Florida saw a reduction of population between 2008 and 2009, but the University of Florida expects the population to have grown from April 2009 to April 2010 by 23,000 residents. The drop off was the first recorded in 50 years, after recording strong growth year after year. The states loss of residents was viewed by many including Time magazine, who questioned if Florida had lost its luster and had become the “Sunset State”.
Real Estate market trends for January 2010 are sending mixed signals, this should not come as a surprise, considering the overall economy. Recovering from the long and painful fall from the peak of the housing bubble will most likely have some up’s and down’s. The three major communities of Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and Northport had a 29% drop in sales from December 2009. Recording sales of 249 homes of all types was the lowest amount since January 2009.
Gilchrist Park located on the south side of downtown Punta Gorda, is one of three premier parks that enhance the quality of living in this beautiful city. The park takes its name from Albert Gilchrist, Punta Gorda’s favorite citizen who made significant contributions to the city over the course of his life. Gilchrist made his name in real estate and land surveying but he also became active in politics.
Punta Gorda has long been a hidden jewel nestled on Charlotte Harbor, located in the well known region of Southwest Florida, famous for perfect winter weather with average daily highs of 75 degrees. Hurricane Charley ironically brought attention to Punta Gorda and in its wake it triggered a revitalization of this city of historic significance. The evidence of a new city is everywhere you look and what you see is impressive.
Of all the parks near Punta Gorda Isles, Ponce de Leon Park has perhaps the most intriguing history. Named after Juan Ponce de Leon, the Spanish explorer who came to Florida seeking the Fountain of Youth, the park itself marks the location where he was injured by the Calusa Indians as they resisted his attempt to claim their land. We have Ponce de Leon to thank for the discovery of Florida, and the park named for him is one of the best things about living in Punta Gorda Isles.