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Charlotte County Facts

By Staff | Oct 27, 2009

Charlotte County Facts

* There are 10 elementary schools, four middle schools, three senior high schools, four technical centers, two colleges and two universities in the county.

* Interstate 75 through Charlotte County has 22 miles running north/south with five exits. U.S. 17 ends in Punta Gorda and U.S. 41, the Tamiami Trail, is the main highway running north/south.

* Charlotte County provides an amazing amount of natural eco-resources such as upland and water preserve area to explore. Charlotte Harbor includes one of the world’s largest protected marine estuaries encompassing 270 square miles with 219 miles of natural shoreline.

*There are two seasons in Southwest Florida. Winter is considered the months

from January to March, and summer, which is the rest of the year. Winter residents are sometimes referred to as “snowbirds” who call Charlotte County their winter home for three to six months. At certain peaks, winter residents increase the population by 30 percent.

* Charlotte County offers shopping at its finest, from specialty shops to the Port Charlotte Town Center mall, with 950,000 square feet. From waterfront boutiques and malls, to antique fairs and flea markets, there are shopping opportunities for everyone. Historic Fishermen’s Village is a waterfront shopping and dining complex that is an attraction in itself.

* Commercial fishing boats land millions of pounds of fish each year, including black mullet, blue crabs, red grouper and pink shrimp. Sport fishermen fish for tarpon, redfish, spotted sea trout and snook.

* The county has more than 70 parks and recreation areas, including four state parks and one federal wildlife refuge. There are 12 miles of beaches, 15 public beach access sites, 28 marinas and 13 boat ramps. Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center is an 840-acre facility where visitors can walk nature trails, have a picnic or receive education on the area.