Message from the Mayor

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Welcome and thank you for visiting  As Mayor, I invite you to explore all the amenities that our City has to offer. Although considered a “small” city by some (population just under 19,000), Punta Gorda is a vibrant waterfront community with a connected and relaxed lifestyle.
Punta Gorda is surrounded by the majestic Charlotte Harbor. Come and explore an active lifestyle, including a multitude of diverse activities such as cycling, golf, tennis, pickleball, or bird watching. We offer unprecedented access to the harbor for sailing, cruising, deep sea fishing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. You will find full-service marinas, boat launches, and piers, as well as beautiful waterfront parks and trails that run throughout the City. Punta Gorda is a true boater’s haven with a unique layout of neighborhoods on waterfront, canal lots.
The Punta Gorda Pathways consists of approximately 18 miles of bicycle and pedestrian trails that connect the City's neighborhoods, parks, and commercial areas. Come check out our free bicycle loaner program with locations throughout the City. As one of the oldest cities in Florida, we are proud to feature a National Register Historic District. Be sure to visit History Park where historic buildings are preserved for future generations to enjoy. Additionally, the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society, an organization whose mission it is to preserve the rich history of the City through the beauty of mural art, has to date, completed 30 murals as its contribution to the Florida Mural Trail.
Whether exploring on foot, by bicycle or in a car, a variety of local shopping and dining experiences can be found. You will find quintessential Florida hospitality here in our boutiques and specialty shops. From open-air, tiki bars to small romantic and upscale dining establishments, we have something to satisfy all of your food and beverage cravings. 

Looking to relocate your family or business, or planning a vacation to Punta Gorda?  We encourage you to connect to all the amenities available in the City by visiting  Here you will find beautiful imagery that captures the true essence of our community, coupled with enticing information to make Punta Gorda your location of choice. 

Punta Gorda is blessed to have an engaged citizenry. Together, with City Council and staff, we focus on maintaining a livable historic city and working as one to promote the business-friendly culture. It’s what makes Punta Gorda truly unique. Whether you are here for a day or you choose to call Punta Gorda home, we welcome you to enjoy Punta Gorda, Florida’s Harborside Hometown!

Nancy Prafke

View the State of the City Address