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Welcome to Punta Gorda
The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce invites you to explore our city and discover why Punta Gorda has continuously been chosen as one of the best places to live!
“A friendly community with a remarkable past and an exciting future.”
We invite you to share with us a little of the incredible charm of this historic, yet thriving, small city. Nestled on the shores of Charlotte Harbor in sunny Southwest Florida, it is rapidly becoming the IN destination for visitors, residences and businesses alike. You will also find an abundance of local information in our Friday Facts newsletter, where you will find all of our members’ events and promotions. <Click Here for a Calendar of Events>
“A small city with a very big heart welcomes you! IT’S HAPPENING ON THE HARBOR!”
The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce follows all relevant COVID-19 protocols.
Punta Gorda on the Rise
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Small Businesses offering Big Discounts
Most small business are offering “Small Business Saturday” sales all week (or month long) instead of one big sale on one day. Our local businesses are doing a great job at keeping their stores clean and safe! So, remember to Shop Local and support our local economy. About 65% of money spent at a small business stays within the local community.
City of Punta Gorda receives award
Punta Gorda received 2nd place in the 2020 Digital Cities Survey, hosted by the Center for Digital Government, for cities up to 75,000 in population. Up from 8th place in 2019 and the highest ranking for all FL cities in this category. The Survey recognizes cities using technology to tackle social challenges, enhance services, strengthen cybersecurity, and more.
Charlotte County highest voter turn-out since 1992!
In the 2020 general election, 76.95% of Charlotte County residents voted. The last time the voter turn-out was over 76% was in 1992 (Clinton vs Bush) when 78.89% of voters came out to vote in the General Elections.
Allegiant Houston & Chicago Routes
Starting Nov. 20, you can fly twice weekly seasonal routes from PGD/Punta Gorda Airport to Houston Hobby AND Chicago Midway! These new nonstop routes mark Allegiant’s first flight from PGD into the great state of Texas, and will connect thousands of Chicago residents to our sunny beaches and outdoor paradise.
Nine-hundred homes in less than 3 years
Even amidst the pandemic, the Babcock Ranch development’s robust home sales have continues to rise, up 50% this year alone, for a total of 900 homes since startup less than three years ago. It’s a 73% year-over-year increase. Ideal-LIVING named the development the nation’s “Best Eco-Friendly Community.” New residents are drawn by sustainability and community, incorporating completeness in residential, recreation, retail and dining and professional opportunity, all within walkable spaces. Babcock Ranch’s ultimate goal is 50,000 residents.
Lost Lagoon Development has just closed on a $3 million loan from Kennedy Funding for the acquisition of the 101.45 acres of land for the future home to Arredondo Pointe, a development that will transform the area. Including the Lost Lagoon-branded hotel and 45-acre water park, Arredondo Pointe will offer a multi-level golfing facility, retail shops, restaurants, convention center, arts venues and cultural and historic spaces. It aspires to be an inviting walkable downtown that will lure people “over the bridge” to dine, shop, play and enjoy an array of arts.
The Farmers Market is "Growing Back"
The PG Farmers Market continues to grow each week as the season progresses and the community is cautiousisly optimistic but careful about adding back more and more vendors. The Market hopes to be back to full capacity by the first of the year 2021.
Real Estate Report
Charlotte County residential sales are 40% higher than September 2019; from 464 sales in 2019 to this year’s 649 sales. Median home prices are 13% higher than September 2019! Contracts waiting to close (1053)are up 61% YOY, again not a typical number for September. These have the momentum to make both October and November strong months. From Della Booth of Time Realty Services
Upcoming Seasonal Events are different and creative
- Sullivan Street Craft Fair back on Nov 28 & 29. More spaced out, masks required – but back in time for the Holidays!
- Drive-in movies every Thurs night starting Dec 3, Bal Harbor Plaza. 1st film: The Sound of Music, sound and music coming to your car via FM Radio. (Register thru the Chamber, coming soon)
- PG Isles Civic Association offers 20% off the rental of their rooms for family events through the Holidays. (Think larger space than your home to socially distance all your guests)
- Fishermens Village famous Holiday Lights are going up! No opening ceremony this year but the lights will be extraordinary.
- Peace River Botanical Gardens will host “Gardens Aglow” again this year
- Don’t forget to reserve your Christmas Light Cruise early with Kingfisher Fleet, always a treat!
The City is Growing
Congratulations to two businesses whose properties have recently been annexed into the City limits. Nino’s Bakery & Restaurant and U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer, both on Cooper Street Ext., requested annexation last year. The process, slowed by COVID shutdowns, is now complete.
Boat Industry Continues Big Growth
While boating sales and the chartering industry declined in March-May, when Florida re-opened, boating has been on a strong and steady increase in sales growth. Area brokers, boat surveyors and charter services report healthy sales this past July/August (year over year) and predict a good Season.
Local Business Supporting Local Businesses
Business owners in Charlotte County can support area businesses by posting about each other. A shout-out on Facebook does as much to lift your own business as it does for others. The PG Chamber continues to post and promote to lift all. We will bounce back, stronger than ever!
The City wins an American Public Works Association Projects of the Year Award
Each year, APWA presents these awards to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects, recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the contractor, the consultant, and their cooperative achievements. The City of Punta Gorda won the category of Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair, $25 million-$75 million for the Seawall Recover Project after Hurricane Irma. Kudos!
Punta Gorda Airport continues its $6-million renovation
Renovation and relocation of the general aviation area continues with the help of an additional $24-million in CARES funding. The current project will free up space for development of commercial aviation, helping to kick start growth in avionics and aerospace, with flight school opportunities as well.
Our commitment to diversity and representation for all
In these difficult times in this country, we, at the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, want to express our very own commitment to diversity and representation for all. Regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation and religion, our membership is open to ALL. We work towards total inclusion and integration of our business community, with zero judgement of any individual business or person. Our Chamber is a family, made up of a wide range of social sectors and we never discriminate. United and diversified, we work better together for the good of our businesses and our community at large.
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