Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda is the county seat of Charlotte County, and the only incorporated municipality in Charlotte County.

Punta Gorda is located where the Peace River meets Charlotte Harbor.

The first settlers came to Punta Gorda in the late 19th century. Punta Gorda became an incorporated city in 1900.

In 1905, a massive fire destroyed much of the city. After the devastating event, city leaders mandated that all business structures be built with either brick or concrete. Punta Gorda like much of Southwest Florida at the time saw drastic increases in building during the great Florida land boom of the 1920’s.

In 2004, much of Punta Gorda suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Charley. The hurricane destroyed or severely damaged many homes, structures, and historical landmarks. After the hurricane, much like their forefathers did in 1905 when the fire destroyed much of Punta Gorda, the community enacted stronger building codes to ensure the city would likely not see the level of damage it had during the hurricane again.

It was not long before new buildings, amazing restorations, and new amenities showcased state-of-the-art building while preserving the city’s history.

During this rebuilding, Laishley Park Municipal Marina was built. The Harborwalk, Linear Park and a variety of trails are built or planned, to create a bicycle and pedestrian link throughout the city.

Punta Gorda Government

Punta Gorda’s government is a City Council with a City Manager form of government. The city is governed by a five member city council including a mayor.

The Punta Gorda Police Department is responsible for policing the city.

Punta Gorda also has its own fire district and is served by three separate fire stations.

Punta Gorda Schools

Punta Gorda is part of the Charlotte County School District.

Punta Gorda Demographics

According to the 2010 census report, the population of Punta Gorda is 16,641 people, an increase of 16.0% since 2000. There are 11,580 total homes with 6,835 occupied by owner.

The racial makeup of Immokalee in 2010 was;

  • 93.3% Non-Hispanic White
  • 3.3% African-American
  • 4.5% Hispanic
  • .2% American Indian
  • 1.1% Asian
  • 1.3% reporting two or more races

Punta Gorda Weather

The average high temperature in Immokalee is 84. The average low temperature is 62. The warmest months of the year are July and August with average high temperatures during the day of 92. The coldest month of the year is January where the average low temperature is 51.

Punta Gorda Events/Attractions

  • Charlotte County Historic Center
  • Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Charlotte Harbor Preserve Sanctuary
  • Toledo Cacao Fest
  • Mayan Ruins
  • Deer Dance

Punta Gorda Resource Links