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In with the new
Fri  Aug 29 2014 06:23PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Cultural Center of Charlotte County board of trustees on Thursday elected new leadership for the longtime community hub. By a unanimous vote, current board president K. … Find out how to read more online.
Governor visits Vineland Elementary
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
ROTONDA WEST — “If you like lots of pizza and ice cream, and want to eat dinner with the President and First Lady once a year, you could be the … Find out how to read more online.
Local man faces new child sex charges
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A Port Charlotte man faces four counts of lewd or lascivious exhibition after authorities say he repeatedly masturbated in front of a teenage girl, according to the … Find out how to read more online.
Some hope for short Springs outage
Fri  Aug 29 2014 02:16PM
NORTH PORT — Although the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, staff said the city’s plan to obtain full ownership of the Springs could allow … Find out how to read more online.
Nevins, first bishop of Venice diocese, dies
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — The Most Rev. John Nevins, founding bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, died Tuesday. He was 82. The death was announced in a press statement from … Find out how to read more online.
Hancik soars past Lee
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
After nearly 16 years on the Charlotte County Airport Authority, Don Lee lost the District 2 Seat to an experienced challenger in Tuesday’s Republican primary. Robert Hancik, who was a … Find out how to read more online.
Swift maintains School Board post
Tue  Aug 26 2014 09:52PM
Charlotte County School Board veteran Lee Swift had plenty of votes to retain his seat for a sixth term with 66.3 percent (11,842) of the vote. Anthony Verdin had 33.6 … Find out how to read more online.
Fawcett helps aspiring nurses
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Randy Castillo, the drummer for Ozzy Osbourne and Mötley Crüe who passed away from cancer in 2002, once remarked, “The nurses were all angels in my eyes.” No statement could … Find out how to read more online.
Fawcett helps aspiring nurses
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Randy Castillo, the drummer for Ozzy Osbourne and Mötley Crüe who passed away from cancer in 2002, once remarked, “The nurses were all angels in my eyes.” No statement could … Find out how to read more online.
‘Idol’ singer makes winning proposal
Mon  Aug 25 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Michael White wooed the crowd Friday night during the Charlotte Idol competition, snagging first place. But the wooing was taken a step further when the 35-year-old singer … Find out how to read more online.
Student numbers drop
Mon  Aug 25 2014 08:00AM
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that per-student spending should be the highest in the state’s history next year. However, the news comes around the same time the Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Ferguson cartoon no laughing matter to NAACP
Sun  Aug 24 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Members of the local branch of the NAACP tried to shed some light Saturday on the dark shadow cast by recent events in Ferguson, Mo., for the … Find out how to read more online.
Always digging
Sun  Aug 24 2014 08:00AM
Mike Gandy, Kurt Mehl and Mike Vogel technically hold part-time positions, but their jobs never stop. The three detectives — with more than 100 years of combined experience in various … Find out how to read more online.
Track not up to ‘Speed’
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:36PM
Racing enthusiasts who’ve been eagerly awaiting the sport’s return to a local track now have a bit longer to wait. The new owners of the former Punta Gorda Speedway — … Find out how to read more online.
Track not up to ‘Speed’
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:35PM
PUNTA GORDA — Racing enthusiasts who’ve been eagerly awaiting the sport’s return to a local track now have a bit longer to wait. The new owners of the former Punta … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man has sex with boy while mom asleep
Sat  Aug 23 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 32-year-old North Port man has been accused of having sex with a boy half his age, while the boy’s mother was asleep in the same bedroom. … Find out how to read more online.
Tax extension would lighten city’s funding concerns
Fri  Aug 22 2014 08:00AM

Facility improvements (Punta Gorda)

Energy-efficient light bulbs in and around city buildings $500,000

Public Safety training room modernization $12,751

Public Safety communication center modernization $36,000

Public Safety perimeter parking lot lighting $18,000

Total: $566,751

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‘Loop’ nearly official
Thu  Aug 21 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Now the real work begins. With the Punta Gorda City Council on Wednesday amending its comprehensive plan and zoning to accommodate 204 acres known as “The Loop,” … Find out how to read more online.
North Port OKs Springs contract
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners unanimously approved Sarasota County’s contract offer to sell its half of the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa for $2.75 million, plus closing costs, on Friday, … Find out how to read more online.
Sales tax would fund new library
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM

COST

Officials propose a brand new 24,000-square-foot community library to be built on roughly 6 acres of city-owned land, across from the History Park near Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda. …

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Rotonda III takes its turn
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — While the two sides mull possible appeals in the Rotonda II sewer case, the wheels of justice continue to grind in the next Rotonda lawsuit. Rotonda III … Find out how to read more online.
Safron’s legacy, life remembered
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
Someone once wrote that when the time comes for you to leave this Earth, if it doesn’t become a lesser place with your absence, then you have wasted your life. … Find out how to read more online.
Woman’s belongings stuck in legal limbo
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A 59-year-old woman will continue living out of her pickup after a court hearing at the Charlotte County Justice Center on Wednesday didn’t go her way. Lorraine … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioners conquer
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Despite several controversial votes in the months leading up to Tuesday’s primary election, both Charlotte County Commission incumbents were victorious Tuesday in their respective Republican races. District … Find out how to read more online.
Benacquisto is heading back to Tallahassee
Tue  Aug 26 2014 10:58PM
State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto is heading back to Tallahassee for four more years. Benacquisto, a Fort Myers Republican, defeated Bokeelia Republican Michael Dreikorn in the state Senate District 30 election. … Find out how to read more online.
Swift gets one more term on School Board
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County voters have given longtime School Board member Lee Swift the chance to serve what the 66-year-old has said will be his sixth and last term. The incumbent of … Find out how to read more online.
Mobile job center rolls into Punta Gorda
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — It’s been a tough year for Jamie Donaldson. A vicious fire charged through the man’s house a few months back, taking with it all of his belongings, … Find out how to read more online.
Pets, owners can breathe easier
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County pet owners can breathe a sigh of relief now that all fire engines will carry pet oxygen masks. “In my 20 years in the fire service, I’ve seen … Find out how to read more online.
Early voting sparse
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:00AM
Though early votes cast for Charlotte County’s 2014 primary election were down 41 percent from the last non-presidential primary election, officials aren’t worried about today’s voter turnout. “The numbers don’t … Find out how to read more online.
Wyld served 41 years in Navy Reserve aboard 21 ships
Mon  Aug 25 2014 08:00AM
During his 41 years in the Naval Reserve, Chief Warrant Officer-4 Bill Wyld Jr. may have served on more ships than just about anyone in the service. From 1948 until … Find out how to read more online.
School districts worked to prepare for new standards
Sun  Aug 24 2014 08:00AM
Over the summer, Sarasota County School District superintendent Lori White said district teachers spent more than 30,000 hours of training. While it wasn’t all geared toward the new Florida State … Find out how to read more online.
25 dogs removed from area home
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:35PM
NORTH PORT — Authorities removed 25 dogs — mostly Weimaraners — from a home Friday morning on the 6600 block of Kenwood Avenue, after Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies served the … Find out how to read more online.
New rig for city, county
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:35PM
PUNTA GORDA — City and county officials held a dedication ceremony Friday for one of the more important additions to the community — a shiny new ambulance. “It’s a great … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda II appeals on horizon
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:35PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — In the heady moments after a jury issued a favorable judgment for damages in the Rotonda II sewer case, county attorneys stood on the steps outside the … Find out how to read more online.
Memorial marker can stay
Fri  Aug 22 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Wednesday, Charlie Moore added fresh mulch near the memorial marker of his only daughter, Valerie, who died at 17 in a crash along U.S. 41 in 2005. Moore, … Find out how to read more online.
‘Gator’ show snags viewers
Thu  Aug 21 2014 08:00AM
LAKE SUZY — Arcadia resident Jayson Franklin knows a lot about hunting alligators. That is why when Eric Young, host of Animal Planet’s adventure fishing series “Off the Hook — … Find out how to read more online.