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Englewood Beach Sunset, Feb. 2020
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Things to do in Southwest Florida with Visiting Friends & Family: Janet’s Itinerary

Do you live in Southwest Florida and looking for things to do with visiting friends or family? Here’s an itinerary for my friend Janet’s Feb. 2020 visit which includes activities in Sarasota, Punta Gorda, Englewood and North Fort Myers.

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Florida Travel: What to Do in Punta Gorda & Englewood Beach in 2018

‘Tis the time of year for my annual month-by-month listing of what to do in the Southwest Florida community of Punta Gorda and Englewood Beach (basically Charlotte County) in the New Year. As usual, most activities can be enjoyed anytime of the year. And, I hope you try something that pushes your personal boundaries in the New Year because that’s how you learn, grow and maybe find your new passion.

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"Steel Palm" is Signature Sculpture of the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens in Punta Gorda, Fla.
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Florida Travel: Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens in Punta Gorda

More than a decade in the making and a gift of Roger and Linda Tetraul and the Roger and Linda Tetrault Family Foundation, the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens has made its public debut.

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Gone Country Jeep Weekend, Redneck Yacht Club, Punta Gorda, Fla., Jan. 25, 2014
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Playing in Mud during the Inaugural Gone Country Jeep Weekend at the Redneck Yacht Club

There’s something refreshing about the earthy scent of mud and I got up close and almost personal with it during the inaugural Gone Country Jeep Weekend at the Redneck Yacht Club Mud Park in Punta Gorda, Fla. It was a glorious gathering of all things Jeep with no other vehicles allowed on the grounds.

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Meet Punta Gorda’s One-of-a-Kind Resident, a White Screech Owl

I’d like to introduce you to Punta Gorda, Florida’s one-of-a-kind resident, Luna. He’s a male leucistic screech owl now living at the Peace River Wildlife Center. A what? Screech owls are typically gray or reddish brown and this little guy is white. He’s not albino but has leucism which is a genetic mutation preventing melanin pigment in the bird’s feathers.

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Southwest Florida’s Quirkiest 4th of July Event is the Annual Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim

C’mon, go ahead and celebrate independence this year during Southwest Florida’s quirkiest event, the 22nd Annual Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim across the Peace River. By far, this is my favorite Charlotte County event and ranks in my top five of fun Florida events. What started out 22 years ago as a few friends celebrating Independence Read More »

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Wing Walker Jane Wicker Bringing Golden Era of Grace to 2013 Florida International Air Show

Walking on the wing of an airplane racing at speeds between 80 and 140 mph seems um, oh, I don’t know. Risky, perhaps? Spectators heading out to the 33rd Annual Florida International Air Show at the Punta Gorda Airport Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, 2013, will be treated to the graceful performance of Read More »

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Celebrating a Decade of Blue Crabs at Peace River Seafood in Punta Gorda, Florida

How fresh are the blue crabs at Peace River Seafood in Punta Gorda, Fla.? I’ve seen boats pulled by trailers roll in and unload bucket loads of crabs which are quickly taken into the kitchen. Now that’s fresh! Housed in an old Florida cracker house, Peace River Seafood is a wholesale and retail seafood operation Read More »

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Showing Off My Southwest and Central Florida

Living in Florida means living in the world’s top tourism destination and traveling to Orlando is a breeze. Oftentimes I need to remind myself how fortunate I am living so close to attractions others take years of planning before visiting. I’m always reminded how lucky I am when friends visit. 

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