G. C. Herring Park playground unsafe

The G. C. Herring Park playground at 3406 Indiana Road, Cape Haze, has been deemed unsafe and will be removed Aug. 3. A replacement date has not been designated at this time. Please use caution around the construction area.

Cultural Center Putting Contest

On Aug. 22, the Cultural Center of Charlotte County will be hosting the First Putting Contest at Riverwood Golf and Country Club. Tickets are $50 and will be used to support the Cultural Center, which has suffered financially due to COVID-19. With the purchase of a ticket, you will be assigned a time slot in order to maintain social distancing. Players will first shoot one 10-foot putt. All players who make that putt will then move on to shoot one 30-foot putt. All players who make the 30-foot putt with then have one attempt at a 50-foot putt. In the event that more than one player make all three putts, those players will participate in a 50-foot putt shootout for $10,000. For more information on participation or sponsorship, please contact Emily Lytle at 941-625-4175.

Library to close for voting

The Mid-County Regional Library will be closed Thursday through Aug. 21 because it is an early voting and primary election site. The library will resume its limited service hours on Aug. 22. Curbside holds pickup will continue at the Mid-County Regional Library and all other library branches from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information, contact Tracy Herman at 941-613-3188 or Tracy.Herman@CharlotteCountyFl.gov.

COVID-19 testing in DeSoto

A DeSoto County community COVID-19 testing site will be available on a more regular basis in Arcadia through Aug. 20. Testing is free and available to anyone regardless of symptoms. No prescription is required. Pre-registration, however, is encouraged by calling 863-993-4601, ext. 1.

The testing site will be held from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Turner Center, 2250 N.E. Roan St., Arcadia. 

The test used will be a nasal swab. Once samples are collected they will be sent to a commercial lab for testing and results will be provided as soon as they are available. For more information, visit http://desotobocc.com/covid-19-information-and-resources.

Kiwanis Shoes for Kids

The Sunrise Kiwanis Shoes for Kids program is continuing to collect new pairs of shoes for donation to Charlotte County students in need. For a list of collection sites, visit shoesforkidsproject.org. Monetary donations can also be made to Sunrise Kiwanis, 489 Market Circle, Unit 308 Port Charlotte, FL 33953. For more information, call Christy Smith at 941-769-0864.

Charlotte parking pass

Charlotte County parking passes are currently available for purchase through the mail, phone, the tax collector's office or online at https://bit.ly/3a30Rsx. Parking passes are currently not available for purchase at recreation centers or pools.

To purchase a seasonal or annual parking pass:

Call 941-625-7529 (credit card payment only). Please leave a message and a staff member will return your call.

Mail a parking pass application, a check (or credit card information) and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Charlotte County Community Services Administration, 1120 Centennial Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33953

To download a parking pass application, visit tinyurl.com/ccparkingpass. For existing parking pass holders, pass renewals will be credited for two months.

Free guided walk at Tippecanoe II

The Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center and the Charlotte County Natural Resource Department will be offering free programs this summer. Join CHEC on a free guided walk at 8 a.m. Aug. 4 through Tippecanoe II Mitigation Park in Port Charlotte. This 150-acre preserve is home to several families of the threatened Florida scrub jay. Be prepared with drinking water, insect repellent and appropriate footwear (trails may be flooded). You must register to participate. For more information/directions and to register, please call 941-475-0769. All programs cam be found at www.ChecFlorida.org.

Guardian Ad Litem information session

The Florida Guardian Ad Litem program needs community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by the adults in their life. Throughout this ordeal, GAL advocates are a consistent factor in these children’s lives. Your training helps ensure they have the needed services and support to find a safe permanent home. If you are interested in being a champion for the children in your community, attend a one-hour online informational sessions via Zoom. The August sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 5 and Aug. 19. Open to all full-time residents at least 21 years of age with eight to 10 hours monthly to volunteer with staff support and free training provided. For more information or to sign up for one of the August sessions, call 941-467-4663 or email Rick.Sloan@gal.fl.gov. Other dates and session times available.

Pier parking lot to close

The pier parking lot at Bayshore Live Oak Park, 23157 Bayshore Road in Port Charlotte, will be closed for construction through Aug. 9. Patrons are encouraged to use other areas of the park until construction is complete. 

Tourist Development Council seeks volunteer

The Charlotte County Tourist Development Council is seeking one volunteer to serve a four-year term who is involved in the tourism industry (ie: restaurant, attraction, etc.) or represents tourism accommodations as an owner or operator of a motel, hotel, recreational vehicle park or other tourist accommodation located in the county and subject to tourist development tax. Volunteers shall be an elector of Charlotte County or reside in a county adjacent to Charlotte County and own a business within Charlotte County, and have demonstrated an interest in tourist development. For an application, contact Diane Whidden at 941-743-1298 or via email at Diane.Whidden@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

Affordable housing committee needs members

The Charlotte County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is searching for one citizen-at-large and one citizen to serve in any of the following capacities:

1. Who is actively engaged in the residential home building industry;

2. Who is actively engaged in the banking or mortgage banking industry;

3. Who is a representative of those areas of labor actively engaged in home building;

4. Who is actively engaged as an advocate for low-income persons;

5. Who is actively engaged as a for-profit provider of affordable housing;

6. Who is actively engaged as a not-for-profit provider of affordable housing;

7. Who represents employers within the jurisdiction; or

8. Who represents essential services personnel, as defined in the local housing assistance plan.

Please contact Colleen.Turner@charlottecountyfl.gov or Doreen.Stoquert@charlottecountyfl.gov or call 941-205-2161.

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