The Charlotte County Courthouse The Charlotte County Courthouse is a historical site in Punta Gorda that has been here since the late 1920s, and it has played a critical role in Florida’s history. The Charlotte County Courthouse has been utilized as a mainstay for all generations of residents from all walks of life (CCG). The type of architecture used was Greek and Roman architecture for the purpose of providing an appealing appearance for businesses (CCG). I found some very fascinating information in some old newspaper archives and more recent ones as well. I had also contacted the Charlotte County Historical Center in Punta Gorda, and they provided me with a very useful factsheet about the old courthouse. Charlotte County was established in 1921, and Punta Gorda thought it would be a good idea to have a courthouse for Charlotte County (CCG). In 1927, a woman named Marian McAdow, offered to donate her home on the waterfront for a courthouse, but her offer was turned down (CCG). Later that year, on April 11, the Board of County Commissioners purchased two lots on Taylor Street from African-American George Brown for $25,000 to build a courthouse (CCG). This was very significant because African-Americans were discriminated against, and back then white people mainly purchased from white people. The architect for the courthouse was a man named Joseph F. Leitner of St. Petersburg, and he had drawn the plan before the site had even been decided upon (CCG). The building is a Neo-Classical style, and it is characterized by a combination of Greek and Roman style in a symmetrical arrangement (CCG). Leitner was born in Augusta, Georgia in 1871 and began his career there as an architect, then he worked in South Carolina and North Carolina. Joseph Leitner then returned to Georgia for a little while, then spent his last days in Florida during the early 1920s. Most of Leitner’s style of architect was what was most popular in the day, which was Colonial Revival and various combinations of Romanesque and Italian styles, and most of his buildings were made out of red brick. According to the original contract, the construction costs were $134,000, but with changes and the cost of the land, the actual cost was $200,000 (CCG). The architect’s original plans were changed to add a second floor jail, including living quarters and a kitchen for the jailer and his family (CCG). There were twelve barred cells with doors operated by a remote-control lever and a hallway leading from the jail to the courtroom; prisoners entered through a steel-vault type door with a tiny window (CCG). The Charlotte County Courthouse was dedicated on Thursday March 20, 1928 in a ceremony at eight o’ clock in the evening (CCG). The first term of the circuit court in the new building consisted of Circuit Judge George W. White Hurst presiding, State Attorney Guy M. Strayhorn prosecuting, and Court Stenographer Edward Ley recording the proceedings (CCG). There were other government services included in the courthouse as well. They include other attorneys, commissioners, sheriffs, tax collectors, clerks, and school officials to name a few (CCG). Racial segregation was a way of life for many years, and business at the courthouse was no exception (CCG). There was a balcony in the courtroom accommodated only for African-American spectators, and there were separate restrooms and water fountains provided for black and white people (CCG). This tension and turmoil lasted until 1964 when all facilities were desegregated (CCG). Times were very hard for African-Americans who wanted to be a lawyer, judge, or anything related to law before the desegregation. The courthouse was adequate for forty years, but it eventually needed to be refurbished in 1963 (CCG). The new building additions were wrapped around three sides of the courthouse and in the front where the columns and the clocks were replaced with modern brick (CCG). A 4-story addition was linked to the back of the…
wetlands in south Florida is home to many struggling species such as the Florida Panther and the West Indian Manatee. The complex ecosystem has been considered a National Park since December 6th, 1947. (History & Culture) Since the 1800’s as much as half of the wetlands have been destroyed due to urban development and agriculture. (Brief History of the Everglades) The Everglades are not only important to the wildlife that lives in it, but to the people who live in southern Florida. The Everglades…
The Geology of Florida
• Basement separated from African Plate when
Pangea rifted and sutured to North American Plate.
• Sinking formed the basin that was critical to
formation of carbonates.
• Florida Platform formed during Cretaceous.
• Erosion of Appalachian Highlands introduced
• Glacial and interglacial periods of Quaternary
Period led to sea level changes, erosion,
deposition, and the formation of modern
Territory of Florida as all of them ran away…from the Creek…” (McReynolds 1957, 12). Runaway African-American slaves added to this conglomeration of native peoples, making the Seminoles a truly renegade people in every sense. The Seminoles saw themselves as having waged a long struggle for freedom. “The Indians who constituted the nucleus of (the) Florida group thought of themselves as yat;siminoli or ‘free people…’” (Seminole Tribe of Florida, 2013).
The Seminoles spread throughout Florida during…
by Jeorge Vega
Director of Vega Consulting Group
Report Distributed May 7, 2010
This report examines the current state of the theme park industry and how TRC, Inc. can expand into the state of Florida. Florida already has theme parks that range from Disney World to Busch Gardens, zoos and aquariums. Vega Consulting group will analyze and investigate future possibilities for TRC, Inc.
Theme parks and amusement parks are places people to go to have…
U.S. History Online
July 6, 2015
4.06 Honors Assessment
In Florida there was some effects of the new deal taking place, around 1930’s. Roosevelt
new deal plan took place in all of America trying to recover our nation from the Great
depression. The Civilian Conservation Corps also known as the CCC, was one of the programs
that was needed in the state of Florida at this time. One of the reasons we needed the CCC in
Florida was to get people back on their feet and gain new ideas of how to…
seasons. Several Florida and national media outlets portrayed a blasé attitude towards the upcoming forecasts and greatly reduced the preparedness of the general population of Florida. Analyzing period newspaper articles from pre-storm to post-storm is crucial to understanding the progression of the reactions from the editors and reporters who wrote them. The downplaying the severity of the 1992 hurricane season could not only have contributed to the calamity brought to Florida by Hurricane Andrew…
Florida State was held scoreless in the second half of the ACC championship game against a 6-7 Georgia Tech team.
Florida State lost to an NC State team that fired its coach and had five turnovers in a bowl loss to Vanderbilt.
It doesn’t get any better than the talent that’s currently on Florida State’s roster. Florida State lost three, three, of its best players to injury, including likely first-round NFL draft picks Tank Carradine and Brandon Jenkins, and leading rusher Chris Thompson, and…
My state report
My state located: Florida
The 10 Major Cities of the State of Florida
* The population focus in Florida centers on the southern cities, with the notable exception of Jacksonville, nearer to the Georgia border. Jacksonville is a major port that lies on the St. John's River where the Timucua tribes once lived. It is Florida's No. 1 city by population. Located on or very near the Atlantic Ocean, Miami (2), Hialeah…
Tobacco Free Florida
Almost everyone in America knows someone who smokes cigarettes.
The advertisement I chose is, Tobacco Free Florida. It is the most advertised commercial and website for Americans to quite smoking. The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida campaign uses aggressive and emotional ads that make a huge impact on the audience watching. Tobacco Free Florida has seen encouraging results in reducing the prevalence…
Presidential Election of 2000 featured George W. Bush and Al Gore. It will go down in history as one of the most closest elections¡¦ in US history. It also goes down as one of the most controversial. The final decision was based on just a few hundred votes in Florida. The controversy began when the media prematurely declared the winner twice based solely on exit polls. They finally conceded that the Florida count was just too close to predict. It would take a month before the election was ultimately…