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Jack Bodziak on losing Jannus Landing: 'I've had a great 12 years'



Jannus Landing is on the verge of getting a new operator and, maybe, new life.

"We're finalizing negotiations to lease the properties to a new operator," said the property owner's attorney, Jonathan Damonte.

That means the end of John C. "Jack" Bodziak's troubled tenure as operator of one of Tampa Bay's most popular — but lately empty — concert venues.

"I've had a great 12 years owning and operating Jannus Landing," said Bodziak, 37. "I hope the public appreciates the thousands of shows that I brought to downtown St. Pete the last decade."

Jeff Knight, 47, owner of Knight Enterprises, is poised to take over the downtown landmark and surrounding bars, Damonte said.

Knight told tbt* last week that he envisions a new Jannus Landing taking the place of the old one: a new stage with a new roof; better sound and lighting; increasing capacity by 500 to 2,000; adding a tiki bar, new bathrooms and VIP suites; renovating Detroit Liquors and replacing the Tamiami Bar with a high-end sushi joint.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:14pm]


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