picture of the old first national bank
picture of the punta gorda ice house
picture of the blanchard house museum
picture of punta gorda city hall
picture of the punta gorda women's club

Historic Preservation Advisory Board (HPAB) (link to page)

The HPAB is an officially appointed Board of the City of Punta Gorda whose primary responsibility is to advise City Council on all matters of historical importance.  One of the key roles of the HPAB is to identify for the City Council historically significant structures and sites that should be considered for the designation as a “Local Historic Landmark” or be nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Living in the Historic District

Due to the City's rich history, no structure, building, or sign shall be erected, reconstructed, altered, or restored on property within a Historic Overlay (HO) district until plans for such have been submitted to and approved by the City in accordance with the procedures of this section.  

A structure shall include anything man-made, including but not limited to outbuildings, fences, walls, lamp posts, light fixtures, signs, sign posts, driveways, walkways, and paving.

The provisions of this section shall not apply to the regular maintenance of structures, buildings, or signs.

All applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness shall follow the design guidelines adopted by resolution of the City Council. For purposes of review, Certificate of Appropriateness applications shall be divided into two separate categories:

  1. Staff Review - Staff Review shall be processed through a staff level review and approval
  2. Historic Preservation Advisory Board (HPAB) Recommendation - HPAB recommendations shall be required from the HPAB prior to staff action.

In either review a Certificate of Appropriateness Application is required.

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