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Harbor Walk Phase 1B – Final permit received from Army Corps of Engineers which allows this portion of the project to move forward.  This phase includes a raised boardwalk to connect Live Oak Point to the west side of US41 sidewalk, a fishing pier and water taxi dock are designed. Funding has been secured through six different funding sources to construct the boardwalk and fishing pier. The $3.3 million project received funding from a variety of sources: FDOT Enhancement Funds; Florida SUN Trail; FDEP Recreational Trail: WCIND; and Charlotte County Boater Improvement funds and Charlotte Harbor CRA. Construction is expected to begin in early 2017. Phase 1B Design Plan
Land Development Code - On November 22, 2016 the Board of County Commissioners adopted the proposed changes to the land development code: The following documents outline the changes that were adopted:

       You may email Matt Trepal or call 941.764.4934 with questions or comments.

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The Charlotte Harbor and the Punta Gorda Community Redevelopment Agencies enjoyed hosting 576 registered participants and 30 generous sponsors who helped support this year's 9th Annual Hands Across the Harbor Half Marathon Bridge Run, Ride, and Roll.  In addition to great weather, there was a lot of activity with entertainment, warm-up and cool-down exercises, and raffle prizes.   Proceeds from the event will benefit educational programs at the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center.  Participants also received a complimentary Pancake Breakfast provided by the Charlotte County Fire/EMS – MDA Committee, and donations were accepted by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

In the spirit of a creating a healthier community, Hands Across the Harbor registered as an Athletics for a Fit Planet – "green" event which asked for the athletes help by signing up online and carpooling. 
Save the date for next year's 10th Annual Hands Across the Harbor Half Marathon Bridge Run, Ride, and Roll to be held on January 27, 2018. 

More pictures are available on our website: www.HandsAcrossTheHarbor.com

Harbor Walk Phase 1A
On June 2, the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners dedicated the newly named Live Oak Point park in Charlotte Harbor Community Redevelopment area.  Charlotte Harbor Town (established in 1862) was first called Live Oak Point and later Hickory Bluff. The new park celebrates the history of the area. 

The vision of Charlotte Harbor CRA is to improve pedestrian access within the community, linking together the parks while maintaining views and access to the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary. This park creates a focal point at the gateway into the community. The Charlotte Harbor Gateway Project has several phases. The opening of Live Oak Point completes Phase 1A.  
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Live Oak Point includes:

       - An 8-foot wide concrete sidewalk from the Barron Collier Bridge north to Melbourne  Street. 
       - A pedestrian promenade including benches, tree wells with accent lighting, architectural handrails, grassed open space and two shaded seating areas.
       - A bathroom facility.
       - 59 paved parking spaces.
       - Internal pedestrian connections to the promenade, parking, bathroom.
       - Decorative lighting and landscaping, including 26 live oak trees.
       - Improved access to the beach and a small non-trailered boat launch with direct harbor access.

This project improves pedestrian and bicycle safety by providing a continuous trail from Chester Roberts Park on Melbourne Street to Laishley Park in downtown Punta Gorda. Future phases will provide a connection to Bayshore Live Oak Park, creating a safe connection between the east and west sides of U.S. 41.

The $2.1-million project was a true partnership, with funding provided by the Florida Department of Transportation, the West Coast Inland Navigation District, the Boater Improvement Fund, Charlotte County, and the Charlotte Harbor CRA. View Video

Phase 2 - Includes the purchase of the property located at the corner of Melbourne and US41. This phase is funded by the 2015-2020 1% Local Sales Tax Option initiative. The property will allow for improved access to Live Oak Point park and the remainder of the property is expected to be redeveloped with a commercial use by a private developer. The property was purchased in September 2016.  Site improvements are expected to begin in 2017. 
Charlotte Harbor Revitalization Plan - On June 23, 2015 the Board of County Commissioners adopted the Charlotte Harbor Revitalization Plan and Future Land Use Map changes. One of the main changes is the creation of the Riverwalk Subdistrict. The new district establishes a maximum density of 24 units per acre and a maximum height of 90 feet based on performance standards. The intent of the new district is to encourage private investment in the area adjacent to the US41 bridges and parallel to the waterfront. For detail information visit 2015 Adopted Comprehensive Plan Changes.   The changes became effective on August 31, 2015.
Parmely Street Enhancement Project - Design plans to include sidewalks, decorative streetlights, and signage are  90% completed. This project will provide a safe connection from US41 to Bayshore Live Oak Park. Conceptual Plan
Business Directory - The 2015-2016 Charlotte Harbor CRA Business Directory is now available on line. The link can be found under Commercial Opportunities in the right hand column of this page. If you are the Business Owner, please feel free to contact our office by email at FloridaEDO@CharlotteCountyFL.gov to update your listing.

About the CRA

Since the Charlotte Harbor Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was established in 1992, a linear park along the shore of Charlotte Harbor on Bayshore Drive has been completed and a new bridge has been built on Melbourne Street with decorative lighting in place. Central sewer and water lines have been installed setting the stage for opportunities for private investment. Specific architectural standards continue to enhance the historic character of the area and encourage pedestrian-friendly development. View More History

 

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