit Jimbo's Place After All, According to Latest Letter to City

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Remember how Jimbo Luznar, the 85-year-old founder of the bizarre Virginia Key hangout Jimbo's Place, agreed to turn the site over to the City of Miami?

Well now -- according to a letter signed by him -- he wants to keep the site in his family, to become a "green" kayak rental and active shrimping operation.

A month ago, we brought you the story of the warring siblings behind the 58-year-old landmark's closing. There were accusations among the Luznars -- Jimbo Luznar's sons and daughter -- of crack dealing, theft, and insanity.

Jimbo himself appeared to seal the place's fate when he wrote a March 15 letter to Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado asking the city to take back the site -- which is located on preserved land -- to turn it into a public park.

But Jimbo's son Bobby Luznar recently forwarded us another letter, this one dated April 2, in which Jimbo appears to rescind his offer to the city:

I do want my vision for the Jimbo's Shrimp site and business to live forever as a "Green" model site for the community. The business that will carry forward is Jimbo's Place 54. Jimbo's place will continue to serve the people of Miami on the site. Those are my wishes.

He then adds that the new business will feature a "cyclist park," rent canoes and kayaks, serve as a backdrop for films and movies, and this:

I was unaware that my son's plans include the conversion of the "shrimp shack" into a museum for all to visit. That is wonderful and I support that too.

Bobby emailed the letter to Mayor Regalado, writing in the third person:

Bobby Luznar, son of James Sr aka Jimbo's, has been told by his father to "fight for Jimbo's land as a place Miami's citizen's to gather". Bobby Luznar, independent of his siblings, has made the decision to fight to continue Jimbo's wishes.

He also added that Jimbo's Place 54 would be solar- and wind-powered, while also "maintaining [a] working shrimp boat on site."

"Stop the city now," Bobby tells Riptide. "They will ruin Jimbo's as a historical site. Why after 58 years does the city want to bulldoze the site immediately?"

He goes on to suggest that the original letter from Jimbo, asking that the city take back the land, might have been a fabrication by Bobby's sister, Gail Araujo. (That seems unlikely. Jimbo's wife, 84-year-old Ruby, told us that they had decided to give up the site.)

Jimbo is said to be suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other ailments. Araujo says her brother Bobby had his father sign the letter without reading it -- Jimbo thought it had to do with his son keeping boats at the site. "For him to have my dad sign anything while my mom is sleeping is underhanded," Araujo says, adding, "We have no say-so as to what's done with the site. We gave it away a month ago."

Yep, Bobby Luznar has an uphill battle persuading the city to let the family keep the land after Jimbo forfeited it. Even if it will be the site of a green shrimping operation.

Here's the latest letter:

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Therealswampfoot
Therealswampfoot

i wood just like to thank whoever it was that burglarized my storage containers at jimbos.NOT!!!!!!

Therealswampfoot
Therealswampfoot

then theres my brother in law,,,,,,he was in the navy,,,,,an hes talkin and says,,"you know in the navy they hav an initiation,,,,its kinad like havin a broom stick shoved up your butt .",,,,,i say " DAM,,,WTF do they do 2 ya ?!?!",,,,,he says,,," well they shove a broom stick up your ass,,,,,but they lube it up first so it aint so bad,,,,but some guys dont do it so they miss out on a lot of perks. ",,,,,,,{true story,,,cept i dont hav any sisters},,,,,,mama dont let your babies grow up to b sailors,,,,,,,

Therealswampfoot
Therealswampfoot

hey you dumb control freak bitch !!!!,,,,,,good luck in prison !!!!!,,,,,

Mtndewmanrk
Mtndewmanrk

good work bobby,keep fighting for your dads wishes,JIMBOS LIVES FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's a dump
It's a dump

Jimbo's site is disgusting. Graffiti. Garbage. Crack whores. Homeless drunks.

Close it down.

Podisottile
Podisottile

Go Jimbo.. We love you . I know you love your son for working so hard no matter how many falsehoods.

Therealswampfoot
Therealswampfoot

i knew a farmer who lost a crop,,,,,so he planted again ,,,he didnt give away the farm,,,,lioke a dumass ,,,,,,,

Albert Gonzalez
Albert Gonzalez

we now know the facts some money hunger going broke son in law wans too suck and sink OUR POPS(jimbo)my RESPECT TO ALL BUT I SAY u all suck if u was my sister i'd put u in jail 4 scamming SPECIALLY FROM FATHER? U SUCK buisness at jimbos was and will be great stop the bipolar and anti friend personality u have. GO GET A JOB u scammers and LIARS telling me personally with carlos the clown YOUR FATHER DID NOT WANT THE LAND? GET A JOB not the oldmans pride and joy and SPECIALLY ALL OUR KIDS THAT KNOW and LOVE a great GENTLEMAN,FATHER AND LOYAL BROTHER HE'S 85  and will stay alive for another 85. 

American!!!
American!!!

Sorry Jimbo this city is filled with HDICs (Head Douchebags in charge). Any plans for something "Green" go out the window when the good ole boys know they can plop a shitty ass park which costs an exceeding amount of taxpayer dollars and invite Britto to piss all over it.

anon_e_m00se
anon_e_m00se

Somehow I feel his wishes to have the valuable spot of land stay green and undeveloped will go unheeded.

Pondisottile
Pondisottile

Now from the real Pondi Sottile (Jimbos grandaughter), not one of Jennys many multiple personalities that tried to hide behind a similar name to post pure NONSENSE.  Does anyone want the real truth why Jimbos is closed?  Well 2 simple words, Jenny and Bobby.  Should we start with the thousands and thousands of dollars they have taken from Jimbo and Ruby, or about my fathers stolen credit card with 10,000 of charges (like bobby and jennys sons dental work and gym membership) just to name a few.  Or how about the 5 page threatening letter that Jenny wrote to Jimbo and family that Bobby hand delivered to Ruby.  Or should we tell everyine how Jenny has multiple personalities, was living with another guy, how their house is in foreclosure.  We did not but now they have disrespected our family enough, time the truth be told.  We the real Luznar family have tried to respect Jimbo and Ruby and the family business by keeping it in the family but unfortunately every family has a bad seed that is only out for themselves and does not care who they hurt.  Do you think that my grandmother wanted my grandfathers medical issues blasted for everyone to read, no that is family business...but my classless uncle Bobby felt it necessary to tell the press.  To all of the true Jimbos friends, please respect Jimbo and Rubys wishes and stop all the nonsense and stop listening to desperate people telling lies and hurting Jimbo and his family.

Albert Gonzalez
Albert Gonzalez

 you are a dick and bastard i PISS IN UR MOUTH PUSSY OH BY THE WAY YOUR MOTHER IS SORRY FROM BIRTH

Ubaref
Ubaref

Float back to cuba please, we have too many like you here .

Leave America!
Leave America!

Your clearly an idiot. I stand behind Jimbo's idea fully and hope it will succeed. But unfortunately find little faith in the complete idiots that run and inhibit this city. Like you my friend.

Therealswampfoot
Therealswampfoot

 he just didnt understand u,,,,,,communication breakdown always the same,,,,,

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