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Encore: Publisher Seeks Stories & Photos for Charlotte County Centennial Memorial Book

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Charlotte County Courthouse

This episode originally aired on August 6, 2020.

Charlotte County is celebrating its centennial next year. It was created on April 23rd, 1921, when Governor Cary A. Hardee signed a bill passed by the Florida Legislature that divided DeSoto County into five counties: Charlotte, Hardee, Highlands, Glades and DeSoto.

It’s got a deep history, most of which is well documented thanks to people like former state lawmaker Vernon Peeples. But, as the county begins preparing celebrations our guest is looking for stories about Charlotte County that may have fallen through the cracks. James Abraham is a writer, teacher, owner of Book-Broker Publishers of Florida, and a retired journalist.

In his words: "From Fishin’ Frank’s place exploding like a bomb to Charlotte County deputies finding a kidnapped heiress, residents have stories that rival those told by louder voices in bigger cities. Did you work for General Development? Did you ever drink at the Lighthouse or Slip Not? Ever stay at the Pineapple Motel or seek medical care at Intermedic? Remember when they broke ground at PGI? Or Deep Creek? Or Southport Square? And what about the old Garden of Eatin’ at the Cultural Center or Phil and Linda Wilson’s breakfasts in Charlotte Harbor?"

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Parade in 1931 to celebrate the opening of the second bridge across the Peace River from Charlotte Harbor to Punta Gorda.

You can email your story or photograph, with your contact information, to book-broker@hotmail.com.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.