BEST GATED COMMUNITY

Charlotte Correctional Institution

Amazing how much the Charlotte Correctional Institution has in common with a Charlotte County HOA gated community. More...

BEST FACIAL HAIR

Bob White

The first thing you notice is his size — build of a front-line college basketball player (which he was), massive arms and impressive tattoos. But then you notice his hair. More...

BEST ALTERNATIVE FACT

Outdated sign?

The White House doesn’t have a monopoly on governmental pronouncements of alternative facts. We think Shel Silverstein (author of the children’s classic “Where the Sidewalk Ends”) would say something about this.   More...

BEST ARCHITECTURAL TREASURE

A.C. Freeman House

Businessman Augustus C. Freeman, who was described during the 1902 mayoral campaign as industrious, frugal and obliging … well-to-do, but probably not a millionaire, built the A.C. Freeman House in 1903. More...

BEST USE OF CITY STREETS

Punta Gorda Block Party

What is the best party with the best music making up the largest one-day music festival in Southwest Florida? If you said the Punta Gorda Block Party, you’re right. More...

BEST PLACE YOU CAN'T TAKE YOUR PARENTS

Jack and Jill Adult Superstore

There’s a reason why you have that pact with your buddy or bestie to remove your personal stash of XXX-rated films and “toys” should something happen to you: Parents and pornography just don’t mix. More...

BEST DIVA

Shari Frink

Draw back the curtains and turn on the spotlights — Shari Frink is about to take the stage. And take the stage she did, at the Charlotte Idol finals. All the finalists were impressive, but Ms. Frink brought down the house. More...

BEST PLACE FOR KAROKE

White Elephant Pub

If you like to sing it loud and sing it proud, then the White Elephant Pub on Manasota Key is the place you want to be. Crooners of every skill level and musical genre are invited between 6 and 10 p.m. More...

BEST REASON TO TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME

North Port Braves?

The deal’s a long way from being sealed, but plans are in the works for another Major League Baseball team to make its spring training home in Southwest Florida. Talks are in progress for the Atlanta Braves to move to North Port come 2019. More...

BEST WAY TO KEEP THE FLOATING OPERA ALIVE

Big Bamboo Band

Our local music scene suffered a loss with the untimely death of Jim Morris last year. Mr. Morris’ original trop rock-style songs perfectly captured the Southwest Florida lifestyle. Happily, Mr. More...

BEST NIGHTSPOT TO TAKE YOUR FURRY FRIEND(S)

TT’s Tiki Bar

There’s no need to ever dine or drink alone at this Punta Gorda riverfront destination popular for sunsets and its relaxed alfresco ambience. TT’s digs dogs. More...

BEST PLACE TO BUY CRACK

Diane’s Gift Boutique

The Placida Road shop features the works of local artists, including the talented Carol Leggett. Her claim to fame is not so much the colorful mermaids she creates as it is … well … the, umm, adjustments she sometimes has to make. More...

BEST RESTAURANT SIGN

The Burg’r Bar

You’re heading north on U.S. 41 in Punta Gorda, coming up to a slight bend just before the light at Marion Avenue — and then you see it! Peering at you, with a steady, unblinking gaze: a two-story cow. More...

BEST PLACE TO TAKE VISITORS

Downtown Punta Gorda

Downtown Punta Gorda has transitioned from a “sleepy fishing village” to a trendy “must stop” destination for those looking for great restaurants, fun bars, arts and craft shows and a wide variety of year-round musical festiva More...

BEST PLACE TO RUB ELBOWS WITH ARTISTS

Creations at the Village

Ever want to know the real story behind a particular painting, photograph or pottery piece? More...

BEST PLACE FOR FREE MUSIC

Fishermen’s Village

Every Friday and Saturday night, the center court at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda becomes a concert hall of sorts. Visitors and locals alike drop in to enjoy an eclectic line-up of music, from acoustic to jazz to country. More...

BEST PRIVATE GOLF CLUB IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD

St. Andrews South Golf Club

Imagine a private golf club in your own backyard — 18 holes of championship golf, a classic clubhouse overlooking the golf course, fully stocked pro-shop, complete practice facilities, league play and many special social events all conveniently More...

BEST BET IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO BROADWAY

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

Year after year, Broadway Palm brings home to Southwest Florida the big, crowd-pleasing shows and full-scale Broadway musicals that generations of audiences adore. More...

BEST PLACE FOR INTELLIGENT CONVERSATION

Café Philo

Dying to discuss the meaning of life, morality, mortality or the media? Café Philo offers seven weekly meetings in Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and Englewood that let you channel your inner philosopher and explore life’s big questions. More...

BEST SHOW OF HOLIDAY SPIRIT

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra brightened the spirits of young patients, families and staff last year with a free performance of its holiday pops concert at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Fort Myers. More...

BEST OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUR CHILDREN

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Camp

Staffed by orchestra musicians and directed by percussionist Scott Courtney, the June 12-23 camp affords the opportunity for beginning students to learn an instrument and experienced students to refine their skills. More...

BEST PLACE TO SHOP MOM AND POP

Northwest Charlotte County

The Englewood/Rotonda West area is a chamber of commerce’s dream. Small businesses thrive here and noticeably outrank the big chains. More...

BEST GOOD SAMARITAN

DFC Bobby Beverly

Annually, the Florida Sheriffs Association selects a Corrections Officer of the Year based on outstanding service. More...

BEST REASON TO QUESTION THE FUTURE OF HIGH SCHOOL THEATER

Dennis Hall resigns

In a shocking move, Dennis Hall resigned. More...

BEST PLACE FOR A FIRST KISS

Perch 360

Chances are she or he won’t refuse your signature make-out move while snuggling under the turquoise umbrellas of the smooch-inspiring rooftop restaurant at the Wyvern Hotel. More...

BEST PANTY RAID GONE WRONG

Victoria’s Secret

Some guys never learn to keep their hands out of someone else’s panties. More...

BEST PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION

Lovebugs

True, one could say that copulation is a basic function of all animal species, but lovebugs take it to a whole ’nother level. More...

BEST DANCERS TO RAISE THE TEMPERATURE IN A ROOM

Kathleen Candales and Norman Wilson

As a contestant in the Charlotte County Arts & Humanities’ “Dancing with the Charlotte Stars” fundraiser, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Capt. More...

BEST ANNUAL SNOWSTORM

Lighting of the Punta Gorda Christmas tree

You can count on it — just like clockwork, year after year, a snowstorm hits downtown Punta Gorda. Perhaps it’s suspicious that it always occurs after the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. More...

BEST (AND MOST WELCOME) RETIREMENT PARTY

Stoney

Stoney, the Charlotte Stone Crabs mascot since 2009, retired suddenly last summer — prompting speculation that the big blue thingamajig (what the heck WAS he?) couldn’t handle the heat. More...

BEST NEW MASCOT

Clawford

Pinch us because we cannot believe how clawsome this mascot is. More...

BEST COMEBACK

Florida International Air Show

Familiar sights and sounds returned to Punta Gorda skies last fall after a one-and-a-half-year absence. For more than 30 years, the Florida International Air Show dazzled spectators every February/March. More...

BEST NEW CLUB GUARANTEED TO PISS OF MIKE PENCE

Liquid

Memo to Vice President Mike Pence: The Sodomites are in the house — and they’re partying! More...

BEST CAFE WHERE BARISTAS ARE HOTTERN THAN THE COFFEE

Cabaristas Coffee

Everyone knows Seattle brought us Starbucks. The coffee mecca is also the birthplace of the bikini barista. When the air conditioning at a coffee shop died one hot Seattle summer, some baristas decided to wear bikinis to work. More...

BEST PLACES TO PUT THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

Ice Cold Auto Repair, Port Charlotte and Gulf View Grill, Englewood Beach

Have you seen the light? More...

BEST OPTICAL ILLUSION - OR WAS IT?

“The Full Monty”

Did they or didn’t they? More...

BEST NIGHT AT THE MOVIES

Punta Gorda Short Film Festival

Punta Gorda residents often bemoan the lack of a local movie theater. This explains — at least in part — the wild success of the Punta Gorda Short Film Festival. More...

BETS PLACE FOR A FIRST DATE

King Fisher Fleet’s sunset cruise

Whether you are 16 or 60 years old, male or female, first dates can be intimidating. More...

BEST PLACE FOR CONVERSATION (WHETHER PARTICIPATING OR EAVESDROPPING)

Mercer’s Fresh Roasted Coffees

With operating hours that begin as early as 6:30 in the morning, you can’t expect to engage in (or eavesdrop on) many intelligent conversations until patrons perk up after a cup or two of this traditional coffeehouse’s estate-grown Arabic More...

BEST SOURCE OF ACTIVITIES FROM AQUA AEROBICS TO ZEN MEDITATION

Charlotte County Community Services

This county department is all about fun and fitness, education and even relaxation, offering quality programs and facilities in every corner of the county to get up, get out and get active. More...

BEST PLACE TO SEEK THE UNIQUE

Creator’s Touch

This Laishley Court boutique was established by local artists and now features an array of creations by over 150 artists. More...

BEST WATERFRONT DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT

Fishermen’s Village

Shop till you drop, bop to live entertainment, catch a sunset by land or sea, and enjoy some of Punta Gorda’s best restaurants all in one location – the picturesque Fisherman’s Village right on Charlotte Harbor. More...

BEST AT FSW...BEST ARENA WEST OF I-75

Florida SouthWestern State College

The Suncoast Credit Union Arena opened its doors to the public on Nov. 29, 2016. While serving as the new home of the FSW Buccaneers basketball and volleyball teams, the stunning 75,000-square-foot arena is also a gathering spot for students. More...

BEST CHAMBER OF THE ARTS

Arts & Humanities Council Of Charlotte County

Why the “Best Chamber of the arts? Well…I’ll bet you didn’t know...  They have Art In Public Places. More...

BEST PLACE TO PLEASE THE HEART AND MIND

Visual Arts Center

Whether admiring it or creating it, art soothes the soul and excites the cerebral. More...

BEST PLACE TO PLEASE YOUR EARS

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

For his fifth season with the orchestra, Maestro Raffaele Ponti has created an exciting and diverse program, promising “There will be something for everyone!” The season begins Nov. More...

BEST PLACE TO BE A BOOKSTORE CAT

Sandman Book Company

Bookshop cat and ghost chaser, Kitty-Wan Kenobi, is living the high life. Since 2009, he has been the cat-in-residence at Punta Gorda’s very own Sandman Book Company. More...

BEST MEMBERS WITH THE BEST VIEW OF THE HARBOR

Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club

If you are looking for a wonderful dining experience, a place to meet new friends, a chance to network and socialize with fellow community business leaders, and a boating club second to none? Then this is the club to join!  More...

BEST WAY TO GET INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

Dr. David Klein’s Christmas party

If you’re not feeling very Christmas-y, there’s one antidote that will immediately correct that condition — an invitation to the home of Dr. More...

BEST LOCAL PUBLIC FIGURE WE'LL MISS

Wayne Sallade

Earlier this year we said goodbye to a personality as fierce as a Category 4 storm. More...