Posted by Claiborne | Posted on 12-07-2012
SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Punta Gorda, Florida is trying to improve services for visiting cruisers by providing a pump-out vessel. While not all local politicians are supporting this initiative, we did get this political analysis from Captain Steve Johnson, an important Punta Gorda cruising leader:
Most of our five member city council are boaters including Mayor Bill Albers, Vice Mayor Rachel Keesling, Carolyn Freedland and Tom Cavanaugh. Tom Cavanaugh and Kim Devine are new to the council and are both advocates for the pumpout boat. As you will read below Kim Devine was very clear when she said, “We want it — go find the money.”
The pumpout boat has been on the city’s radar screen for a long time. I think the question is, when is there enough need to justify the expense?
Personally, I think it’s going to happen.
I can say with certainty that all of the city council and the city manager are on board with making Punta Gorda a boater friendly destination for cruisers. There is a tremendous effort by groups like the Boaters Alliance and Team Punta Gorda to make it so.
The only pumpout option for us is to go to Burnt Store Marina to pumpout and they are four hours roundtrip and $15 woth of fuel from our Punta Gorda home. They have a large enough turnaround basin for us. Fishville’s pumpout, location changed since Hurricane Charley, is too difficult for us to navigate with a single engine large sailboat. Laishley Marina isn’t available for most sailboats due to the 45′ bridges. Punta Gorda needs a pumpout boat if it really wants to be a boaters’ destination.
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