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Jimbo's Closing For Good? Noooooooo!!!

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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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