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
Happy Memorial Day
We commemorate all who died while serving in military service for the United States. Started to honor Civil War soldiers in 1865 in the South and 1868 in the North, Pres. Johnson made it a federal holiday in 1967, honoring all American military lost. And, how do Americans observe it? By flying the American flag, celebrating with ceremonies, parades and parties.
Punta Gorda Library had their official ground-breaking!
After a year of ground preparation, the building of the new Library has started. Friends of the Library CEO Katie Mazzi says, “The new library will open in the Summer of 2019.”
Charlotte High School, 3rd place in Florida State Competition
The Charlotte High School Mock Trial Team, representing the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, placed third at the State of Florida High School Mock Trial Championship in Orlando on March 17, 2018. Their coach, CHS teacher David Riley, was honored with the Ed Lange Legacy Award.
Excellence at State Science Fair
Congratulations to Ryan from L.A. Ainger High School who received a 4th place award in the Florida State Science Fair competition, Junior Division: Chemistry Category. Also advancing to State was Andrew from L.A. Ainger and Gage from Charlotte High School.
Punta Gorda is a “Florida Bike-Friendly Community”
Up to 31 miles of trails throughout the City of Punta Gorda provide residents and visitors enjoyable and challenging bicycle rides on 4 different tours. There are more routes in the county. Don’t have a bike? Grab your helmet and borrow a free yellow loaner bicycle from several locations in downtown Punta Gorda. Join one of several bicycle clubs in the area. Routes Map
Kudos to Mark O. Asperilla, MD
Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau has selected Dr. Mark Asperilla to be inducted into the Tourism Hall of Fame to celebrate his community service through his medical practice, and his commitment to tourism through his Microtel Inn & Suites and Fishery Restaurant. He has also been instrumental in bringing high profile boxing events to the county, bringing thousands of visitors to the area.
Take a walk on the Punta Gorda Harborwalk
The 2.5 mile Harborwalk pathway curves along the Charlotte Harbor waterfront and offers a diverse experience. From nature and fitness to shops, murals and restaurants, there is something for everyone. A great way to enjoy downtown and the Harbor!
PGD Sets a Record
In March, Punta Gorda Airport announced the busiest month for air traffic EVER in its history. Commercial, private and charter aircraft traffic posted a record-setting 36% increase compared to March 2017. Tourism in the area also posted significant increases.
2019 Wine and Jazz Festival Announces Musicians
Renown jazz musician on sax; Gerald Albright duo-ed with Norman Brown at the 2014 Wine & Jazz Festival. He’ll be back to play for Punta Gorda once again! Also in the line-up, JUST ANNOUNCED, The Sax Pack and Matt Marchak! Another star-studded festival, Wine & Jazz Tickets are already on sale for the 2019 Festival.
Punta Gorda Featured in Where to Retire Magazine
Punta Gorda, FL, has been selected a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. Punta Gorda is profiled in a feature titled “8 Gulf Coast Beauties” in the May/June 2018 issue. READ THE PRESS
“Ladies Remembered” – the Mural
Inspired by Libby Shafer’s book “The Ladies of Punta Gorda,” the newest mural in Downtown is being created on the Bayside Center (the southeast corner of Olympia and US41 North). There are several new murals around town – a PGCC Trolley Tour is an easy way to view them.
From Punta Gorda to Edinburgh or Madrid?
For our local European residents and world travelers: Check out Kiwi.com to find air travel to places all around the world. It is an online travel service that can help “you figure out where you can fly within your budget.” The service can route you right out of PGD for reasonable prices.
New Mindi Abair concert planned
Favorite at the Wine & Jazz Festival, Mindi’s blues & rock sound will be featured in her own concert Nov 17, 2018. Tickets for Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers are on sale now!
In relocating any business, crime statistics are incredibly important to consider, Click here to see just how safe Punta Gorda is!
DINING: Did you know Punta Gorda has over 50 varied culinary destinations for you to explore and almost ALL are independently owned and operated? Click here to visit those that are proud supporters of the Chamber of Commerce.