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Event Development Program

The Charlotte County Event Development Program (EDP) provides funding to assist in the development of new events which promote Charlotte County as a tourist destination for visitors. Events which have been held previously in Charlotte County but have not held for at least one year will be considered new events.   Funds received pursuant to the Event Development Program may only be used for the purposes authorized in Section 125.0104(5) of the Florida Statutes and specified in these guidelines.  The primary objective of this program is to attract overnight visitors to Charlotte County and to promote tourism in Charlotte County. 

The applications will be reviewed at the March TDC meeting.  Should all funding not be allocated at this meeting, additional applicants will be reviewed at the May TDC meeting. Applications for consideration at the March 8th meeting of the TDC are due no later than February 22 by email to or by personal delivery to 1700 Tamiami Trail, G-2, Port Charlotte. Please contact the VCB EDP liaison (see application document) for assistance.


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About the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast

Florida's premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty. The area has hosted seven major feature films, been featured on SAIL magazine's list of the "10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States," ranked by Golf Digest as the "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." For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau, 1700 Tamiami Trail, Suite G-2, Port Charlotte, FL; 941-743-1900, or call toll free at 1-800-652-6090 for a free Visitor's Guide; or visit the Web site at