It was never really a question of “if” but “when” a cut through from the Punta Gorda Isles Rim Canal to Alligator Creek would happen. Proposed 10 years ago to dramatically reduce out-time from PGI Bird Section to Charlotte Harbor the project has had its up’s and down’s but was never out.
As a Realtor I’m often asked what’s so great about Punta Gorda and there is no shortage of things to point out that make this city such as special place. The other day I saw in the Charlotte Sun newspaper a quarter page ad announcing the Third Annual “BARSTOOL OPEN” and I believe, on every level, this is a great example of the heart and soul of Punta Gorda and it’s community.
By a margin of 4 to 0 The Airport Authority voted in favor of changing the name of Charlotte County Airport to Punta Gorda Airport. The name change was a marketing decision to help enhance the airports competitiveness. Southwest Florida has long been recognized as a destination for travelers coming from the Northeast along with the Midwest. However Charlotte County Airport remained a mystery to most travelers.
Downtown Punta Gorda enjoys the benefits of Laishley Park on many levels. Surrounded by this historic city on 3 sides, while to the north it’s flanked by the Peace River, offering great views no matter what time of day it is. The park is also purposeful with its own marina and multi use commercial area but more on that aspect later.
Latest computer models show Southwest Florida unlikely to receive any oil from the massive spill. The data was released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Florida’s western shoreline has a 20% or less chance of seeing oil by August 1st. Much of Southwest Florida is forecasted to have less than a 1% chance of experiencing oil on there shores.
Geographically Punta Gorda located at the end of Charlotte Harbor is more than 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. This locality should protect our area from seeing any oil.