CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (December 22, 2014) – Today, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau announced grants have been awarded by the Florida Sports Foundation for two events being held in Charlotte County in 2015. The USA BMX Sunshine State Nationals and the Snowbird Baseball Classic will each receive $5,000.

Anticipated out-of-state economic impact is the primary criteria for awarding grants. Estimated direct expenditures for the Snowbird Baseball Classic, scheduled for Feb. 13 – April 1, is $6 million while the USA BMX Sunshine State Nationals set for Feb. 13 – 15 is anticipated to generate an estimated $1 million in both in-state and out of state direct expenditures.

Previous events held in Charlotte County that have received grants from the Florida Sports Foundation include the Snowbird Baseball Classic, Redfish Cup, Women’s Golden Gloves National Boxing Championships, and the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships. The Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau will be applying for a grant for the recently awarded F18 Americas Regatta scheduled for Oct. 17-25 at Port Charlotte Beach Park.

The Florida Sports Foundation grants are reimbursable and will go toward offsetting costs such as equipment rental, facility rental, and rights fees. The grant pool is funded through the sale of the nine professional sports teams license plates.

About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014 Port Charlotte has been named the top U.S. Best Value Destination by trivago, the world’s largest online hotel search site, and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA).

For more information on visiting Charlotte Harbor visit or call1-800-652-6090.


Jennifer Huber
Tourism Public Relations Manager
Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau
(941) 743-1900

Mary Jane Kolassa / Cindy Dobyns
Above Water Public Relations & Marketing
(407) 463-0040 / (239) 596-9149  /

Charlotte Harbor Visitor 
& Convention Bureau
18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B104
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
941-743-1900, FAX: 941-764-4932