Hello again from Punta Gorda, FL or as I like to call it Paradise!
Here in Punta Gorda, FL we enjoy living in the 2nd safest community in Florida. I attended a lunch the other day where the Punta Gorda, Chief of Police, Butch Arenal, was the guest speaker. His report confirmed why all of us residents here go about our daily lives without any thoughts of crime or harm of any kind coming to ourselves, our families or friends. The Chief presented stats to prove his claims to being one of the safest communities, not just in Florida, but in the entire United States. I won't post any of the numbers but I did get a kick out of this one. We came in behind Marco Island as the safest community. We had 7 more bike thefts last year than Marco so we came in 2nd! The Chief said they are "cracking down" on the bike thieves so hopefully Punta Gorda will be THE safest community next year! The Chief's, and his department's philosophy is they live here too, and treat our residents the way they would want to be treated. It's very different from other departments in neighboring communities. All of the Punta Gorda Officers are so courteous and respectful, and grateful to work for the City of Punta Gorda.
Watching all the crime around the country and particularly in larger cities, it is a blessing to live in an area like Charlotte County here is Southwest Florida. We go downtown on weekends and not once in the 11 years we have lived here have I ever had any situations late at night where we felt unsafe going back to the car from a restaurant or event. My wife and I are Baby Boomers and lived on the Southeast Coast of Florida for 28 years before finding paradise, Punta Gorda. Over there people live in constant concern, (and fear) about being a victim of some crime. It is so nice not to have to worry about that here, in our little city. As we all get older, or families with children, living in a safe community in today's world is a priority in finding a new home. As it should be. Come join us, you will understand the peace and tranquility we enjoy here in Punta Gorda, FL.