Tuesday, October 28, 2014 / by Chip Deacon
Port Charlotte is part of Florida’s West Coast or South West Coast along the Gulf of Mexico. The Town itself, sits on the North side of Charlotte Harbor (which is fed from the Myakka and the Peace Rivers), and is east of Englewood and Rotunda West, north of Punta Gorda and west of Cleveland… Florida that is!
The warm waters of Charlotte Harbor filter through the Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park, Boca Grande, Cayo Costa State Park, Little Bokeelia Island, the Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve, Pine Island, and the Pine Island Sound Aquatic Preserve. Like Longboat Key, Port Charlotte area was home to the Timucan and Caloosa Indians; and mapped by Spanish Explorer Ponce de Leon in his search for the Elixirs of External Youth! The name of the bay is alleged to be a corruption of the Indian Tribal Name Calusa into the Spanish name Carlos.
Notable Pirates and Shipwrecks in Port Charlotte’s History:
- Jose Gaspar AKA Gasparilla! A New Year’s Festival is named for this character.
- Brewster Baker AKA Brew or Bru Baker.
- Jean Lafitte. 1563 An unnamed Galleon of the Vera Cruz Fleet sank.
- 1821 Gasparilla’s ship, the Florida Blanca, was sunk by the US Navy with $9 Million!
- 1821 An unnamed American Frigate sank at Big Gasparilla Pass with $1 Million in coins.
Port Charlotte has mainly Winter Residents and Retirees with a smattering of Touristy type of activity. Local entertainment centers around boating and golf with a greater diversity happening in nearby Ft. Myers to the south. Hospital and Medical Services have some of the best job-growth expectations in the state. 2014 Census estimates put the Population close to 56,000, growing at just over 4% since 2000. The Median Home Cost is $112,200 with an Unemployment Rate of 5.5% (below the national average).
Port Charlotte has 25 Arts & Cultural Attractions to draw your attention while visiting or after moving into the area.
The Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Team hold Spring Training in Charlotte Harbor each year along with the High-A Affiliate Team, the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Additionally, the Annual Snowbird Baseball Classic is played in Charlotte Harbor by more than 20 Division III and Division I Colleges!
The King of Water Sports, Tarpon Fishing, has attracted our Nation’s Leaders since the mid-1800’s! Such Notables as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Frederick Remington, J.P. Morgan, the Vanderbilts, Teddy Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush have all enjoyed time on the waters of the Harbour! Even the nefarious Al Capone tossed out a line or two…
For the Shopaholic in the Family, visit Punta Gorda’s Fishermen’s Village, Placida’s antique Fishing Village, Olde Englewood’s Dearborn Street, Port Charlotte’s Town Center Mall, and Punta Gorda’s Train Depot for a wide range of the new, pre-loved and valuable!
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