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From Marcia Littlejohn photo collection December 2011



    

Beach Club 1954

        

                                                                                                                                    

The Indialantic Casino was constructed on this site in 1923.  Designed by architect William Christen and developed by Herbert Earle, it became the center for social activity in the Melbourne area.  Events included a Midnight New Year’s Eve dinner, Fourth of July celebration, and the Miss Melbourne and Miss Florida Beauty Pageants of 1925. The two-story Mediterranean Revival style building offered rooms for winter guests, areas for club meetings, socials, and galas such as wedding receptions, banquets, and cotillions. In 1924 weekly rates for ocean-view room and board were $20 single, $35 double.  By 1935 the Casino operated in conjunction with the nearby fashionable Hotel Indialantic, later known as The Tradewinds. The Casino boasted shops, an Olympic-size saltwater pool, a landmark concrete diving tower and wading pools. The pool was used for training military personnel from the Banana River Naval Station in 1942.  Following a major renovation in 1942, Karl Abbott changed the name to Bahama Beach Club.  From 1949 until purchased by the town of Indialantic in 1967, it was an exclusive private club under owner Walter Rolland.  In 1970 the Indialantic Fire Department razed the storm-damaged building.


    
    
      



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