Recently I took a non-stop flight from Punta Gorda Airport to Portsmouth NH taking 3 hours. Alternative would be to drive to Fort Myers and take connecting flight to Boston and driving another hour to my destination. At 35,000 feet I had a chance to reflect on the benefits of having a real airport just 5 miles from my home.
What exactly is “out time”? Simply stated it’s the time it takes to get out to the harbor or open water by boat from a home. Both Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles have extensive canal systems that affect boating out times. Depending on where a home is located will dictate how long this journey will take to open water.
Punta Gorda is fortunate that many neighborhoods have sidewalks offering a safe way to enjoy a walk but actually lack a destination. Downtown Punta Gorda, Historic District and northeastern Punta Gorda Isles including Fishermen’s Village offer numerous places to walk to with many interesting places to enjoy.
When viewing waterfront real estate listings, you’ll sometimes notice a reference to sailboat water. Typically, this means there’s no bridges or no other overhead obstructions to open water. This is important information if you have a sailboat or large yacht. While this seems straight forward it still can be tricky in areas such as Punta Gorda Isles.
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.