The Charlotte Harbor “Then and Now Mural” on the Slip-Not Lounge represents the early days when Punta Gorda was a serious commercial fishing community and when tarpon sport fishing first became popular. It shows some of the fishing shacks where fisherman dropped off their catch and replenished their supply of ice so they could continue fishing.
A shrimp boat that worked the harbor and nearby Gulf of Mexico and belonged to Danny Biehl’s uncle is depicted. Danny, the owner of the Slip-Not Lounge, is shown with his son and grandsons on his airboat. He has a long time family connection to Punta Gorda and is the owner of the longest running business in Punta Gorda under the same ownership (since 1952).
The change in Charlotte Harbor from commercial fishing to recreational boating is represented by the sailboats and in particular shows the artist’s brother, Dennis Peck, winning a single hand sail boat race that was featured in the Sun Herald.
The Osprey represents the continuity over time of life on the harbor. The harbor is a big part of what makes Punta Gorda such a special place in Florida and in the world.
This mural was dedicated in 2002.