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Mission Statement

To enhance Punta Gorda’s identity as a vibrant waterfront community, unique in character and history, and one of the most desirable places to live, work and visit.


City Council

The City of Punta Gorda has a City Council/City Manager form of government. The City Council is the legislative branch of City Government and operates in accordance with the provisions of the Charter of the City of Punta Gorda. The City Council is responsible for enacting ordinances and resolutions that the City Manager of Punta Gorda administers as the Administrative Officer of City Government.

Five Councilmembers are elected by the voters of Punta Gorda to serve for a two-year term. Councilmembers are elected at-large in staggered terms. Elections are held in November. The Mayor and Vice-Mayor are elected by the City Council at the first meeting held after an election.

The Mayor presides at all meetings and performs duties delegated to the Mayor by the City Council. City Council meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month, at 9:00 a.m. in Council Chambers (located on the first floor of City Hall). Meetings are open to the public. In addition, the meeting is broadcast on Charlotte County TV20 on Sundays at 12 p.m. To add an item on a Council Agenda, please contact the City Manager's office at 575-3302. Requests for proclamations should be directed to the City Clerk's office at 575-3369.

City Council Service Boards and Committees

City Councilmembers represent the City on the following Boards and Committees:

Arts & Humanities Council
(Councilmember - contact person only)
Serves all art disciplines through service to cultural groups and individual artists by encouraging and facilitating greater and more efficient use of governmental and private resources for the development and support of the arts. – Represented by Councilmember Tom Cavanaugh

Charlotte County Airport Authority
(Councilmember or Designee)
Responsible for all aspects with regard to oversight of the Airport operations. – Represented by Councilmember Nancy Prafke

Charlotte County Domestic Violence Task Force
(Councilmember or Designee)
Establish an approach that will educate the community, coordinate services and develop a response system for all victims of domestic violence. – Represented by Interim Police Chief Tom Lewis

Environmental education, recreation to Charlotte County and its visitors, research environmental studies. Meet to discuss funding, budgeting, grant applications, grants received, approve any new contracts, expenditures, organization workings of CHEC. This is a not for profit organization. – Represented by Councilmember Rachel Keesling

Community Action Agency Advisory Board
(Councilmember or Designee)
To develop and recommend policies to better serve the low-income residents of Charlotte County. – Represented by Human Resources Manager Phil Wickstrom

Economic Development Task Force
Formed by the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce at the request of City Council to work toward increased economic development and possible incentives. Represented by Councilmember Nancy Prafke and City Manager Kunik

Metropolitan Planning Organization
(Elected Official)
Primary agency responsible for transportation planning in Charlotte County. – Represented by Councilmember Tom Cavanaugh with Councilmember Nancy Prafke as alternate

National Estuary Program
(Policy, Councilmember; Management, Citizen; Technical, Staff)
Federally funded EPA project. Committee is to produce a long range management plan for Charlotte Harbor and it's watershed. - Represented by Councilmember Gary Wein

Punta Gorda Housing Authority
(Councilmember - attends meetings as liaison)
Establishes policies and goals for the housing program and to monitor the overall operation of the authority. – Represented by Councilmember Kim Devine

Southwest Florida League of Cities
(Elected or Appointed Official)
For the study of City problems through promotion of improvements of City government and efficient administration. Provides mutual assistance in the solution of City problems. Promote communications, exchange ideas & experience in successful methods of local administration. Strives to create greater civic consciousness among citizens and to encourage & work for the welfare of the Cities of Southwest Florida. – Represented by Councilmember Rachel Keesling with Councilmember Kim Devine as alternate

Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council
(Elected official)
To protect and improve the Region's physical, economic and social environment. – Represented by Councilmember Gary Wein

Tourist Development Council
(per FL Statute: 2 Elected Officials or one Elected Official and one Designee)
Works to promote tourism in Charlotte County. – Represented by Councilmembers Rachel Keesling and Kim Devine


City Hall
326 West Marion Ave.
Punta Gorda, FL. 33950
Tel. (941) 575-3369
Fax. (941) 575-3365
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