Major Renovations for Historic St.Andrews Bay Yacht Club

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PANAMA CITY- Panama City commissioners approved some major renovation plans for the St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club.

The actual clubhouse, which opened in the late 1930's, recently underwent a $300,000 renovation.

Members say it's now time to concentrate on the boating facilities.

The historic dock at St. Andrews Yacht Club is getting a makeover.

"I think it's a good investment for our community and it's part of a bridge fabric we have in Bay County," said Richard Dodd, Saint Andrews Yacht Club Vice Commodore.

The current dock was built in 1965.

Yacht club officials say its replacement is a priority.

"After 48 years of service, the dock is tired. It's got some structure issues and we just want to be proactive and replace it," said Dodd.

The current dock is wooden and has 15 boat slips.

The new one will be a floating cement dock that can accommodate 17 boats.

"The good news is it's going to last for generations to come, so we are very excited about that," said Dodd.

H.G Harders construction company is handling the half million dollar project.

"They are very experienced. They're a local firm and they will do an exceptional job," said Dodd.

Yacht club officials say they still need to secure a few other permits before the work can begin.

The project is expected to begin in the fall.

The St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club is home to the candler regatta each year.