CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (October 30, 2014) – The Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau is pleased to announce the 2014 Third Quarter winners of the “Show Us Your Charlotte” photography program. Mr. Bert Cass III won first place with a photograph of a beach umbrella creating a rainbow of contrast along Englewood Beach and Capt. Mike Slattery was awarded second place with a photograph of a fishing client with a 40” redfish. 

“Show Us Your Charlotte” is a program encouraging photographers of every skill level to submit photos taken in Charlotte County to This quarter, Visitor and Convention Bureau staff selected six photos as contest finalists based upon the quality of the photos and how well they represent and communicate Charlotte County’s tourism offerings. The final decision on first and second place winners was made by the Tourist Development Council.  Prizes awarded include gift certificates for local tourism related business and services.  First prize value is no less than $200 and second prize is no less than $50. 

The photos will be used to invite potential visitors to experience the area’s good nature and may be featured on the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau website (, on one of its social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, or on a postcard or in a magazine.

Submit photos and learn more about the program by visiting

Find images of:

  • First Place Winner Mr. Bert Cass III and Lorah Steiner, Director of Tourism for the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau
  • Mr. Bert Cass III’s photo of a beach umbrella creating a rainbow of contrast along Englewood Beach
  • Capt. Mike Slattery’s photo of a 40” redfish in crystal clear water.

About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands 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 has been 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, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands 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 The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) 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 Charlotte Harbor visit or call1-800-652-6090.


Jennifer Huber
Tourism Public Relations Manager
Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau
(941) 743-1900

Charlotte Harbor Visitor 
& Convention Bureau
18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B104
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
941-743-1900, FAX: 941-764-4932