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Have You Heard: November 2015

Punta Gorda Founders' Day Week

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 8:43 AM by Have You Heard

Punta Gorda Founders Day WeekPunta Gorda Founders' Day Week 2015 is Tuesday, December 1 through Monday, December 7! This annual celebration of those who founded and developed this historic city—incorporated on December 7, 1887—kicks off Punta Gorda’s Christmas Season. Events of the week include: 

Tuesday, December 1

  • 5:00 pm: History/Sunset Cruise on the Kingfisher. Adult tickets: $19.95 + tax, childrem 3–11: $9.98 + tax, anyone under 3 years: free. For more information or to make reservations, call 941.639.0969.
  • 5:30–7:30 pm: Mix it Up with History at the History Park to kick off Team Punta Gorda’s Community Garden with refreshments, entertainment and history-themed scavenger hunt. 

Thank You

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 3:24 PM by Have You Heard

A Million Thanks to You, Our Partners Thank You

The Bureau thanks those who generously donated their time and services to accommodate visiting journalists within the past month:

Englewood Beach Waterfest FAQs

Monday, November 16, 2015 12:36 PM by Have You Heard

Englewood Beach WaterfestEnglewood Beach Waterfest FAQs
What you need to know:

The Race Village Passport includes bus transportation, parking and specials at participating businesses. It cannot be purchased from a bus driver; must be purchased at one of the locations listed below, at the Englewood chamber, or at http://englewoodbeachwaterfest.com. Note: if you purchase online, you will pick up your Passport at the Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce at 601 S. Indiana Ave. in Englewood. The Chamber will be open over the weekend: call 941.474.5511 for hours.

Handicap Access: SCAT and Dial-a-Ride buses can accommodate wheelchairs. SCAT buses will only pick up in Sarasota county parking lots (north of Prospect Ave.) and are only available on Sunday, November 22. For all other wheelchair accessible buses, call Dial-a-Ride at 941.575.4000.

Lost Child Protocol: Visit the Information Booth at the Race Village entrance.

No dogs allowed; no coolers allowed   ~   No WiFi access or device (phones, tablets) charging stations.

First aid stations will be clearly marked, and EMTs will be on hand   ~   Don't forget your drinking water and sunscreen!


Budweiser Clydesdales Schedule:

Thursday, Nov. 19: around 5:00 pm, the Waterfest Parade, Dearborn Street, Englewood

At Englewood Beach:

Friday, Nov. 20: single horse hitch between 6:00–8:00 pm
Saturday, Nov. 21: full hitch between 2:00–4:00 pm
Sunday, Nov. 22: single horse between noon–2:00 pm


Visit http://englewoodbeachwaterfest.com/ for full schedule of events and locations, television coverage details and to purchase a Race Village Passport!

About the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast

Florida's premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty. The area has hosted seven major feature films, been featured on SAIL magazine's list of the "10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States," ranked by Golf Digest as the "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." For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau, 1700 Tamiami Trail, Suite G-2, Port Charlotte, FL; 941-743-1900, or call toll free at 1-800-652-6090 for a free Visitor's Guide; or visit the Web site at CharlotteHarborTravel.com.