Punta Gorda Chamber Guide 2022

Punta Gorda Chamber Guide 2022

2022 Members and Visitors Guide for the Punta Gorda Area

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Page 92 2022 Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Members & Visitors Guide The unincorporated town had no taxing authority and as a result the public infrastructure was primitive at best, with one description reporting no streets or sidewalks and much of the area still covered in sawgrass and palmettos. A group of citizens began to support the idea of incorporating the town as the basis for solving the law and order and infrastructure problems. A prime mover in this group was Kelly B. Harvey, who was an active and well-liked member of the community with several businesses. In December 1887, a meeting with 34 qualified voters approved the incorporation of the town with the additional step of changing its name from "Trabue" to Punta Gorda, the original Spanish name for the area which appeared on early maps. The name change affected Trabue deeply. He and his wife had no children, and in a day when continuation of the family name was emotionally important he had seen the town as his legacy. Insult was added to injury for Trabue when in 1888 he was charged and convicted with obstructing a public park by enclosing his home's plot with a fence (since the home was located on park land). In 1889 he sued to have the town dissolved on the basis of legal irregularities but his suit was ultimately rejected by the Florida Supreme Court. Trabue remained in the town which once bore his name until a month before his death in 1907. He died in Dawson Springs, Kentucky and is buried in Frankfort, the state's capital. Sun file photo The Trabue Land Sale Office is now a gift shop at History Park in Punta Gorda. adno=3824167-1 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte, FL 33953 941-255-1022 • www.charlotteplayers.org Celebrating Our 61st Season Charlotte Players Inc @CharlottePlayers adno=3824056-1

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