punta gorda

We’re taking the show on the road to Punta Gorda in Charlotte County in order to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We’re at the The Blanchard House Museum of African American History and Culture of Charlotte County, which is a site along the Florida Black Heritage Trail

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Utility company Florida Power & Light unveiled a new component to their solar field in Punta Gorda  for members of the media Friday . FPL is saying it’s one of the biggest of its kind in the country. 

Michael Hirsh

The sale of medical marijuana is banned in all of Charlotte County. After county commissioners voted to do so Tuesday, the Punta Gorda City Council voted today to follow suit. But council members agreed the city’s ban would only last a year at most. And then they’d revisit the subject.

The discussion was low key, and it ended with Mayor Rachel Keesling calling for the vote, which was unanimous.

Michael Hirsh

Punta Gorda City Manager Howard Kunik is waiting for the results of an internal affairs report before he decides whether suspended Police Chief Tom Lewis keeps or loses his job. Lewis was acquitted of culpable negligence the last week of June in the death of 73-year-old Mary Knowlton during a shoot/don’t shoot demonstration at police headquarters last August.

Michael Hirsh

Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis is not guilty of culpable negligence stemming from the shooting death of 73-year-old Mary Knowlton while participating in a shoot/don’t shoot scenario at police headquarters last August. The jury reached a verdict Thursday afternoon. 

It took three hours of deliberation for the jury of four men and two women to find Chief Lewis not guilty.