PUNTA GORDA/ENGLEWOOD BEACH, Fla. (January 28, 2019) - The Charlotte County Tourist Development Council (TDC) is accepting applications for the 2019 Summer and Annual Event Development Program (EDP). The application is available online at www.PureFlorida.com/tdc/edp. 

Applications are due no later than February 22 by emailing Ms. Brynja Phipps at Brynja.Phipps@charlottecountyfl.gov or by personal delivery to 1700 Tamiami Trail, G-2, Port Charlotte. Applications received after 5:00 p.m. on February 22 will not be accepted. Applicants must present their application to the TDC during the March 8 meeting.

The Charlotte County Event Development Program provides funding to assist in the development of new events, occurring in low or shoulder seasons which promote Charlotte County as a tourist destination. The primary objectives of this program are to attract overnight visitors to Charlotte County and to promote tourism in Charlotte County. The Program is administered through the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau.  

Each applicant must meet with a staff member of the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach VCB before the application is presented to the TDC. The presentation must include an overview of the event, how the event will be marketed and, more specifically, how the event will draw people from outside the market for overnight stays. Applicants will be notified in advance of the TDC meeting. 

The program is competitive and the amount of each award will be contingent upon the number of applications received and the availability of funds. Summer Program Events are defined as occurring between May 1 and September 30 and a total of $20,000 in EDP funding is available. Annual Program Events are defined as happening between May 1 and December 15 and a total of $40,000 in EDP funding is available.

Every applicant is required to attend the TDC meeting during which their application is scheduled for review. TDC meetings are held at the Murdock Government complex at 18500 Murdock Circle, Building B, Room 106.  The meetings begin at 9:00 a.m.

Annually, the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau conducts marketing, sales and promotional campaigns to increase awareness of and visitation to Charlotte County. In addition to generating economic contributions, the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau is also focused on developing soft adventure or ecotourism, a low-impact industry enabling the county to preserve the invaluable natural resources that contribute to its ecological health, distinguish the area and draw visitors. Learn more about Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach by visiting PureFlorida.com

Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Punta Gorda /Englewood Beach is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014, Port Charlotte was named the top “U.S. Best Value Destination” by Trivago (the world’s largest online hotel search site), and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com. The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA). For more information on visiting Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach visit http://PureFlorida.com or call1-800-652-6090.