Photo: A. C. Freeman House, 639 East Hargreaves Ave, Punta Gorda, FL, ca. 1903. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Photographed by user:Wknight94 (own work), 2006, [cc-by-3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed October, 2012.
Punta Gorda City Hall is located at 326 West Marion Way, Punta Gorda, FL 33950.
Punta Gorda is the county seat of Charlotte County.
The year 1884 marked the beginning of Punta Gorda when, on the instructions of subdivision founder Isaac Trabue, surveyor Kelley B. Harvey laid out streets and blocks along the Peace River that would become the City of Punta Gorda.
Today, Punta Gorda boasts a small town atmosphere in approximately thirty-two square miles of land and water. It is located on the southwestern coast of Florida about one hundred miles south of Tampa and twenty-five miles north of Fort Myers. Like most South Florida communities Punta Gorda grew in the boom and bust cycle in keeping with the trends of irrational exuberance and depression, of war and peace and prosperity.
Then in 2004 the City of Punta Gorda received a direct landfall hit from Hurricane Charley. With sustained winds in excess of one hundred and twenty-five miles per hour the City encountered extensive damage during the relatively brief, period of extreme conditions. The cost of Hurricane Charley included a significant loss in the City's stock housing and commercial buildings.