Marina Bay as it looked in the 1970's. The logo in the photo is the original Marina Bay logo.
A piece of Fort Lauderdales's History
In the 1970’s – 80’s, Marina Bay was the playground of the rich and famous with Alfred Bloomingdale and Bill McComas heading a private club with a roster of 6,000 names including such famous members as Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan, Burt Reynolds, Paul Newman, Kenny Rogers, Evil Knievel to name a few. With a 10,000 square foot restaurant called the New River Storehouse, 40 exotic floating houseboat hotel rooms docked at the edge of Marina Bay’s famous 200 slip marina. Marina Bay personified the glamorous, luxurious South Florida lifestyle. In addition to being a favorite haunt of celebrities, Marina Bay was home to the Surfside 6 floating houseboats that were seen on the TV series Flipper. Houseboats that were built on the Marina Bay site and looked out over the hour-long wait at the restaurant, a wait that occurred every night of the week.
In addition to the New River Storehouse restaurant and floating hotel rooms, the club had a beautiful pool and deck, patio bars and a nightclub.
Today, the Marina at Marina Bay is still regarded as one of the finest marina’s in Fort Lauderdale.