On March 15, 1965, the Officers and Board of Directors of the Floramar Cruise Club, Inc. adopted a resolution to amend the Articles of Incorporation, changing the Club’s name to Gulf Harbors Yacht Club, Inc. The new organization received its charter on April 27, 1965 and was registered with Lloyds Registry on May 5, 1965.
The Club was commissioned on June 19, 1965 with Harry Cadenhead serving as its first commodore. The Club occupied a residential type building at #16 Floramar Terrace owned by the Lindrick Corp., a subsidiary of the Henry Crown & Co., Chicago, and developers of Gulf Harbors, from 1965 to 1973. Rent was $15.00 per month plus utilities. This building was demolished in 1973 to make way for construction of the Sea Castle condominiums.
Club meetings were held in the auditorium of Clearwater Federal Savings & Loan Assn. for a short time. Then meetings and parties took place in the Gulf Harbors Civic Assn. Building until 1978. In 1972, the Lindrick Corp. offered to donate a strip of land on the North Channel in the present Gulf Harbors Beach Club Estates area.
This offer was withdrawn early in 1975, and on April 7, 1975, the company gave the Club a letter of intent to conclude our final location on the North Channel at the west end of Marine Parkway in the Gulf Harbors Woodlands Community. At a regular meeting on May 10, 1976, the membership authorized the building committee, headed by Rear Commodore Harold R. Haney, to proceed with plans for the construction of a clubhouse on the new site. With the help of many officers and members, the building was completed and commissioned on February 12, 1978.