August 6, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Jeb Bush joins Mayor Friedman in open invitation to Xtreme Makeover

Larry Friedman, mayor of the City of Punta Gorda, has extended an invitation for all to experience the Xtreme Makeover Celebration at Laishley Park on Saturday, Aug. 15, and his invitation to former Florida Gov. More...

Governor names Osborne to panel

Edward Osborne of Port Charlotte, an investment advisor with Financial Network, has been appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist as chairman of the Early Learning Coalition of Florida's Heartland Inc. More...

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Business News

The art of retail

"The art of selling art is really what tickles your fancy and feeds your soul." — Barbara Albin, Sea Grape Gallery

In a day when people are accepting greenish hues in their swimming pools to save on scheduled maintenance or the purchase of a new "creepy-crawly," it's a wonder they continue to buy art. More...

Consider this a planning pep talk

Some advisors might be advising that this is not a good time to start a new business. Many would-be entrepreneurs take heed and step back to do a little more prep work while many others just jump right in the local business pool with both feet. More...

A python hunter speaks out

Shawn Heflick, one of about 10 professional hunters newly licensed by the state of Florida to kill pythons with firearms or other means on public lands, and a python expert, recently answered a few questions of curiosity for Florida Weekly. More...

Visiting dignitaries to commemorate five years post-Charley

The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce will welcome a group of specially invited foreign diplomats to Charlotte County next week to participate in the anniversary commemoration of Hurricane Charley, which blew through Charlotte County five years ago. More...

Drive benefits Back to School Carnival

Branch manager Jim Lawson is surrounded by school supplies at Charlotte State Bank's Punta Gorda branch. The bank lobby collected supplies for the Back to School Carnival, held at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. More...

correction

>> John Perez, general manager of the Wyvern Hotel in Punta Gorda, was misrepresented in a photograph in last week's business profile. More...

Real Estate News

Four Points makes a splash

Hotel's comfort and décor provide a breath of fresh air

In Punta Gorda's evolving image as a destination, the Four Points by Sheraton has splashed on the scene as a breath of fresh air. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

I Love It When You Talk Retro

THE AMERICAN LANGUAGE IS A RICH AND COLORFUL thing, full of strange words and unusual phrases. More...

Charlotte County Animal Control to star in Animal Planet show

A determined 13-foot red-tail boa constrictor gained national media attention for Punta Gorda in November of 2008, when Charlotte County Animal Control extracted the exotic snake from a car's engine compartment parked in a church parking lot on Air More...

BOOK REVIEW

"Hold Love Strong" a powerful, evocative tale

"Hold Love Strong," By Matthew Aaron Goodman.Touchstone, $24.99. Abraham Singleton's mother's addiction to crack leaves her dead, facedown and with bullets through her skull. More...