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Nancy Morris, Editor                                                                           June, 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

Nancy Johnson
A Message from TEAM CEO

Is Not Too Soon to Plan for Fall
It's that time of year again. It's the time of year when many of our volunteers head north! It was a busy and highly productive season and planning is already underway for Fall 2017. As usual, we're all about the partnerships and the volunteers that make our productivity possible.
Pedal and Play in Paradise had 583 riders this year and earned $9,000 profit, the most ever. Not only was a good time had by all, but the money will give a boost to the Isles Yacht Club's Leukemia Cup total, a month-long funding campaign for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. A share of the revenue also funds TEAM Punta Gorda's Bicycle Friendly Communities Initiatives.
In 2017 we plan to lend a hand to our long time great partner, Charlotte Habitat for Humanity by providing the volunteers to build a Habitat house. Called TEAM Builds, excitement is high about this project. The very same tool-guys and gals who built the raised beds for the community gardens, are itching to get their tool belts out to support the community housing effort. TEAM has long been interested in the development of more community housing options. What better way than to show our support with volunteers?
This Fall, this same handy team will be expanding the number of raised beds available in the History Park Community Garden. The project has been a great success and has quite a long waiting list for garden plots. There is still plenty of remaining space inside our garden fence to build more beds and accommodate more gardens. This is a collaborative project with the city of Punta Gorda and the Punta Gorda Historical Society.
Beautify Punta Gorda is the name of the new partnership formed between the Punta Gorda Garden Club and TEAM Punta Gorda. Each year we'll select a public project and work together to improve a public area of the community. Future projects will likely include the remaining gardens at the Veterans Park and the welcome sign areas visible as you enter the City.
The TEAM Punta Gorda's Maritime Committee is busy researching kayak launching facilities and hopes to develop some sites over the coming months.
This year TEAM Punta Gorda will take a short break from June 15th to August 15th as many of our volunteers are not available in the summer. The free yellow bike program will still operate all summer and we'll still be glad to hear from you any time. If you think you'd like to help with any of our projects, or if you'd like to be a chair or co-chair of one of our committees, let us know. We'll be glad to meet with you to discuss the opportunities, large and small.

Introducing our new Office Administrator, Corinne Carlson
Dave and I moved to Port Charlotte in June of 2016 from Lindenhurst, IL. 
I was a Pricing Analyst for Becton Dickinson and Dave worked at the county as a GIS/IT tech. 
We are loving the Florida weather and working on our new home. We are very happy to join Team Punta Gorda and being able to take part in the many volunteer activities. 

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

Save the date for Paddle Punta Gorda 2017

Parting Shot
See you in September