WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS REPORT 12/11/09
TEAM Punta Gorda, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce and Fisherman’s Village worked
together to develop a branding concept for the City entitled “Punta Gorda – It’s Happening On
The Harbor”. The brand reflects the significance of Charlotte Harbor to the city environs and the
diverse events, activities, lifestyle and quality of life that the community has to offer. The
concept was presented to the City boards and committees, all of whom accepted the brand. It is
also in line with the City’s adopted FY 2010 Strategic Plan,
which includes an objective to work with partner
organizations to market the City’s assets. The entire effort
resulted in a cost avoidance of approximately $60,000, if it
was done by an outside consultant. The brand as shown will
be before the City Council at their December 16 meeting and
recommended for approval.
At the December 9 United Way of Charlotte County Board of Directors Meeting, it was
announced that the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition received a grant in the amount of
$113,945 from federal emergency shelter funds. These monies will be used to support
operations throughout the coming year and couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.
The Fall/Winter 2009 edition of The CITYHALLways, the City’s online newsletter, is available
for viewing under What’s New on the City’s website www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us. This edition
contains articles on topics such as Neighborhood Marine Watch, 2010 Census, H1N1 Flu and
whole lot more.
The City received three proposals for interim management and/or use of the Bayfront Center –
Charlotte County YMCA, Sail & Power Squadron and Woodcarvers. Council will discuss the
proposals at their December 16 meeting.
Also at their December 16 meeting, Council will discuss home occupations and revisions to
special exception criteria. In zoning it is customary to have certain uses that may be compatible
in a commercial zoning district, but an additional review via the special exception process is
deemed necessary to ensure that the use will not be detrimental to the surrounding area. It may
also be necessary to establish separate special exemption criteria for a home occupation in a
residentially zoned neighborhood that would not be applicable to a request in a commercially
At their joint City/County meeting, Council Members and Commissioners directed staff develop
a list of potential economic development incentives along with funding alternatives. These
opportunities will be presented at the next joint meeting or at an earlier special workshop,
pending completion of material.
The South County Gateway Project, a joint effort of County, City and TEAM Punta Gorda, is
moving forward with projected public meetings with property owners along US 41 in January
2010. Consideration of an overlay district along US 41 as the first priority will address such
issues as landscaping, signage and other development-related standards.
City staff met with the Punta Gorda Chamber and members of the business community to discuss
temporary promotional signs and business event signage for the upcoming ordinance
amendment. The City is requesting your input on temporary signs for business events and
promotions. A questionnaire is available on the City’s website at http://www.ci.punta-
gorda.fl.us/depts/growthmgmt/zoning.html. Please complete the survey and email to the Zoning
Official at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Works Department
Downtown Flooding Improvements: The project is 56% complete. Parking for Kiddieland has
been temporarily moved to the grass area east of Kiddieland. Work continues on Chasteen St.
Public Works/Utility Campus: The storefront windows have been installed. Drywall
installation is near completion; electrical & air conditioning work is ongoing. Site work
continues. Relocation is anticipated for mid-January.
Monaco Dr. Sidewalk Extension along Walgreens: Concrete bases for the decorator lights &
curb have been formed & poured along Monaco Dr.
High Mast Roadway Lighting Maintenance & Repair: Formal bids opened 12/02/09; contract
award is pending.
U.S. 41 – Pompano – Shreve Improvements: A coordination meeting was held to develop a
maintenance of traffic plan to accommodate the traveling public and allow contract work to
proceed in coordination with construction of the Aqui Esta project. Banks Engineering has
commenced staking out the project. Wright Construction, Inc. will begin construction January
2010 and conclude work by May 2010.
U.S. 41 @ Monaco Dr. to Aqui Esta Bike Path: City, County, American Consulting Engineers
& Gulf Paving staff are working together to resolve a design error pedestrian signal conflict at
the cross walks of U.S. 41 and Monaco Drive. The Engineer of Record submitted the traffic
signal design revision for review & approval; pending is response from the FDOT. Once the plan
is approved, the contractor will complete the wiring connections and activate the pedestrian
signal heads upon inspection.
U.S. 41 SB from Carmalita to Marion Ave. Landscaping: Vila & Son, Inc. continues to
remove sod between curb and sidewalk, placing shell base, brick pavers and performing top soil
removal. The anticipated construction completion date is 12/18/09.
Linear Park Ph. I Retta – Olympia Ave.: Pre-bid meeting scheduled for 12/10/09.
Linear Park Ph. II: Mandatory pre-bid meeting scheduled for 12/28/09.
Retta Esplanade Road Extension: 100% plans & FDOT permits on file. Procurement is
working on bid documents for solicitation.
Punta Gorda Isles Canal Maintenance:
City crews have formed & poured 40 new seawall slabs in the Canal Maintenance yard to be
used on future seawall replacement projects.
City crews have filled sinkholes at 30 different locations.
The backfill work has been completed at Lot 10/11 Freeport Ct. & at 268 Lewis Circle backfill
work commenced on 12/10/09.
The seawall has been replaced at 3311 / 3329 Woodthrush. At Lot 19 Spoonbill, Lot 13
Whippoorwill, and 1234 / 1238 Royal Tern new seawalls have been installed. The seawalls have
been set and cap poured at 2160 Via Esplanade & 1235 Royal Tern. Seawall replacement is
underway at 1446 Casey Key Dr.
Seawall cap work is completed at Lot 12 Whippoorwill, 3239 Purple Martin Dr., and 1675 Via
Bianca. At 1309 Columbian Dr. and 501 Bal Harbor, the seawall caps have been poured; recap
work is in progress at 497 Bal Harbor.
Burnt Store Isles Canal Maintenance:
City crews have repaired seawall caps at 30 different locations. These repairs were found not
bad enough for cap replacement at this time.
Inlet dredging around the perimeter canal has been completed.
Recap work is completed at 3524 DiLeuca & at 3420 Tripoli.
The seawall has been set at 705 Antalya with cap work ongoing.
Seawall Failures, Weekend of December 5-6, 2009:
Due to the heavy rains and coupled with low tides, a number of seawalls have failed. These
walls will have priority over those on the list for replacement in order to protect the property
from further damage. If a wall is down in your area and it does not appear on the list below for
replacement, please call Public Works at 941-575-5050 and report the location immediately.
Following are the locations that have been reported and scheduled for replacement:
Punta Gorda Isles Burnt Store Isles
1234 & 1238 Royal Tern Dr. Lot 110, Block 271 Elisa
2840 Magdalina Dr. 705 Antalya
2310 Palm Tree 3607 South Crete Dr.
2600 & 2606 Parisian 476 & 480 Macedonia
1412 Grebe Ct. Total of seawall to be replaced: 300 ft.
3800 Bal Harbor Blvd. (Villas of Bal
Lots 32 & 33, Block 149 Casey Key Dr.
1075 Bal Harbor Blvd.
2138 & 2144 Charlotte Amalie
3400 St. Croix Dr.
Total of seawall to be replaced: 684 ft.
The resurfacing program continues. Street paving has occurred on Dupont St. from Charlotte
Ave. to Railroad. The contractor is installing pavement markings. Residents and drivers are
asked to use caution when in the areas of the resurfacing project. If there are any questions,
please contact Public Works at 941-575-5050 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Parking blocks were installed in Laishley Park by the Interactive Fountain.
Charlotte County Rotary has donated 24 bikes to the children who attend Cooper Street Center.
Community Services Officers will be at the Center on Saturday, December 12, fitting bike
helmets and registering bikes. Once these tasks are completed, the officers are sponsoring a bike
rodeo for area children.
A routine canine drug sniff was conducted at Charlotte High School on Thursday. Desoto
County and Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office canines assisted. Approximately 80 vehicles were
checked and no narcotics were located.
Department received the entire allotment of grant-funded Tasers this week. The forty (40) Tasers
and accompanying equipment were funded through a $47,000 Recovery Act Justice Assistance
Grant that the agency applied for in 2009. Taser deployment is slated for early 2010 when
agency policies have been established and training conducted.
Police volunteers worked a total of 566 hours in November:
Marine Patrol 110 hours Records 222.5 hours
Traffic Control 26.5 hours Administration 103.5 hours
Parking Enforcement 35 hours Training 68 hours
Growth Management Department
On December 8, Urban Design Staff teamed up with the Charlotte County Extension Service for
the second of three free public workshops on Palm Trees. This session focused on Palm Disease,
Disorders, and Nutrient Deficiencies. The final session is Tuesday, December 15 from 10 a.m. to
11:00 a.m. and will feature Dr. Tim Broschat, renowned UF/IFAS Palm Specialist who will host
a live one hour Q&A session live via PolyCom! The program is funded through a US Forestry
Grant the City received and is open to employees, residents and contractors within the City and
County. Pre-registration is required as seating is limited. For more information see the flyer on
the City’s Website under What’s New or call 941-764-4340.
Staff attended a Project Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) Meeting for the Charlotte
County-Punta Gorda MPO project, “Integrating Hazard Mitigation into MPO Long-Range
Transportation Planning.” The meeting detailed available options for how to better address
hazard mitigation in its transportation planning. The end product will be useful for the City, the
County, other local governments and MPOs to facilitate the development of improved local
comprehensive plans and MPO Long Range Transportation Plans. The final report will be
completed in September 2010.
Department "Relay for Life" team has entered into a partnership with Wendy's Restaurants to
enhance fund raising efforts. The team will be distributing vouchers which when presented to a
Wendy’s cashier along with an order for any combo meal, will result in a fifty cent contribution
to the "Relay for Life" fund raising efforts. Everybody has to eat, so while you are out running
around why not stop and get some good fresh Wendy's food and help out "Rely for Life" at the
same time. We will also be having a fund raising night after the first of the year at our local
Wendy's down on Jones Loop.
Reminder to residents…If you see a “red light” on at any of the City’s Lift Stations please call
the Utilities Department emergency number at 575-5070.
Water Treatment Plant
Currently the treated water has 18 Grains of Total Hardness. Hardness is a measurement of the
calcium and magnesium ions naturally occurring in the raw water. At the current level the City’s
water is considered “very hard”.
Moody’s Investors Service reaffirmed the City A1 rating for its Water and Sewer System. The
rating reflects sound financial management and willingness to implement a rate adjustment
coupled with expenditure reductions to place the system in a sound financial position.
Billing and Collections Division will be relocating their office to the 2nd Floor of the City Hall
Annex Building during the first full week in January 2010. Effective January 1, payments
remitted by mail should be sent to City of Punta Gorda Billing and Collections Office, 126
Harvey Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. Credit card payments can be made through the City’s
website www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us or by calling 941-639-2528. Automatic bank drafting can be
done at no charge and is easy to establish. Simply download an authorization form from Billing
and Collections page of the City’s website, email email@example.com, or call the
office at the number above. A drop box will be made available on the east side of the
Government Center parking lot for check payments. Please DO NOT put cash in the drop box.
Utility payments made in cash and all applications for new service installations should be
brought in to the Billing and Collections office at for proper receipting.
Volunteers interested in serving on the City’s Boards and Committees can download an
Appointment Information Form and submit same to the City Clerk’s Office for consideration.
Board and Committee Vacancies
Building Board Alternate (2 vacancies) - Meets the 4th Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. in City Council
Chambers. Makes recommendations to City Council on minimum qualifying requirements for
obtaining Certificates of Competency in the various construction trades and the fees for same.
Periodically reviews and holds public hearings on all building, electrical, plumbing, housing,
gas, fire prevention and other related codes. Reviews enforcement of all codes relating to
construction standards and acts as condemnation board in matters of violation of minimum
standards. Hears alleged complaints against contractors.
Code Enforcement Board - Meets the 4th Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in City Council Chambers.
Hears and decides alleged violations of the City Code of Ordinances.
Revitalization Committee (2 vacancies) - Meets the 3rd Monday at 9:30 a.m. in City Council
Chambers. Makes recommendations to City Council regarding the physical improvements
related to the CRA and Master Plan 2000 areas.