Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, United States. As of the 2010 census the city had a population of 16,641, it is the only incorporated municipality in the county. Punta Gorda is the principal city of the Punta Gorda, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area and is in the Sarasota-Bradenton-Punta Gorda Combined Statistical Area. Punta Gorda was the scene of massive destruction after Charley, a Category 4 hurricane, came through the city on August 13, 2004. Charley was the strongest tropical system to hit Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the first hurricane since Hurricane Donna in 1960 to make a direct hit on Florida's southwest coast. In the immediate years following the storm, buildings were restored or built to hurricane-resistant building codes; the new buildings and amenities concurrently preserved the city's past while showcasing newer facilities. During this time, Laishley Park Municipal Marina was built and the Harborwalk, Linear Park and various trails were created throughout the city for bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
The name Punta Gorda has been on maps at least since 1851, referring to a point of land that juts into Charlotte Harbor, an estuary off the Gulf of Mexico. It was in the late 1800s that early settlers began to arrive in what is the present-day Punta Gorda area. Frederick and Jarvis Howard, Union Army veterans, homesteaded an area south of the Peace River near present-day Punta Gorda about a decade after the close of the Civil War. In 1876, James and Josephine Lockhart bought land and built a house on property, now at the center of the city. Two years Lockhart sold his claim to James Madison Lanier, a hunter and trapper, who lived there two years. In 1879, a charter for a railroad with termini at Charlotte Harbor and Lake City, Florida was established under the name Gainesville and Charlotte Harbor Railroad, it was taken over by the Florida Southern Railroad, which reaffirmed Charlotte Harbor as a terminus in its own charter. 30.8 acres Then in 1883, Lanier sold his land to Isaac Trabue, who purchased additional property along the harbor and directed the platting of a town named "Trabue".
Harvey recorded the plat on February 24, 1885. At the time, Isaac was in Kentucky, his cousin, John Trabue, was in charge of selling lots. To insure success of his development, Trabue convinced the Florida Southern Railway to bring their road to his town on the south side of Charlotte Harbor; the Railroad rolled into the town of Trabue in August 1886, with it came the first land developers and Southwest Florida's first batch of tourists. Punta Gorda became the southernmost stop on the Florida Southern Railroad, until an extension was built to Fort Myers in 1904, attracting the industries that propelled its initial growth. In 1887, dissatisfied with Trabue’s lack of infrastructure development for the town, 34 townspeople met at Hector's Billiard Parlor to discuss incorporation; the group voted to incorporate and rename the town after the Spanish name for the point on which it was located “Punta Gorda” on December 3, 1887. Once Punta Gorda was incorporated on December 7, 1887, mayoral elections took place and a council was formed.
The first mayor, W. H. Simmons, was elected. Phosphate was discovered on the banks of the Peace River just above Punta Gorda in 1888. Phosphate mined in the Peace River Valley was barged down the Peace River to Punta Gorda and Port Boca Grande, where it was loaded onto vessels for worldwide shipment. In 1896, the Florida Times-Union reported that phosphate mining was Punta Gorda's chief industry and that Punta Gorda was the greatest phosphate shipping point in the world. By 1907, a railroad was built direct to Port Boca Grande, ending the brief phosphate shipping boom from Punta Gorda. In 1890, the first postmaster, Robert Meacham, an African American, was appointed by Isaac Trabue as a deliberate affront to Kelly B. Harvey and those who had voted to change the name of the town from Trabue to Punta Gorda; the Punta Gorda Herald was founded by Robert Kirby Seward in 1893 and published weekly during its early years. The newspaper covered such events as rum running, other smuggling activities, lawlessness in general.
It underwent many changes in both ownership and name over time, today is known as The Charlotte Sun Herald. Early Punta Gorda resembled the modern social climate of various classes living together and working together. While the regal Punta Gorda Hotel, at one point owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt, reflected the upper class, Punta Gorda was a pretty rough town, as most frontier towns were. Punta Gorda's location at the end of the railway line spiked the crime rate, resulting in 40 murders between 1890 and 1904; this included City Marshal John H. Bowman, shot and killed in his front parlor on January 29, 1903, in view of his family. In 1925, a bungalow was built by an African American sea captain and fisherman; the Blanchard House Museum still stands as a museum, providing education for the history of middle-class African American life in the area. Punta Gorda in the 20th century still maintained steady growth. Charlotte County was formed in 1921. In 1921, the first bridge was constructed connecting Punta Gorda and Charlotte Harbor along the brand-new Tamiami Trail.
This small bridge was replaced by the original Barron Collier Bridge in 1931, by the current Barron Collier Bridge and Gilchrist Bridge crossing the Peace River. During World War II, a U. S. Army airfield was built in Punta Gorda to train combat air pilots. After the war, the airfield was turned over to Charlotte County. Today the old airfield is the Punta Gorda Airport, providing both
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Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is a fighting game created by San Francisco-based game developer nWay, featuring characters from the Power Rangers franchise. It was released digitally for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on March 26, 2019, for PlayStation 4 on April 2, 2019, for Microsoft Windows on September 24, 2019; the game has been confirmed for Stadia. Limited Run Games released a standard physical version on the Switch and PlayStation 4 alongside a more expensive Mega Edition in November 2019. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is a fighting game in which players compete in battle using characters with different fighting styles and special attacks. Players select teams of three characters to engage in one-on-one combat, can choose to switch between them at any point during the match; when all three opposing teammates have been eliminated a Victory is declared. Ultra attacks can be performed, calling on Megazords to assist with the battle. Ranked Online, Versus, Casual Online and Tutorial modes were available at the game's launch.
A story mode, loosely based on the "Shattered Grid" storyline and written by Boom! Studios Power Rangers comic book writer Kyle Higgins, was added to the game in April 2019 along with three additional characters, voice acting and two new stages. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers actors Jason David Frank, Austin St. John, David J. Fielding and Kerrigan Mahan reprise their respective roles as Tommy Oliver/Lord Drakkon, Jason Lee Scott and Goldar. An update in July 2019 added three characters via the first Season Pass, additional features such as cross-platform play between the Switch Xbox One, Windows versions. A second season pass was announced alongside the game's Windows release; the game features twelve playable characters, with six additional characters available as downloadable content via two season passes. ^ a Free downloadable content character ^. Despite the arrival of Time Force Ranger Jen Scotts from the future, Drakkon manages to kill the younger Tommy and escapes. With his Chaos Crystal now charged by Tommy's green chaos energy and his forces begin travelling across time and space, using his Dragon Cannons to remove Rangers' powers and steal their morphers.
Zordon sends a warning through the Morphin Grid and, with Jen's help, begins sending Rangers through time to protect other Rangers being pursued by Drakkon. During an encounter with the Ranger Slayer, a future version of herself from Drakkon's universe, Kimberly Hart manages to free her from Drakkon's control, though Ranger Slayer continues to feign loyalty to avert suspicion; the Rangers regroup at Corinth, where Dr. K is working on a way to disrupt the Dragon Cannons, but they come under attack by Drakkon's forces, including several Power Rangers placed under his control. Drakkon, who has powered himself up using the stolen morphers and overwhelms the Rangers, forcing them to retreat to the Command Center. Ranger Slayer arrives and reveals Drakkon's plan is to gain full control of the Morphin Grid, using the morphers to increase his resonance with it, she suggests destroying his tower in their home dimension, preventing him from crossing dimensions and sharing his morphers' powers with his armies.
Knowing they will be unable to do so alone, Zordon asks Rita to help stop Drakkon. Led by Jason Lee Scott, a united group of Power Rangers storms Drakkon's tower, they are attacked by Drakkon and the Rangers under his control, but Mike Corbett is freed by the spirit of the Magna Defender and defects back to Zordon's forces. Rita infiltrates the tower and uses a Powerdraining Candle to weaken Drakkon, forcing him to retreat to stop her. Trini Kwan uses her Dragon Armor to grow and topple the tower's antennae, causing Drakkon's forces to lose their powers and breaking his control of the other Rangers. Rita attempts to kill Drakkon. Finster-5 attempts to stop Drakkon from using additional morphers to restore his powers, believing the process will be fatal, but Drakkon kills him and proceeds; as he powers himself up, he is challenged by Tommy, restored to life through the Chaos Crystal's powers. Tommy defeats Drakkon, whose body has become unstable due to the morphers' power, he escapes as Drakkon explodes, destroying himself and the tower.
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