Our Fall Newsletter
(and a little history)
Update on Our HARBORWALK Mural
Good news on the permit front – Our public art permit application with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) was approved by the Tallahassee office. We hope to have the final signatures in the next few weeks. Our artist is still on schedule to start painting in December.
Will Start in January
Join us as we lead you on a 2-hour leisurely Walking Tour of our beautiful city stopping at 12 historic murals along the way.
9:30am – 11:30am; Check-in 9:20am
252 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda
$15 per person
Call the Chamber at Office 941-639-3720 to Register
Presented in 2 parts:
All Classes: 10:00am – 12:00pm (Noon) | Each Class – $18 per person
2019 Dates: January 28 & 30 | February 25 & 27 | March 25 & 27
Herald Center Ct, Punta Gorda
To Register: Call (941) 505-0130
And now a little History…
The Town of Trabue
It all started with his purchase of 30 acres on the southern shores of Charlotte Harbor from the Laniers in 1883. The Laniers were the only folks here at the time living in cabin along the river.
After negotiating with the Florida Southern Railroad, Isaac’s little town got rail service in July 1886. That put the town of Trabue on the map and it started to grow. Kelly Harvey had settled in Trabue but wasn’t a fan of Isaac. In the fall of 1887, he organized a town meeting to change the town’s name to Punta Gorda. Thirty-four registered voters met in Tom Hector’s second floor pool hall and the motion was approved.
… What happened next? Come to our History Classes to learn more.
(Photos from Charlotte County History Collections)
In Our Community
Sharing a little of what’s happening in our area
We’re sharing an amazing volunteer program that Punta Gorda Fire and Police Departments participate in each season called “Christmas Cheer”. It serves the students of Baker Center School who are 5 months to 5 years of age, with many in great need.
This program grew out of a teacher’s request to PGFD seeking a “sponsor” to provide her students with a small Christmas toy. It was learned they may not be getting any gifts for Christmas and were lacking food and warm clothes during the winter. The teacher told stories of a boy in her class taking a girl’s coat to wear because he didn’t have one of his own and another student putting their school lunch in their pockets to feed a younger sibling at home.
PGFD adopted her class that year, raising enough money to provide a winter jacket and a Christmas toy for each child. The story was shared and Walmart donated a send-home holiday meal for each student. It was discovered that this was not an isolated case in this school and over the years, PGFD and PGPD joined forces to sponsor more classes, reaching 175 children last December.
This season their goal is the entire school (210 students). They need help to make this happen. If you’d like to support them, please donate a Walmart Gift Card to PGFD and PGPD to purchase the items for each child. All amounts are welcomed. Donations are needed by 11/23 and can be dropped off at the Public Safety Building, 1410 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.