Punta Gorda Seawall Update: Feb, 2019
Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles are boating communities with most homes on a saltwater canal which leads to Charlotte Harbor and on to Gulf of Mexico. One of the most important benefits is the City of Punta Gorda is responsible for maintenance of canals and seawalls.
Here’s a short video from FEMA talking about the seawalls in Punta Gorda.
Seawalls are funded by homeowners via a $550-dollar annual tax. This is a tremendous value went you consider the cost of installing and maintaining seawalls. Additionally, this insures that all seawalls are in great shape and consistence in looks. You don’t realize how valuable this is until you need it.
On September 10, 2017 Punta Gorda had a visit from Hurricane Irma. Fortunately, the stormed tracked east of city saving us from major wind damage. However, the wind was strong enough to blow much of the water out of Charlotte Harbor. This resulted in a significant amount of seawall failure due to lack/loss of water pressure against seawall. Repair costs look to be in the area of 30 million dollar with FEMA picking up about 75% of cost and balance will be handled by state and city. This is just one illustration of the City of Punta Gorda having the vision for many reason to take ownership of canals and seawalls.
To learn more about the waterfront communities of Punta Gorda please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-661-9773.