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Neighborhood Profile: Pasadena Yacht and Country Club, Gulfport

Bob and Carol Beth Angle, high school sweethearts who reconnected later in life, found the perfect lot for their waterfront home. The 6,000-square-foot house, which was built in 2001, ended up being not far from where they grew up.
Published Oct. 16, 2015

GULFPORT

It's like a script from one of those old romantic movies.

It was the 1960s. They were high school sweethearts at Boca Ciega High School. He was two years ahead of her. He lived in Pass-a-Grille; she in the southwest corner of St. Petersburg. She was a cheerleader; he was a football player. They were in love.

But then, Bob Angle graduated and went away to college to the University of Florida in Gainesville. Distance made the relationship too hard to maintain. They went their separate ways, marrying others and having families.

Twenty years after he graduated from high school, Bob Angle, now divorced, learned that the mother of his high school sweetheart, Carol Beth Calbeck, now a widow, had died. He sent flowers. They talked, re-established their relationship and, seven years later, got married.

She lived in a house in Tampa. He lived in a condo on the water in Madeira Beach. For years, they lived in both houses, waiting to find just the right waterfront lot on which to build their one home together.

In 1999, Bob and Carol Beth Angle bought a lot on the water in Pasadena Yacht and Country Club and built their dream house. It took two years to complete — Bob, a commercial building contractor, was overseeing the project — but the couple got everything they were looking for.

It has an open floor plan with Carol Beth's favorite spot in the house, the large custom kitchen anchoring one side of the space. The living room, eating area and large screened-in balcony flow out from it.

There are views of the bay from every room.

There's a butler's pantry — used only during the holidays, Carol Beth said, smiling impishly at her husband who, no doubt, has questioned its necessity once or twice.

There are custom angles and alcoves for their art collection.

There's an elevator. Built to increase resale value more than to use, the elevator has become an integral part of their home, used as a laundry, grocery and elderly dog lift.

The only gated golf club waterfront community in Pinellas County, the 400-acre PYCC remains one of the beach area's hidden gems. (Although considerably less hidden now as work continues on a new main entrance.)

Two gated entrances manned 24 hours a day lead to the neighborhood's 630 single-family homes, the townhomes and condominiums in the three-story Kipps Colony buildings and in the two high-rise towers in Pelican Bay Plaza.

Realtor Linda Cooley, who has lived in the neighborhood for 16 years, said, "We didn't even realize the community existed, but saw the homes from the water and decided to 'find' it. Once we found it, other areas just didn't seem as interesting."

The members-only golf course, designed by Wayne Stiles and renovated by Arnold Palmer, has a long history. It was once used by guests at the Rolyat Hotel, which is now Stetson Law School.

There are several levels of club membership available to interested residents who can also buy or lease boat slips in the 82-slip deepwater yacht basin.

Contact Patti Ewald at pagewald@hotmail.com.

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