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From an article in the Tampa Bay Times:
Starting in 1936 when Karl Kleisch – later known as Charlie Allen – began a club in his home at Disston and Central.
Gulfport Yacht Club later met in a World War I building at the Gulfport Basin next to the smoldering city dump.
The basin had two mangrove islands with a resident alligator. When the islands were dredged, it attracted sand sharks. One man speared 120 sharks in an afternoon.