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
"Alert Punta Gorda" Launches
Punta Gorda now has a new alert system that broadcasts time-sensitive critical messages via phone, text, email, based on locations and types of events that you, the resident, choose. The new program will allow the city to reach more people, more quickly than the previous program. Most of the program cost was covered by the state. To sign up: bit.ly/2mnlBqZ
38th Annual Florida International Air Show in Punta Gorda Nov 1-3
The Air Show typically brings about 40,000 people to the area. This year will be no exception as the USAF Thunderbirds will be among many aerobatic performers. 8,000 tickets will be given to area elementary school students in a program requiring they read at least 1 book. A 5K Run the Runway on Saturday will benefit Special Olympics Florida.
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.
Festival Season in Punta Gorda is here soon
The first Chamber festival of the season is the “Mindi Abair Punta Gorda Wine & Music Festival” on Nov. 15-17. Tickets for the weekend events are selling out fast, concert tickets still available. Go to www.puntagordachamber.com/product/mindi-abair-weekend-package
Gazing the Universe
One of the many things to do in Punta Gorda happens on the 4th Friday of each month, now through May at the James & Barbara Moore Observatory on the FSW State College Campus. Free stargazing is led by Tom Segur to view the sky through the 16” telescope. Open to the public after nightfall.
Welcome to the Fleet!
Congratulations to King Fisher Fleet, who has a new, custom-built tour boat designed to run excursions in Charlotte Harbor & the Peace River. Recently launched, she’s ready for your next tour.
Veteran Honor Flights from Punta Gorda Airport
In May 2020, thanks to the Southwest Florida Veteran Honor Flights, the first Honor Flight from PGD will take veterans to Washington DC. Funded through donations, there are currently 100 more seats available on this flight. More info at www.pchonorflight.org
Cheney Brothers Punta Gorda to expand
The deal struck between the Charlotte County Commission and Cheney Brothers will result in an 80,000 square foot expansion ($8.6 million) and 30 higher paying jobs for the facility in Punta Gorda. Construction to start in 5 months, completing in Nov. 2020.
Punta Gorda Chamber Breaks the Glass Ceiling
2019-2020 fiscal year will see an “all-women” Chamber Executive Board. This is the first time in our history and, according to the Florida Chamber of Commerce, they are not aware of any other Chamber in the State having such a group!
Babcock Ranch Ranked Fastest Growing in SWFL
Metrostudy data states that Babcock Ranch is the region’s top master-planned community, leading the region by more than 20% in annual housing starts. Diverse in home sizes and pricing, 11 homebuilders contributed to the almost 300 housing starts through June.
New Library is OPEN! New Hours!
The new Punta Gorda Public Library opened August 26th. Now open 6-days a week with extended hours, 10A-6P. The Friends Book Store is still located within the Library. Try out the new check-in technology. Put a book in the cubby, it’s immediately checked in, put in the next item. Easy as that!
Seawall Repairs Are Complete
Done in record time in less than 18 months. Punta Gorda is the only city in the United States that owns its own seawalls. The city staff worked closely with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the state of Florida to make sure the new seawalls were built to FEMA’s standards.
Buckley’s Pass is under construction
At long last, Buckley’s Pass has shovels in the ground! After years of planning, discussing & permitting, the 1445’ x 60’ channel will be completed Feb 2020. Funded by citizens in the most benefited area, ~68% of the cost has been already paid. Kudos to all who persevered through the process.
Courtesy of Air Shot Aces Drone Photography.