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Sneak Peek at the Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens in Punta Gorda, Fla.

Turkish Artist Kemal Tufan with Assistance from Bob Antes and Ayla Measure a Piece of "Keel" at the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Turkish Artist Kemal Tufan with Assistance from Bob Antes and Ayla Measure a Piece of “Keel” at the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Exciting things are happening in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands and today we had the honor of watching Turkish artist Kemal Tufan install his sculpture called “Keel” at the Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens.  Continue reading

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Chill Out this July in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands

Will You Be Participating in the Annual Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim on Fourth of July?

Will You Be Participating in the Annual Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim on Fourth of July?

It’s July and ’tis the season for keeping as cool as possible. Following are a few suggestions for avoiding the summer heat without being bored. Continue reading

Another Winter Day in Charlotte Harbor

Typical Day at Gasparilla Marina, Placida, Fla.

Typical Day at Gasparilla Marina, Placida, Fla.

The following is a guest post by Mr. Chip Futch, Marketing Coordinator for the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau, as he shares a typical February day. 

As my friends that live in the North post pictures of their cars locked in a snowdrift, my 4 year old puts on her life vest because, like most weekends, it’s time to hit the water. Having lived in other climates during my life, this February day reminds me why I’m glad I’m back on the Gulf in Florida. Continue reading

Fishermen’s Village Lights Up for the Holidays, Nov. 17 – Dec. 31, 2012

Fishermen's Village Will Host the Annual "Lighting of the Village" Holiday Event, Nov. 17, 2012

Fishermen’s Village Will Host the Annual “Lighting of the Village” Holiday Event, Nov. 17, 2012

We’re sharing some enlightening news from Fishermen’s Village about their holiday season spectacular, “Lighting of the Village,” on Saturday, Nov. 17.  The event marks the beginning of the annual “Festival of Lights” celebration which runs through Dec.  31, 2012.  The “Lighting of the Village” features Punta Gorda’s own Boogiemen Band.

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Peace River Wildlife Center, Where Native Wildlife Goes for Rehab in Punta Gorda, Fla.

Dr. Robin Jenkins With One of the Paitents at Peace River Wildlife Center, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Dr. Robin Jenkins With One of the Paitents at Peace River Wildlife Center, Punta Gorda, Fla.

We know snowbirds migrate to Southwest Florida for the winter but where do native birds and other Florida wildlife recuperate while in Charlotte County? The Peace River Wildlife Center located in Ponce de Leon Park in Punta Gorda. I recently toured the facility and am truly amazed at the work this nonprofit organization accomplishes.

Fully funded through donations, the Center provides tender care to injured and orphaned native wildlife, whether it a bird, reptile or even a deer (sorry, no venomous snakes permitted). The Center’s mission is to return rehabilitated animals back to their natural habitat but if animals are not able to return to the wild, they will be given a permanent home at the facility. Continue reading

Free Activities to Share Mother Nature with Mom this Mother’s Day

Kayaking the Woolverton Trail in Charlotte County, Fla.

Kayaking the Woolverton Trail in Charlotte County, Fla.

Share Mother Nature with your Mom this Mother’s Day while showing her how budget savvy you are with these two free activities. If you plan it right, you can take advantage of both of these aquatic excursions in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands.
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Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands through Visitor’s Eyes

It’s always refreshing when friends, family and journalists visit Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands and rave about it. It’s as though they’ve just discovered buried treasure.

Earlier this month I showcased the area to three travel journalists who were unaware of the special and unique attractions, accommodations, restaurants and shopping we had to offer. And, all three of these journalists live in Southwest Florida. Their whirl-wind trip of Charlotte County took them from the Christmas tree lighting in Punta Gorda to the waterways of Charlotte Harbor to the beaches of Englewood. Continue reading