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
‘Painting the Town’ - 25 years and counting
Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society celebrates 25 years creating murals that capture the area’s local history. An event on January 30th at the Visual Arts Center will auction actual mural renderings. A new book covering the 25 years of murals with their history and stories is for sale at Copperfish Bookstore. The Punta Gorda Chamber offers mural walking tours every Tuesday from January 14th – April 7th.
Allegiant Air makes huge expansion in 2020
Fly to Savannah GA with Allegiant from Punta Gorda Charlotte Airport. The non-stop route starts June 6, but tickets are on sale now! In a huge expansion just announced, 44 seasonal nonstop routes and 3 additional “large market” cities have been added to Allegiant’s portfolio. Some of the routes depart from the traditional beach/warm-weather focus. Allegiant maintains their goal is to “connecting leisure travelers in under-served cities to popular destinations around the country.”
National HR company coming to Punta Gorda
Lyons HR, a national IRS-certified and ESAC-accredited Professional Employer Organization (PEO) with worksite employees in 44 states, announced it has acquired Acline HR of Punta Gorda. Bill Lyons, CEO of Lyons HR stated the acquisition and retention of local staff is ideal for our expansion efforts in Florida.
Update on Buckley’s Pass
Seawalls in place, the connection to Alligator Creek from the PGI canal system has finally been dredged through. Finishing touches are on track for the Pass to open in April 2020. Currently, seawalls are being finished, environmental restoration is in progress.
1st World Pickleball Championship held in Punta Gorda
500 players from all over the world participated and brought hundreds of spectators each day of the 4-day competition Dec 27-30. The First World Championship was a win-win for the players and for our local economy. Five 2019 pickleball tournaments in Punta Gorda have raised over $800k in economic impact for Charlotte County. This World Championship event may generate another $400k. And the plan for next year is BIGGER!
Local Real Estate Sales Report
Residential sales for November in Charlotte County: 436 homes sold, a 9.27% increase over last year’s sales in Nov. The median price of those sold was $225,000, a 2.32% rise over Nov. last year. Median time on the market is a short 28 days. Some of the homes were sold within the first 10 days of listing. Real Estate is hopping!
PGD Airport runways to be rebuilt for the future
The shorter runway at Punta Gorda Airport is now closed, to be lengthened to accommodate Allegiant jets. Construction time to add 593’ to the runway is approx. 9 months. Disruption to air traffic will be minimal, as Allegiant primarily uses the main Runway 4-22. The main runway has not been overhauled since it was built in the 1940’s. It will be overhauled in 2021.
Babcock Ranch is Booming
Babcock Ranch is fast becoming the town for which it is planned. Expanding into a new community, the population will increase by over 900 people. Recently, 364 home purchases have closed, another 120 are under contract.
UPDATED 12/30/19: Through Dec 1, Kitson & Partners, Babcock Ranch developers, has reported 507 new home contracts!
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.
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.
Courtesy of Air Shot Aces Drone Photography.