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  • Is there public parking available?

  • Should I trim my trees?

  • What shelters are open near me?

  • How can I tell what evacuation zone I'm in?

  • Is there a limit on the number of sandbags we can get?

  • Where can I apply to be a volunteer?

  • What is a Future Land Use Map?

  • What is a Zoning District?

  • What is zoning?

  • What is the City's millage rate?

  • What are two of the most important financial documents issued by a municipality?

  • What is the City's fiscal year?

  • When can the public provide input on the upcoming budget?

  • > How do I know who to contact in Human Resources?

  • > How do I notify my employer of a name change, or change of address or phone number?

  • > How do I make changes to my beneficiaries?

  • > I am considering resigning my employment with the City. How do I go about doing that?

  • > How do I change my paycheck withholding exemptions?

  • > How do I obtain a new ID card?

  • > How do I make changes to my accounts for direct deposit?

  • > Does the City promote from within? How do I bid on a promotion?

  • > Does the City offer employment that has multiple shifts? Does the City offer shift differential pay (premiums)?

  • > What are my benefits as an employee with the City of Punta Gorda?

  • > Will I receive my insurance identification (ID) cards in the mail?

  • > How can I get more detailed information about retirement?

  • > Who can I talk to about my benefits?

  • > When are my benefits effective?

  • > What do I need to do to add or delete a dependent?

  • > My medical/dental/vision insurance plan does not show coverage for me and/or my dependent(s). What should I do?

  • > How do I start/stop/change a 457 deferred compensation account?

  • > I have heard that I can join a local health club and have the dues deducted from my paycheck. Which health clubs allow me to do this? How do I sign up?

  • > How do I change/cancel my voluntary payroll deductions?

  • > What is FMLA Leave?

  • > Are there any eligibility requirements I must meet in order to qualify for FMLA Leave?

  • > What is the FMLA definition of a "serious health condition?"

  • > What is the maximum amount of leave I can take?

  • > Am I required to use my sick and vacation leave while I am on FMLA Leave?

  • > Will I continue to accrue benefits while I am out on FMLA Leave?

  • > Is my job protected while I am on FMLA leave?

  • > If my serious health condition extends beyond the twelve weeks of protected leave that is guaranteed by the FMLA, but I have sick and/or vacation leave still available that will enable my being able to continue to draw a paycheck during my absence, will I get my old job back when I am able to return to work?

  • > Do I need to request FMLA leave in writing?

  • > In order for my FMLA leave to be approved by the City, do I need a note from the doctor?

  • > How soon do I need to enroll a new child in health benefits?

  • > How will I get my paycheck while I am on FMLA leave?

  • > What kind of training does the City offer to its employees?

  • > Does the City offer any type of financial help to employees who want to take classes or improve their skills?

  • > If I take classes and improve my skills, will the City pay me a higher salary?

  • > If my job requires me to take training courses on a regular basis, will the City pay for it?

  • How do I schedule a special pick up?

  • How do I report a pothole?

  • How do I start the annexation process?

  • What is annexation?

  • Why is the City of Punta considering the annexation of a portion of unincorporated Charlotte County?

  • Has the City annexed unincorporated areas of Charlotte County before?

  • What does it cost for annexation?

  • Would my school district change?

  • Would my mailing address Change?

  • Will there be any disruption in my utility and other service delivery?

  • What happens if I have a violation?

  • What happens if the property does not come into compliance?

  • How do I know if I have a violation on my Property?

  • What is considered lack of maintenance to a structure?

  • Can I park a recreational vehicle (RV) in my driveway or on the public right-of-way?

  • Can I park boat or watercraft in my driveway or on the public right-of-way?

  • Can I park overnight on the public right-of-way?

  • Do I need an occupational license to do business in the City?

  • Do I need a permit for a garage/yard/estate sale?

  • Are there special rules for repairing a home in the Historic Residential District?

  • When do I need a construction/building permit?

  • Is outdoor storage permitted?

  • What is considered junk, trash, debris and litter?

  • What is considered high growth?

  • What is considered an unlicensed/ inoperable vehicle?

  • How do I report a street light problem?

  • When will "Vote by Mail" ballots be mailed out to voters?

  • If I do receive a contribution after I withdraw, become unopposed or after I am elected or eliminated, what do I do with it?

  • Who may serve as a campaign treasurer?

  • Can a candidate be his/her own campaign treasurer?

  • Can two candidates have a fund raiser together?

  • Can I put my campaign funds in a savings account and earn interest on them?

  • Can I accept contributions from people who do not reside in Florida?

  • Can I still accept contributions after I take office?

  • May I continue to accept contributions to pay a campaign debt after I lose or win an election?

  • If I am elected, defeated, unopposed, or withdraw my candidacy, what must I do with surplus funds?

  • Must I have a disclaimer on my campaign advertisements?

  • Can I accept anonymous contributions?

  • Can I accept cash contributions?

  • What is the cut-off date for an opposed candidate to receive a contribution prior to an election?

  • What is an in-kind contribution?

  • What are the maximum contribution limits in Florida? (see 106.08)

  • If I don’t collect or spend any money during a reporting period, do I still have to file a campaign treasurer’s report?

  • Where can I get required forms?

  • What are my responsibilities as a candidate for reporting campaign fund activities?

  • I may run for office in Florida. When may I begin raising campaign funds?

  • What does the term “non-professional” mean?

  • What do I do if I want to change the name for my business?

  • Can I solicit door to door?

  • How do I apply for Citizens Academy?

  • I have six vending machines at my place of business. Do I have to pay for each machine? If so, will I also be required to get a separate Local Business Tax Receipt?

  • I am buying an existing business. What is the procedure to get a Local Business Tax Receipt?

  • I lost my Business Tax Receipt. Can it be replaced, and if so, what is the charge?

  • The number of employees varies from time to time during the course of the year. How are you going to base your rate?

  • What is the difference between Code Compliance and a Homeowner’s Association?

  • What is CDBG?

  • How much grant money does the City receive?

  • What kind of projects can be funded with CDBG money?

  • Am I eligible to get CDBG funds?

  • How can I apply?

  • When will I know if I received CDBG Funds?

  • How long do I have to spend CDBG funds?

  • What if I have more questions?

  • What if the property is a rental?

  • Are complainants required to identify themselves?

  • How can I report a possible code violation?

  • How can I find out the status of my permit?

  • How much are permits?

  • Do I pay my contractor before or after the final inspection?

  • How much are impact fees?

  • Is my contractor registered to work in Punta Gorda?

  • How do I find out the setbacks on a property?

  • How do I register to work in Punta Gorda?

  • How long will my permit take to be approved?

  • What Are Domestic Partners?

  • What is the purpose of the Domestic Partnership Registry?

  • What does “mutual residence” mean? What if we own more than one house?

  • Where do we go to register?

  • When can we come to register?

  • What is the cost of registering?

  • Do you have to register in person? Why?

  • Do we need to complete the domestic partnership registry affidavit before coming to the City Clerk’s office?

  • What do I need to bring with me to the Clerk’s office to register?

  • What proof will we receive showing that we have registered?

  • Can I keep my registration information private?

  • What happens if my domestic partner and I break up or our partnership ends?

  • How do I get a copy of a fire report?

  • Who do you call for invoice and payment information?

  • What bids/RFP/quotations are currently being solicited?

  • How do I get on the City's vendor list for providing commodities and services?

  • How can I obtain a copy of the elevation certificate for my home?

  • How do I volunteer to serve on a City Board?

  • I lost my Local Business Tax Receipt. Can it be replaced, and if so, what is the charge.

  • How do I calculate the Local Business Tax rate if the number of employees varies from time to time during the year?

  • How long does it take to obtain a Local Business Tax Receipt?

  • How do I establish new service?

  • Who provides ambulance service in the City?

  • How do I apply for a Local Business Tax Receipt?

  • What area does the Fire Department serve?

  • What are the requirements for employment as a firefighter?

  • Where do I go if I need a copy of a police report?

  • If I am traveling on a one-way street and want to turn left onto a one-way street, can I turn left at a red light?

  • Who do I contact in reference to property the police department may have?

  • Does the police department provide fingerprinting services?

  • How do I register my out-of-state vehicle?

  • How do I contact someone who has been arrested?

  • Where do I get an application for the police department?

  • Who do I contact for a traffic ticket?

  • What do I do if I receive a parking ticket from the Punta Gorda Police Department?

  • What is Biased Based Profiling?

  • I have had several phone calls from people representing themselves as police officers and asking for donations. Are these police officers and what is the money used for?

  • Who do I contact to find out if water and/or sewer is available to a property?

  • Who do I call if I need my utilities located?

  • Who do I notify if I need the water shut off at my home?

  • Who do I contact for problems with my water meter box?

  • Who do I contact if I experience a water leak?

  • Who do I contact for questions about impact fees?

  • Who do I contact for the status of a new water meter?

  • Who do I contact for a new water meter?

  • What do I do if I am experiencing low water pressure? Who do I contact?

  • Who do I contact for a foul odor in my water?

  • Who do I contact to report a violation of watering restrictions?

  • How can I become more informed regarding the City of Punta Gorda Utility Department Operation?

  • Who do I contact for a question on a utility bill?

  • How Do I Size a Grease Trap ?

  • Who is in charge during the City Manager's absence?

  • What are the City Manager's powers and duties?

  • Does City Council oversee employees?

  • Who do I contact to report a fallen seawall?

  • Will we be notified before crews come to replace the seawall?

  • Once replacement begins at my residence, how long should a replacement take?

  • Will I have to move my boat for seawall replacement to be made?

  • Who is responsible for repairs to the docks, boat lifts, davits, etc.?

  • Am I allowed to plant or install anything next to the seawall or cap?

  • When are my trash collection days?