Punta Gorda Chamber Guide 2022

Punta Gorda Chamber Guide 2022

2022 Members and Visitors Guide for the Punta Gorda Area

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2022 Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Members & Visitors Guide Page 105 BY FRANK DESQUIN Correspondent Punta Gorda has not only been proclaimed the hibiscus city twice, but is also the birth- place of a world-renowned hibiscus hybridizer. In 1926, the city council first passed an ordi- nance proclaiming Punta Gorda as "The City of Hibiscus." In conjunction with the procla- mation, 2,200 red hibiscuses were ordered and planted throughout the city, which apparently made quite an impression on native son Harry Goulding, known as "Pete" to everyone in town. Pete's dad, Joseph, had moved to Punta Gorda from North Carolina in 1895, intent on harvesting egret plumes in the Everglades. At the time a sought-after complement to ladies' hats, they were literally "worth their weight in gold." Soon after his arrival though, the market dissolved when their use became illegal. Joseph decided to stay, becoming a fisherman. In 1908, Harry was born. Why is Punta Gorda a hibiscus city? Sun file photo Sandy Wald prepares her stand "Green Mind Growers" at a previoius Hibiscus Festival in Punta Gorda. Continued on page 106 3078 Cooper St. Extension EAST AT AQUI ESTA TRAFFIC LIGHT from US 41 More Than Just a Bakery... Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner N I N O S B A K E R Y. U S OPEN 7 AM to 8 PM + DAILY * ENTERTAINMENT MOST NIGHTS "Best little gem in Punta Gorda" See Menus & Entertainment Schedule at CeJayAssoc.com Nino's Restaurant * Closed Mondays after 2PM adno=3822439-1 • MAINTENANCE • HEAT PUMPS • RESURFACING • REPAIR & SOLAR • AUTOMATION • WATER FEATURES Authorized Dealer & Warranty Repair Ofer Nadel • 941-637-6083 204 East McKenzie St. E-16, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 islespoolservice@gmail.com Lic. # CPC 057353 www.islespoolservice.com adno=3821135-1

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