City of Miami Saves “Jimbo’s”

MIAMI (AP) _ The city of Miami has taken over a ramshackle bar that served as a backdrop to movies and TV shows such as  ‘Flipper” for nearly 60 years.

City Manager Johnny Martinez said Monday that he’s ordered the Virginia Key site of Jimbo’s closed and secured.

Shrimper James “Jimbo” Luznar opened his namesake bait shack and watering hole in 1954.

The bar’s off-the-grid ambiance was popular with locals, tourists and filmmakers who knew where to look for it beside a mangrove lagoon.

Martinez said the city was honoring a request from Luznar’s daughter, Gail Araujo, who has power of attorney for Luznar.

Jimbo’s ran on generator power after 2009 electrical fire prompted the city to cut off its power.

Araujo says the costs of running the business have gotten too high.