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!”
Punta Gorda on the Rise
Punta Gorda Lights Up the Night
At the lighting of Fishermen’s Village, Santa Clause & The Grinch were in attendance, a huge crowd of Holiday revelers, and over 1M lights kicked off the Holiday Season. Kudos to the City of Punta Gorda with all the beautiful lighted wreaths & snowflakes throughout downtown and PGI. The downtown Christmas Tree is always an awesome treat!
City Council Election
Congratulations to Nancy Prafke on her second term as Mayor and Lynne Matthews as Vice Mayor. Recently re-elected, Mrs. Prafke will serve 2 more years on the Council, this year as mayor. Mrs. Matthews serves this year on the Council, up for re-election next year.
Emanne Beasha’s mini-EP, "A Christmas Wish", to be released Friday, November 29th
Local singer-favorite and semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent, Emanne Beasha, has signed a record contract with Decca Records (Universal Music Group). A full orchestra backs her on “Ave Maria,” “O Holy Night” and “All I want for Christmas is You.”
Charlotte County residents opened their hearts & homes to 53 rescued “puppy mill dogs”
When a Tampa puppy mill was shuttered and 200+ dogs & cats were seized, the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County offered to take some of the harder-to-place dogs; older, some with health issues. Our community stepped up and adopted all the dogs into loving homes in 3 days.
The premier flight school in the nation opens here at Punta Gorda Airport
AeroGuard Flight Training Center, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, offers its premier Pilot Pathway Program, in partnership with SkyWest Airlines, to provide students with a direct path from flight school to employment as a commercial airline pilot. Airline industry projections show that over 790,000 new pilots will be needed over the next 20 years.
Punta Gorda Airport Wins Statewide Marketing Award
Punta Gorda Airport won Bronze for Creativity in Public Relations at the 19th Annual Flagler Awards for its Destination Spotlights campaign. Each Destination Spotlight shows an insider’s view of what to do at each of the 45 places that Allegiant Airline flies to from PGD. The goal of the campaign, according to Kaley Miller, is to promote tourism for Florida & travel between airports.
School Board approves 2019-2023 Strategic Plan for Learning
It is based on four pillars of success – Stakeholder Partnerships, Standards Aligned Instruction, Results focused professional development, and College Career Ready Graduates. The goal is to increase student achievement by at least two percentage points this school year, which would make Charlotte County Public Schools an A-rated district.
Punta Gorda Post Office has the “A-Team” in Stamp Sales
Breast Cancer Awareness Stamps are sold during October to raise breast cancer research funds. Eileen Dimase, at the Punta Gorda P.O., was the top seller in the nation for the 2nd year in a row, selling more than $36.7k worth. Also, the PG Post Office was the top seller in the nation, with $48k in sales. They all deserve a round of applause when we go into our local Post Offices!
Crossing Alligator Creek to be Safe for All
The “Florida SUN” (Shared-Use Non-motorized) Trail system will be completing the pedestrian/cyclist bridge over North Fork Alligator Creek in early 2020. The project is part of Punta Gorda’s vision to connect communities via non-motorized vehicles. This bridge corrects a safety issue and finishes another leg of the 18-mile pathway.
Meals on Wheels of Charlotte County is 50 Years Old
This much needed charity started out serving 7,800 meals annually and has grown to over 41,600 meals served per year. Seniors, the disabled and anyone unable to prepare their own meals is served by volunteers. Another great example of our community coming together to help each other.
Record Attendance at the Air Show in Punta Gorda Nov 1-3
Thanks to the USAF Thunderbirds, an estimated 75,000 people attended the 38th Annual Florida International Air Show. Weekend visitors filled area hotels, restaurants & shops. Economic impact is estimated to be $8 – $12 million dollars spent in Charlotte County due to the record attendance.
Kudos to Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau for winning an award for its innovative campaign work in tourism marketing (eTourism Summit Excellence Award) from Expedia Group Media Solutions. The bureau’s campaign, “Outsiders Welcome,” also earned an award for best use of video.
A County of Neighborhoods
Charlotte County is comprised of neighborhoods of citizens that care. Example: When Rotonda West Yacht Club recently asked, dozens of volunteers showed up to clean all 23 miles of their canals this year. Good for the ecological environment and for the community in general.
Courtesy of Air Shot Aces Drone Photography.