Punta Gorda is located in Southwest Florida, in Charlotte County. It is located about 30 miles north of Fort Myers and a couple hours south of Tampa, which means if you are spoiled, make a good paycheck or somehow know people out there you have some chances of enjoying yourself. I fit none of those criteria.
As a bit of a breakdown of ages, 8.3% of the residents are under the age of 18, while 2.1% of the residents are aged 18-24. So basically, after everyone graduates high school, a good 75% of them flee town as fast as they can. Can't blame them, since HALF the population is 65 years or older.
For anyone 50+ years of age, married and close to retirement, it's heaven on earth.
For any 20 year old single male without enough money to evacuate (temporarily or permanently), it's hell on earth.
Punta Gorda killed my hopes and dreams.
Parents: "Hey, we're moving to Punta Gorda. It's always warm there, and everything is cheaper!"
*Doesn't bother doing research of his own, takes their word for it*
1 year later:
"Fuck my life..."
The best town in the Florida... no, wait, the entire WORLD. That is, if you're a) on crack; b) a redneck; or c) over 55.
The only entertainment for teens is the small and extremely dull mall and the overpriced movie theatre. Wait... that's in the next town.
World-famous as the former Best Place To Live, and now as "the place that got destroyed by Hurricane Charley" in August 2004.
Most middle and high school students now attend school in portables thanks to the hurricane that wiped out the (ancient and already falling apart) schools. The high school's mascot is a Fighting Tarpon, and yes, that is a type of fish. The high school is filled with terrible academics, stupid people, a heavy concentration of rednecks and that annoying "I-hate-the-world-so-I'm-going- to-dress-all-in-black-and-not-shower" type of people, vicious and cruel-hearted teachers, and "guidance counselors" that try to send honors students to the local community college.
Punta Gorda is the home to a lot of old people year-round and even more during the winter. None of these old people are good drivers. It is also home to a lot of people who graduated from the high school and whose children have teachers that taught their parents.
Almost every person under 18 complains about Punta Gorda constantly and plans on leaving imediately following graduation. In fact, getting out of Punta Gorda is such a big deal that some people may even kill themselves if they don't get the hell out of the godforsaken town.