With a population of approximately 60,000, Port Charlotte, which is a township of the City of Punta Gorda, was started as a dream for a lot of people back in the 1950s and 1960s. Charlotte County’s total accumulated population is about 180,000. General Development Corporation and the Mackle Brothers were early developers for the community, advertising to the northern market to buy Florida land with little money down and make small payments until you can build your dream home. Port Charlotte borders the northern side of Charlotte Harbor. Many waterfront homes in Port Charlotte west of Tamiami Trail have boating access to Charlotte Harbor through the many miles of man-made canals. The eastern side of Tamiami Trail has many miles of what are considered man-made freshwater canals that serve as stormwater drainage during rainy season and life support for many of our wildlife friends.
The Murdock area was acreage land that cattle roamed on for many years, owned by the Frizzell family until they started selling it off in large tracts to General Development Corporation and others for future development. The Port Charlotte Town Center Mall was built on part of that land in 1989, and then many other businesses started developing around that area of town, creating a new hub area for the community. Port Charlotte is also the spring training home for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team, and is also home to the Florida State League’s Charlotte Stone Crabs.