Mid-August all of Charlotte County remembers the fifth anniversary of the devastating hurricane that ripped through the Charlotte Harbor. Laishley Park, along that same waterfront, hosted Punta Gorda’s Five-Year Xtreme Makeover Celebration. Dignitaries, City and County Officials, business leaders and citizens from all over joined in celebrating the revitalization of Punta Gorda and Charlotte County, which began immediately following Hurricane Charley’s August 13, 2004, landfall. Rising like a Phoenix from the ashes Punta Gorda was only too proud to show off all of the advances that have occurred as a result of the horrific “category four” storm.
Opening remarks were made by Florida Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, and Former Gov. Jeb Bush. Other dignitaries included Attorney General Bill McCollum, Sen. Nancy Detert, Rep. Gary Aubuchon, Rep. Paige Kreegel, and Rep. Ken Roberson, all joined by members of the City Council and the five Charlotte County Commissioners.
Once again Hon. Paul A. Stamoulis and Randy Ann Bechtel were present. Answering questions, providing information and receiving twelve completed applications for processing, with several more given out for later return, were among the accomplishments that occurred for their presence at this event.
Hon. Paul A. Stamoulis and Randy Ann Bechtel
Celebrate Charley and Charlotte County's rebirth
at Xtreme Makeover
John Wright, President of the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce was spotted as the Blue Tarp Angel. The blue tarp arguably the most distinctive mark left in the wake of all of Charley’s destruction. What a fine angel and leader, found among all of the survivors!
As the night drew to a close, the daylong celebration culminating in a spectacular fireworks display was enjoyed by all. Hon. Paul A. Stamoulis was present right to the very end and could be seen not only enjoying the crowds but also celebrating the pride and spirit of America, evoked by not only the night spectacular but also by the stories and camaraderie that reflect the true American spirit.
His message to all Charlotte County residents “every vote counts – be sure to exercise your right to vote.” The Supervisor of Elections office is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and many of the resources are also available on-line, simply visit the website at www.charlottevotes.com. Your Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections, Hon. Paul A. Stamoulis will continue to be a presence throughout the county and available to all residents of the county.