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Nancy Morris, Editor                                                                           August, 2017
TEAM Punta Gorda is an all-volunteer organization committed to making the greater Punta Gorda area a great place to live, work and play. Originally created after the devastation caused by Hurricane Charley in 2004, TEAM volunteers focus on wide variety of projects to enhance our friendly, quaint, historic waterside community. For more of the history of TEAM click here

Mid-summer moment with TEAM
We hope you're enjoying your summer and look forward to reconvening in the fall with you.   
A Message from TEAM CEO
Nancy J
Nancy Johnson, CEO
In Search of Civil Discourse
Summertime might be a little slower in Punta Gorda, but the business of city government does not stop. In fact, a lot is going on. As we wrestle with the wisdom of the various development opportunities that are being presented to us, I'd like to offer a few thoughts about development and civility. During leaner economic times, there were no public development opportunities to discuss. Now the situation has changed. Our town needs to build a year-round economy and we would all like to see the "missing teeth" in our downtown filled in. In order for this to happen we'll need to work together to shape our town once again. This will require a proactive approach to growth management, including the examination of best practices from other communities like ours.
Citizens will need to engage in a dialogue about changes as they are proposed, but the nature of the dialogue says a lot about who we are as a community. The conversation should be open, transparent, respectful and civil. Too often lately it has been rude, angry and mean-spirited. This is not the Punta Gorda way.
Change will come whether we want it to or not. Times change, the economy changes and new opportunities present themselves. It's important that we encourage the right kind of change. TEAM Punta Gorda was founded to protect the unique character of Punta Gorda after the devastation that was Hurricane Charley. It was not left to a few leaders to say what the town wanted and needed, but rather for the citizens of the community to determine a shared vision for the future. The right to question our leaders is fundamental to our democracy but it should be done with respect and also with some understanding of the issues being discussed. Let's seek those opportunities that support the vision we have for our community.
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TEAM Punta Gorda is Recruiting

As TEAM Punta Gorda re-groups for fall we have a number of leadership posts we'd like to fill. We're looking for experienced leaders to help with several administrative posts.  We also can use co-chairs for several committees. If you'd like to discuss the possibilities, just give us a call.

The following positions must be filled ASAP . Snow birds & travelers are welcome...we can wait for you to return, as long as we know when you'll be available.
COO (Chief Operating Officer)  - This is half-time volunteer position that involves supervision of office administrative staff and several internal committees. It is an elected Board position.

  CFO (Chief Financial Officer)  - this job requires about 15 hours a
month and is an elected Board position. It involves oversight of TEAM's finances, liaison to our CPA firm and preparation of monthly Board reports.

Volunteer Chairperson  - match up the many potential volunteers who come through our outreach system with the positions that are open and committees needing help. Manage new volunteer coffees (quarterly).


Sponsorship Co-chairperson - This job is about finding sponsors for TEAM and our special events, as well as maintaining relationships with existing sponsors.
Project committees and special events work best with two co-chairs to support each other, rather than a single leader. Committees seeking co-chairs right now are:
             Paint Your Heart Out                              
                  Golf Tournament        
Click on the links above to see our web pages.  If you'd like to know more about any of these positions, please contact our CEO at or, .
      Information can also be found on our web-site,
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Fresh Look Coming Soon
Despite our summer slowdown, many TEAM PG volunteers are still working to serve the community. TEAM Punta Gorda was happy to assist the Charlotte County Department of Facilities in convening a group to select new paint colors for the Charlotte County Event Center, which crowns the gateway to Punta Gorda. Betsy Spagnolo Chaired the Event Center committee. A work group was formed and the job was completed this week. Their recommendations will now go to the County Commissioners for approval.
'Yak Launch
Bill Wood and Wes DeMott have been working with the City to develop improved kayak launching facilities in Punta Gorda. They met with Punta Gorda planning staff as well as the engineer working on the Ponce Park design to see how kayak launch sites could be incorporated into the plan.

Our loyal group of TEAM Punta Gorda volunteers keeps those yellow bikes serviced and rolling down the Harborwalk all summer long.
Loaner Bikes

Seats Still Available on TEAM's Dragon Boat

TEAM Punta Gorda will be participating in the Dragon Boat races again this year.  If interested in participating please email Sue Carman at

The first 20 people to complete registration and pay the $40 fee will secure their spot on the Dragon Boat.  We will have a wait list of alternate paddlers.  If someone has to cancel before October 1st an alternate paddler will reimburse your $40 and take your spot.  If canceling after October 1st your money will not be refunded and an alternate paddler will take your spot.  TEAM Punta Gorda will provide t-shirts for everyone so when you register please advise your t-shirt size. 

We will provide a tent, water and snacks.  We will have a TEAM meeting October 2 at 6PM at Charlotte County Foundation Building 227 Sullivan Street in Punta Gorda.  There will be Community Team practices at Laishley Marina on October 21 and 22, the weekend prior to the festival, as well as on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, October 25-27. High Five Dragon Boats LLC will be running the practices as well as the festival races on Saturday the 28th!  All paddlers need to be available for practice.
        Race Day is October 28, 2017!

Don't miss your chance for this fun filled day!  Contact Sue Carman to secure your spot on the Dream TEAM Dragon Boat.

        For more information on the actual race go to

Parting Shot
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