The 50th Anniversary of the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association (PGICA) is being observed this year with a large number of special events and activities. One of these events was “A Harbor Happening,” scheduled for November 17, 2012. Like the city of Punta Gorda, the PGICA Center was devastated by hurricane Charley in 2004. In fact, the new association building which began construction prior to Charley’s brief but destructive visit was flattened. Even as residents dug out from their own personal losses, the base building, which was 100-percent funded prior to construction, began anew. The PGICA is home to four boating clubs, a fishing club, a kayak club, 21 other association-based clubs and other interest groups where neighbors come to learn, relax, and socialize. The Association building also is home to the Search and Rescue component of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and, in addition, serves other broad community endeavors both within and external to the Isles.