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TEAM Punta Gorda Newsletter
TopJoanne and Richard Collins, Editors
                                    November 2016
In This Issue

Newcomers Invitation to Breakfast
Stop by and have a continental breakfast with TEAM Punta Gorda volunteers. Learn all about us and let us get to know you!  

Wednesday, Nov 2 
  9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
                          TEAM office located in
                        Charlotte Community Foundation
                     227 Sullivan Street, PG
We'd love you to tell you about our wonderful organization and how to become part of TEAM
Please be our guest.  We look forward to meeting you! 
RSVP by 11/1/16 at above phone number.
Let's Celebrate our Vets



TEAM Mixer, lots of fun
Last Tuesday 78 people converged at the Ice House for a fun TEAM Mixer.  The Outreach Committee did a spectacular job.  There were plentiful appetizers and great door prizes - all with a Halloween theme.  Six raffles prizes were given away, and that lead to lots of smiling and laughing faces.
Many thanks go to Betsy Spagnolo and her trusty group of volunteers - Lisa Colgan and Ruth DiBene.   


Lucky door prize winner!

Let's Paddle Punta Gorda!


Visual Arts Center Event

Lighting of the Village is November 19

TEAM needs a dozen volunteers to be host and hostesses for the FUN Fishermen's Village Lighting Night. Volunteers would work 2 hour shifts, giving out schedule of events and candy canes. If you can help, please call the office.  Be part of the Holiday Cheer! 

Tree Lighting Ceremony planned for December 2

The "Downtown Christmas Celebration, Carol Sing and Tree Lighting" will take place on Friday, December 2nd from 5 - 8 p.m. in front of the Christmas tree located at the corner of W Marion Avenue and Taylor Street.  Many exciting aspects and interactive performances are being planned, including a Community Sing-Along, Santa Parade and the lighting of the tree!
The weather forecast is calling for snow showers so dress appropriately and bring your own seating. The event is part of Punta Gorda Founders Day Week. For more information or to become a sponsor, please contact the City of Punta Gorda at (941)575-3302.

Founder's Day BBQ and Historical Poker Run - December 7
TEAM Punta Gorda is closing the week of activities for the Founders Day Celebration this year with something special. Our Historic Poker Run finale is scheduled for December 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at the Charlotte Community Foundation building, 227 Sullivan St.  You'll  walk, run or ride to five historic places at your own pace collecting a poker hand.  At each location, you'll answer an historical question relative to the site before receiving your card in a sealed envelope.  Bring your five unopened envelopes back to the Community Foundation to reveal your hand and enjoy an old time barbecue.  Prizes will be given while you enjoy an evening of camaraderie with good food, good ol' people, old fashioned lemonade and live entertainment.

History Park Community Garden Grand Opening Invite
 You are invited to a wonderful event on December 12...see below


TEAM's Annual Community Meeting - January 26, 2017

Great news!
Our guest speaker for this year's annual meeting, January 26th,  is Maestro Rafael Ponti from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. The theme of is talk is that the Community is like the Symphony.    

Paint Your Heart Out - Will you get involved?

Paint Your Heart Out (PYHO) is an annual service project done in collaboration with Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity and heavily supported by local contractors, tradesmen, businesses and service clubs.  Each year houses are painted by volunteers for homeowners who need a helping hand.  It was initiated in the spring of 2014, designed to help elderly, disabled, and needy residents while beautifying Punta Gorda.  PYHO does more than paint homes.  It sends a message of pride and builds a sense of community spirit and unity that lasts long after this day of service is over.  

Make it a priority to be part of next year's effort!  Volunteers and sponsors are needed.  Save the date of February 18, 2017 and be part of it by contacting Peter Krumsiek or Sue Carmen at 

TEAM Volunteers - Be a Gift to Your Community

Do you have time to help
Here's just a sampling of some of the fun things you can do with just a little bit of your time:
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Beautification Co-Chair
  • Fund Raiser Coordinator 
  • Computer Tech for troubleshooting office issues
One day opportunities to help us:
  • Paddle Punta Gorda, 11/12
  • Lighting of the Village at Fishermen's Village, 11/19
  • Founder's Day Week event (Historical Poker Run), 12/7
  • Golf Tournament, 2/18 and 2/19
  • Pedal 'N Play Bike Event, 3/24 and 3/25


Interested? contact TEAM Punta Gorda at  or

 Save the DATES for TEAM 
        Don't forget to put these dates
   in your smartphone or paper calendar!
              November 12, 2016
             Paddle Punta Gorda
                                   Veteran's Day Celebration
                                        December 2, 2016
                                        TEAM Caroling
                               Downtown Christmas Celebration 

                                       December 7, 2016
                                      Old Time Barbeque &
                                      Historical Poker Run 
                                (Founder's Day Week Event)

                                         December 12, 2016
                        History Park Community Garden Ribbon Cutting

                                        January 26, 2017 
                                TEAM's A nnual Community Meeting     

                                       February 18, 2017 
                                         Paint Your Heart Out

                                      February 18 & 19, 2017
                                 Golf Tournament at Twin Isles 
                                       & St. Andrew's South

                                     March 24 & 25, 2017
                                  Pedal 'n Play in Paradise

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We invite you to visit the community calendars below for more information about upcoming events in OCTOBER:


November 2 - Newcomer Breakfast - see information above
November 11 - Visual Arts Center Event - see information above
November 12 - Paddle Punta Gorda - see information above
November 12 - Veteran's Day Parade and Celebration - see information above
November 19 - Lighting of the Village, Fishermen's Village, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Message from TEAM CEO

Nancy J
With an election coming up and recent events in our town, the hot topic on everyone's mind is development and growth. Should we, or shouldn't we?

Following the devastation of Hurricane Charlie in 2004, a group of citizens launched an organization, the mission of which was to facilitate the development and implementation of a master plan for Punta Gorda's recovery. In 2006, TEAM Punta Gorda gifted to the City of Punta Gorda a document entitled the Citizens Master Plan. This plan represented a compendium of citizen generated ideas for the future of our city, framed by a professional design team. It became the guiding document for the revision of Punta Gorda's Land Development Regulations. While many of the recommendations of this document were accomplished in the five years following Hurricane Charley, the subsequent recession brought many plans for development to a halt. Despite these setbacks, the city kept moving forward and is the jewel that you see today. This is a testimony to strong leadership, planning and local government cooperation with community groups.

The economic climate is changing once again and development is back on the table. Economic sustainability and the development of a year-round economy are essential for our future. Our City currently has a budget deficit and needs to develop additional revenue. The City has been pursuing annexation opportunities for some time now. A promising idea was presented to City Council by Councilman Tom Cavanaugh. The proposed ordinance would increase the City's tax base by requiring annexation of properties within the City's utility service area that are currently outside the city limits, and want to receive utility services.

We've had some great recent additions to our community with Cheney Brothers and Western Michigan University establishing bases of operations nearby. These positive developments will only help us economically if we tackle the problem of affordable community housing. As we create new businesses, where will their employees live? Wouldn't it be nice to have more young, working families here to help grow our year-round economy?

In support of the great work begun by the United Way, the Homeless Coalition and the Charlotte Community Foundation, TEAM is collaborating with others in the city and county on the issues of affordable and workforce housing. Community coalitions often bring non-profits and government agencies together. While this is useful, we also need to bring builders, realtors and developers into the conversation in order to make any real progress. TEAM recently convened a seminar for those working on this challenge. Forty five representatives of organizations, government entities and business persons attended and learned strategies that have helped Pinellas County make progress in this area. TEAM Punta Gorda will serve as convener for a county-wide work-group to examine potential solutions.

We all agree that we want to preserve the special character of our town. We need the right kind of growth, and we need to manage it carefully.

Upcoming at TEAM Punta Gorda in November & December (see for more information or to register for any of these events):
  • Paddle Punta Gorda, November 12, (7:30 AM - 2:00 PM).
  • Veterans Day Celebration at Fat Point Brewery, November 12, (1:00-5:00 PM).
  • Founders' Day Old Time Barbeque & Historic Poker Run, December 7, (5:00-7:30 PM).
  • History Park Community Garden Ribbon Cutting, December 12 (5:00 PM)

Nancy Johnson

Parting Shot
Joanne & Richard Collins on a recent trip to CapeTown, South Africa
This is our last edition of TEAM Talk.  We've enjoyed being your editors for the last 2+ years.  We are turning it over to the able hands of Nancy Morris, who will bring her unique talents and ideas to this publication.
We love being part of TEAM and will continue to contribute in other roles - e.g., Pedal 'n Play in Paradise.  If you haven't been involved, don't hold back.  Be part of making Punta Gorda a better place to live, work and play! 
Joanne & Richard Collins
Editors, TEAM Talk
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