At one time, there was this invisible line between Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte. So in 2009, the Charlotte Harbor Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the Punta Gorda CRA partnered with local businesses to create an event that would bring us together while encouraging our residents to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty that Charlotte County offers, and specifically Charlotte Harbor National Estuary that both communities share.
The event has grown in in partnership with key sponsors and volunteers from Waste Management of Charlotte County, Acme Bicycles, Harborwalk Scoops and Bites and The Foot Landing. Various County and City Departments provide needed resources to make the event a success.
The committee decided that the proceeds from the event should help protect our environment for years to come. It was decided that the best way to continue to protect Charlotte Harbor was to educate and engage our next generation of leaders.
Hands Across the Harbor formed a partnership with the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center in 2011 to help fund the youth education programs at Alligator Creek. For the past 20 years, over 2,000 students per year have participated in CHEC’s 4th Grade Field Studies programs and 2nd Grade Sea-grass Wading Adventures. Both programs have integrated classroom and field exercises that are state approved curriculum for FCAT testing.
Each year the event continues to grow with new activities and partnerships. Our goal is to bring together both local and regional residents, tourists, and businesses that care about a healthy life style and planet while enjoying the beautiful vistas of Charlotte Harbor.
Click here to see photos from past events.