November 2022

Hurricane Ian Tests Our Community's Resilience

Now that the dust is starting to settle…it is time to reflect on the many selfless acts witnessed during the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. The storm has provided us with an opportunity to remember what this community is all about…neighbor helping neighbor. When we moved here in 2004, only two weeks after Hurricane Charley, we made new friends by helping our neighbors pick their roof tiles out of their pools! Punta Gorda did better, having been hardened after Charley and built to tougher codes. 

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Punta Gorda Awarded by America in Bloom

Top honors for the prestigious 2022 America in Bloom National Awards Program were announced at the annual symposium and awards celebration held in St. Louis, September 29-October 1. An ironic coincidence given the arrival of Hurricane Ian in our city. 

Punta Gorda was the all around top winner in the 14,000 - 18,000 population category. All participants were evaluated on seven criteria: community vitality, overall impression, environmental efforts, heritage celebration, urban forestry, landscaped areas, and flowers.

Pictured above right, PGIB benefactors Barbara and Alan Schuman flanked by AIB Advisors Cheryl Corson and Tim France. On the right, Bloom volunteers in action.

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History Park Community Garden Weathers the Storm

The Punta Gorda History Park Community Garden was in great shape prior to the arrival of Hurricane Ian. The garden plots were ready for planting, thanks to help from CJ Lawn Maintenance, Mike Trzandel and Steve Catalino. When the storm roared through on September 28, the garden took a huge hit. Right: After the clean-up.

Before and after pictures

Sunseeker Exec Featured at Annual Community Meeting

TEAM's January 26, 2023, Annual Community Meeting will feature remarks by Micah Richins, President and Chief Operating Officer of Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor, slated to open in the fall of 2023. The meeting will be held at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve St. Attendance will be capacity controlled. Doors open at 6:00 PM.  Light refreshments will be served. Meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

Parting Shots: Volunteers in Action after Hurricane Ian.

Another great example of the high level of volunteerism characteristic of Punta Gorda was the clean up of Veterans Park organized by TEAM Vice President Betsy Spagnolo (pictured left with Merry Horner). On the right, left to right: Paul Horner, Dr. David Klein, Bud Bell, Steve Barnes and Ron Knight. Not pictured: TEAM CEO Nancy Johnson and Darcy Hanley. Ready to volunteer? Give TEAM a call.

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