In 1980, I was in the printing equipment industry based in Atlanta ,GA when I received a call from a customer who wanted to buy a printing press. He told me he lived in Punta Gorda, FL; I said where is Punta Gorda? He laughed and said everyone asks the same question. He told me I had to fly into Tampa and drive south on Tamiami Trail (US 41) and it would take me right into the waterfront community of Punta Gorda. So I flew into Tampa, rented a car and drove down US 41, which was a rather boring drive to Punta Gorda. It was a beautiful day but still a booring drive untill I reached the long Gilchrist Bridge going over the wide Peace River. As I started to go up over the bridge, Charlotte Harbor and Punta Gorda came into full view, I said to myself "where the hell am I", it was gorgeous. A large harbor with sailboats on it, blue skies, white billowing clouds, palm trees on the far shore and there was the waterfront community of Punta Gorda. The beauty and serenity was breathtaking and I knew before I reached the other side of the bridge some day I would live in Punta Gorda.
I meet with my customer for lunch in the waterfront Holiday Inn and we discussed printing press business for a few hours. For the next 3-4 hours we talked about Punta Gorda. I purchased our first waterfront lot in Punta Gorda Isles, within the next 6 months and we built our first house. Since then we have bought and sold several properties and now live on a waterfront sailboat tip lot with a gorgeous view and only minutes to open water. Oh, by the way, you too can have your boat moored right at your back door if you wish.
Punta Gorda is a wonderful place to live. Weather you enjoy boating, fishing, golf, all sorts of community activities or just getting together with friends to enjoy the Punta Gorda lifestyle, it can't be beat. There are so many interesting and fun things to do here, if you can't find something enjoyable, it's your own fault. I often ask myself, is this "Brigadoon"? Come visit, you'll see!