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Bal Harbour, Florida (U.S.)

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[Flag of Bal Harbour, Florida] image located by Al Kirsch

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The town letterhead looks exactly like the flag. While not too readable in the photo I took, the flag reads "Bal Harbour, Florida's Paradise". There's a palm tree between the a and the r in "Harbour". The British spelling (vs U.S. "Harbor") means they can charge higher rents.
Al Kirsch, 6 March 2002

Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands and Surfside form a single ZIP (postal) code and school district.
Al Kirsch, 6 March 2002

Bal Harbour Club

[Flag of Bal Harbour Club, Florida] image by Al Kirsch, 29 May 2005

The pennant/burgee of the Bal Harbour Club, Bal Harbour, FL. To my knowledge they are not a yacht club, though they do have property on the bay side of our little island to which I am not privy and may have a marina there. However, the attached flag does not seem to be at any web sites found in my cursory search.

The design is rather nice: the black triangles form a stylized "B" (note they should meet at a point) and the white next to red suggests (to me) the code flag for "H", giving "BH". I do not know if that last subtlety was on the designer's mind, however. If redrawn, the white star should be smaller and the red a tad darker. I clipped the star from another image.
Al Kirsch, 28 March 2002

Bal Harbour Club burgee, after Lloyd's

[Flag of Bal Harbour Club, Florida] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 6 October 2011

I see Lloyd's Register of American Yachts 1963 [lloXX] has an entry for the Bal Harbour Club:
Bal Harbour Club, Est. 1945
Com. Harry A. Brown
V. C. C. G. Fuller
R. C. Joseph Hoover
Fleet Capt. A. J. Klicka
Fleet Surg. René A. Torrado, M.D. [e']
Treas. & Sec. William J. Heim, Jr.

10201 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour 54, Fla.
Club House: 200 Bal Bay Dr., Bal Harbor Village,
Miami Beach, Fla.
Tel. UN 6-4323

The first one being their current address, the other being the street ending at the basin. I've quoted that to show that they really were a yacht club at the time, whatever they are now. But when I then turn to the burgee, Lloyd's does show it with blue triangles. They also draw the star about 1/4th smaller, but I'm not sure Al still had such a change in mind.

Using Google locates one other image, also with blue triangles:"bal+harbour"+%2Bburgee

I attach an drawing after Lloyd's. They have only one shade of red and of blue, and use 2:3 for all flags. But it has a smaller star, and the inside of the B is blue. At the least, it'll show the confusion.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 6 October 2011