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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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Let’s Celebrate Charlotte County’s 100th
2021 is the 100th anniversary of Charlotte County, having been carved out of DeSoto County on April 23, 1921. Some links to enjoy the #CharlotteCounty100 celebrations:
Unity for Area Businesses
Your Punta Gorda Chamber continues to work toward building area business. The Chamber is a non-partisan organization with an all-party, all-persuasion Board dedicated to improving our area’s commercial environment through networking with all businesses and by focusing on programs that bring vacationers, day-trippers, new residents and new business owners to the area.
Iguanaland coming to Punta Gorda
Reptile superstar Ty Park, reptile enthusiast and collector, plans to open Iguanaland this summer on Bermont Road in Punta Gorda. He hopes the reptile zoo will have the world’s largest collection of reptiles and amphibians.
Allegiant Airline announces new route
In May, Allegiant will fly from PGD / Punta Gorda direct to Baltimore/Washington DC’s Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Booking has started already, with sale pricing in June. From BWI, it’s a quick 35-minute trip on the MARC/Amtrak right into the heart of DC. Or the MTA/Light Rail from BWI to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area.
Charlotte County Schools in the news
The 2020 graduation rate for Charlotte County reached 90.4%, exceeding all previous years and surpassing the FL state average of 90%. This is an increase of 4% over 2019, and represents a concerted effort by students, teachers, staff and leadership teams.
Our School District rank improves
The Charlotte County School District’s ranking improved 10 places, from 35th to 25th in the state of FL in 2020. Kudos to the District for “high intention, sincere effort, and deliberate, skillful execuion of goal-setting and vision.”
Tarpon Girls Basketball is rocking it!
Punta Gorda Charlotte HS Girls basketball team ranks 1st in the area and 31st across the state of FL coming into the final stretch of the season. The Tarpons and the Indians (Venice, #90 in FL) are the only 2 area teams in the top-100 for the state. Congrats!! Keep up the great work!!
Real Estate Listings are Down because...
Sales are UP in Nov 2020, compared to Nov 2019! In fact, sales are 43% higher than Nov 2019. Contracts waiting to close are up 49% YOY, not typical for this time of year. The median home price is 11% higher than last year. And 40% of properties closed in Nov had been on the market less than 10 days. Thanks to Della Booth, of Time Realty Services and former Chamber President, for providing your report.
7th Annual Punta Gorda Film Festival going Retro
Put on by the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach VCB, Asbury Shorts/USA, and hosted by your Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, the 2021 Film Fest will take place on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 as a Retro Drive-in at City Market Place, it was announced today by Executive Producer, Nanette Leonard. Tickets are $20.00 pp; please call the Chamber office to purchase.
Charlotte County 2020 gross sales increased
With extra cash in their pockets, Floridians resumed shopping in May, 2020 after the April shutdown. January through August: While the state averaged a loss of 4.3%, Charlotte County saw an amazing 8.1% INCREASE in gross sales compared to the same time period in 2019! Gains were seen in groceries & homes & boat sales, which increased 50%! (General merchandise sales held steady, restaurants experienced large losses)
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.
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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