This weekend’s 2010 Conquistador Retta Cup was the 17th year that this two day sailing event has been held in Charlotte Harbor. By all measures this colorful and fun event was a success, attracting 71 sailboats that created quite a spectacle in the harbor.
Charlotte Harbor during the course of the year is the host to many boating events, whether it is power or sailboats this setting can’t be beat.
Not surprisingly Charlotte Harbor in June 2004, Sail magazine named it as one of the 10 best places to sail in the USA. Punta Gorda has long been known as a boater’s community with neighborhoods like Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles having extensive salt water canal systems. The two neighborhoods combined for roughly 6000 home lots. Offering access to Charlotte Harbor and on to the Gulf of Mexico starts on canals that average more than 100 feet wide and six feet deep at mean low tide. Home owner pay a flat fee of $500 per year to have the sea walls maintained by the city.
Canal systems like this can no longer be developed, making waterfront real estate in Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles limited and in demand. Still the Punta Gorda waterfront remains a tremendous value when compared to anywhere else.
The city has a series of programs designed to further enhance the value of owning real estate and living in Punta Gorda. The following projects are currently in the works:
* The Punta Gorda Community Redevelopment Agency unveiled a proposal for a sailing center along Harbor Walk in Gilchrist Park.
* Laishley Park Marina is now completed, leaving just the two mooring fields to be added.
* The Four Points Sheraton Hotel has been granted approval for the industrial bond to build a new marina.
* The Best Western has applied for bonds to build its marina.
The focus of these projects are aimed to support Punta Gorda’s ongoing marketing strategy to position the city as a premier boater’s destination. These new additions coming on line over the next few years will enhance Punta Gorda already strong recognition as an all around boating community.