Five years after completing the largest renovation in its decades-long history, The Beach Club is moving forward with additional improvements.
At its development review meeting May 11, the Town Council unanimously voted to grant zoning approvals for a renovation and expansion of the private club’s first-floor kitchen and upper level terrace.
The renovations will add 434 square feet to the interior kitchen by taking over two existing cabanas and the portion of covered walkway in front, said Isaac Campos, an architect with Peacock + Lewis, the project’s North Palm Beach-based architect.
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Plans also call for the removal and replacement of the existing awning over the club’s exterior temporary buffet area. Those changes would add 425 square feet to the upper level terrace, Campos told council members.
An awning cover then would be placed over the entire terrace.
A demand for more dining on the second-floor terrace prompted The Beach Club to expand it, Campos said.
Council members expressed support for those plans.
“I think, especially in the era of COVID where people want now to eat outside more, it’s an appropriate addition to this particular area,” Mayor Danielle Moore said. “I think it’s lovely.”
The Architectural Commission unanimously approved the project last month.
The Beach Club, at 755 N. County Road, underwent its last major renovation in 2017, though smaller projects were initiated in the years that followed.
As part of a $6 million project that was completed in February 2017, the club replaced its pool, refurbished its pool deck, and added an outdoor pavilion, bar and dining area, and water feature for kids.
Two years later, the club added new locker rooms and a state-of-the art fitness center; renovated its main lobby, gallery, and library; and restored classic member spaces on the second floor, including the Ocean Room, Ocean Lounge, Garden Terrace, and adjacent grand hallway.
The Beach Club dates back to 1947, when businessman and resort owner Jack Mitchell built the Coral Beach Club on an oceanfront parcel opposite the Palm Beach Country Club.
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The three-story structure, which featured a large swimming pool and private cabanas on three sides, was designed by famed architect John Volk.
The facility was razed in 1969 after Mitchell sold it, and rebuilt the following year. Volk also designed the new structure, which was renamed The Beach Club.
The club offers a clubhouse, pool, beach, croquet, tennis, and dining, social, and entertainment activities for members, their families, and guests.
For information, contact 561-863-5500 or TheBeachClub@thebeachclub.net
Jodie Wagner is a journalist at the Palm Beach Daily News, part of the USA TODAY Florida Network. You can reach her at email@example.com. Help support our journalism. Subscribe today.