HISTORIC NAPLES YACHT CLUB UNDERGOES $10-MILLION MAKEOVER ENHANCING ITS STATUS AMONG TOP YACHT CLUBS IN AMERICA
NAPLES, FL. – Naples Yacht Club, the first and oldest private club in Naples, announced that it is achieving a multi-million-dollar club renovation and expansion. The project, which began in 2018, is anticipated for completion during the middle of this year.
Located at the south end of 14th Avenue South in the Aqualane Shores section of Naples, the Naples Yacht Club was founded in 1947 by three friends – Stephen Briggs, Benny Morris and John Glen Sample. Today, the Club has more than 550 members and ranks sixth among the Top Yacht Clubs in America, according to Platinum Clubs of America.
The $10-million restoration will completely update the clubhouse that was originally built on the site in 1960. The enhancements will maximize views of Naples Bay and offer members expanded opportunities to enjoy outdoor dining and cocktails. The club also will be able to accommodate larger groups of up to 350 people for private functions.
“This extensive renovation is the culmination of more than two years of strategic planning, with member surveys and discussions to ensure that the Naples Yacht Club remains among the top destination clubs in America,” said James R. Lozelle, Commodore for the Naples Yacht Club. “With these latest improvements, the Naples Yacht Club will be the best waterfront dining experience in Naples.”
The expanded Naples Yacht Club will feature a two-story clubhouse with full-service boat slips situated right on Naples Bay. A portion of the original building was torn down and is currently being replaced. The remainder of the building is being modified to include a new gathering lounge and expanded bar along with more terrace dining. A corner stairwell on the exterior has been removed to greatly enhance waterfront views.
The interior design of the clubhouse was inspired by a historical mural by local artist Paul Arsenault. The mural is painted in three sections depicting Gordon River Pass with an old Texaco sign and covered boathouses; another perspective of Gordon River Pass showing the boathouses and three sailboats; and the old city docks and old Naples Yacht Club.
“This fabulous piece of art reflects the club’s unique history and heritage in Naples,” said Mike Mooney, General Manager for Naples Yacht Club. “We have decided to relocate the mural to various rooms within the new clubhouse so that no matter where you are in the new clubhouse, you will have a view of one of the wonderful scenes in the mural.”
The project general contractor is D. Garrett Construction, which has worked on several of the most distinctive private clubs in Southwest Florida. The architect is Peacock + Lewis.