City of Punta Gorda Closures
In the effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community the City of Punta Gorda will temporarily close all of its buildings to the public effective at the close of business on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The offices will remain staffed during regular business hours 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This includes Historic City Hall, City Hall Annex, Public Works and Utilities Campus. An employee will be available in the City Hall Annex to assist residents and stakeholders with deliveries and accessing City services.
The Public Safety Building lobby will remain open, but the front desk will not. The Fire Department sharps container exchange and prescription medication drop box will still be available in the lobby. A phone allowing the public to contact our dispatch center will be available, but we encourage the public to use this only if other means of contact are not feasible. If you need to make a non-emergency report, please call 941-639-4111 from your home or cell phone whenever possible. For emergencies dial 911.
Members of the public who come into the lobby to make a non-emergency report that does not require an officer response will be asked to provide a cell phone number and to wait outside or in their vehicle. An officer will contact them by phone to take the report. If a cell phone is not available they will be transferred to an officer via the lobby phone and the officer will take the report. If an officer response is necessary they will be asked to wait outside or in their vehicle and an officer will respond to take the report. Officers will not enter the lobby and members of the public will not be brought into the secure portion of the police department absent an emergency situation or when the officer determines it is absolutely necessary.
The Records Unit window will be closed. Public records requests can be made using our online portal by visiting www.pgpdrecords.com or by mail by sending the request to PGPD Records Unit, 1410 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, Florida 33950.
Additionally, the following closures are in place in the City of Punta Gorda; the Gilchrist Park playground, Laishley Park Interactive Fountain, Bailey Brothers Park playground and exercise equipment, Cooper Street Recreation facilities, Gilchrist Pickleball Courts, Gilchrist Park Tennis and Basketball Courts, Ponce Park Playground, Linear Park outdoor exercise equipment and the Hounds on Henry Dog Park. Fishing piers, benches and picnic pavilions that are outside of locked areas are open for use, but social distancing measures need to be practiced and no groups larger than 10 will be allowed to gather. The Punta Gorda Pathways and Harborwalk are open with the same social distancing necessity. Boat ramps at Ponce Park and Laishley Park remain open.
Staff is available via online services, telephone, email or physical mail. A drop box for utility payments is available in the parking lot behind the City Hall Annex. The complete list of online services can be accessed at www.CityofPuntaGordaFl.com/i-want-to and phone/email directory is available at http://www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us/i-want-to-/advanced-components/list-detail-pages/phone-directory or simply call (941) 575-3302 to have your call connected to the department of your choice.