10151 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, Florida, 33950, United States
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BLOCK LONG DESTRUCTION
Rubble piled high block after block. Not all damage was only done to trailer parks and mobile homes. A great many permanent homes were also ruined or destroyed. It was a very discourgaging sight to see and this is about thirty days after hurricane hit the city.
punta gorda florida
the town of punta gorda is located on the peace river where it meets charlotte harbor in southern charlotte county. punta gorda is the county seat of charlotte county. the town of punta gorda was established in 1887 by a group of white and african-american settlers. one of punta gorda's first city councilmen was albert gilcrest who later became governor of florida. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries punta gorda was a train stop and a fishing village. punta gorda's population grew when the US 41 bridge over charlotte harbor was built in 1921. of interest to the tourist is it's central location in sourhwest florida. punta gorda is positioned about half way between the upscale resort towns of sarasota and naples. for tourists on a budget punta gorda has an excellent location to explore the various attractions of southwest florida. southwest florida beach resort towns are very expensive during the winter tourist season. punta gorda and neighboring port charlotte are one of the least expensive towns to stay at in the area.
punta gorda and charlotte harbor
"a great place to break down"
i was playing on the pedestrian bridge in chattanooga, tennessee, and a couple of nice ladies told me to visit punta gorda, so i did and my van broke down right in the parking lot of the gig at fisherman's warf. i had myself towed to behind some restaurants and lived there for about five weeks until i'd saved enough money to buy a 23' sailboat full of water and fix it up. i traded the van, which was actually a very cool ans stout van but needed a tranny, for a dinghy. the buyer liked it so well he gave me an extra hundred bucks.
punta gorda had hurricane charley stomp on it a few years before i made it there but they were still sweeping up the pieces. buildings were still being demo'd. piles of debris were still next to stores. billed (somehow) as the best place to live in florida, the folks are nicely laid back for the most part and there is a nice array of canals that come in from charlotte harbor and flank streets of certain neighbourhoods. you can have your car in the driveway, your r.v. on a pad next to that, and your dock behind the house too. there's a cool irish pub and a nice park where you can, like much of florida, and drive right up onto the grass and park there. i was told that half-houses were blowing down the street during the hurricane while many business owners (and their employees) stayed right there during the whole thing. maybe my arrival was timely: nobody seemed to judge me and in fact i made a lot of great friends.
My visits to Punta Gorda
"Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda"
I am very sad to hear of the devastation that has come upon two of my favourite places. I have yet to be able to find out if my very close friends condo made it through or not. The hotel that I loved to stay in..(the Holiday Inn Express on Sandhill) may no longer be there. I am hoping so much, that it is. I am scheduled to go back in December to continue with my lighthouse trip. I hope all is well. Just can't get through yet.