Team Punta Gorda Inc
227 Sullivan Street
Suite 124
Punta Gorda FL 33950
The mission of TEAM Punta Gorda is to help make greater Punta Gorda a better place to live, work, and play.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Sheldon Harris
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2005
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $139,400.00
Projected Expenses $143,660.00
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement

Top 5 Accomplishments:

1. Partnered with Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity and 100 volunteers painted eight (8) need-based homes for free in one day during Paint Your Heart Out Punta Gorda. We also made minor repairs and provided colorful mailboxes.

2. We replaced our entire fleet of 44 yellow loaner bicycles .due to the generosity of our sponsors and leveraged donations in last year’s Giving Partner Challenge.

TEAM’s unique Free Bicycle Loaner program usage continued to grow. In March there we 879 riders, a record month. Over 5,200 riders took advantage of the program in the past 12 months.

3. Completed our third community garden in the Punta Gorda History Park. This is a partnership of the Punta Gorda Historical Society and TEAM Punta Gorda. This is an organic community garden. We provided organic garden training for the gardeners compliments of the Master Gardeners. In addition twelve school gardens were either started or maintained. The gardens are all funded by the Mosaic Corporation.

4. 600 riders participated in five (5) rides for this year’s Pedal & Play Bicycle Event. This event earned cash for both the Leukemia Lymphoma Foundation and TEAM Punta Gorda’s Bicycle Friendly Communities Program.

5. Developed a detailed plan for the Punta Gorda City Council outlining how Punta Gorda might become a Bicycle Friendly Community as we move forward with determination to make our community safer and more convenient for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists.

As part of this Bicycle Friendly Community Program, we installed three (3) Wayfinder Signs to educate bicyclists as part of the “Share the Lane” education program. The Wayfinders signs were funded by a grant from the Charlotte Community Foundation.

Top 5 Goals

1. As an advocate for Affordable Housing, collaborate with organizations in Charlotte County to form a consortium to leverage our efforts to improve Affordable Housing in our community.

2. Expand Paint Your Heart Out to include making repairs for owners who cannot afford these repairs.

3. Automate our free loaner bicycle loaner program with the goal of being self-funding.

4. Prepare a first draft of the Community’s wants and needs for a new Waterfront Activity Center.

5. Conduct our first Kayak Paddle Event

Needs Statement

For TEAM Punta Gorda to continue its tradition of stewardship, the following are essential components:

Develop volunteer resources at all levels: Board, Leadership Team, Committee Chairs, Committee members, and general volunteers. Approximately $1,000 is needed annually to support volunteer development.

Develop a succession plan to continue the transition to a sustainable community development non-profit.

Generate over $100,000 in funding to complete community gardens, landscape revitalization, waterfront, and bicycle-friendly community programs that support our mission.

Generate over $3,000 in annual funding to support advocacy and community development activities.

Generate over $12,000 in annual funding to support TEAM Punta Gorda’s organizational infrastructure needs.

Fulfillment of these needs will significantly assist TEAM Punta Gorda in preserving the historic tradition of providing public spaces for our community and retaining the unique character of the community.

Background Statement

TEAM Punta Gorda was founded in November, 2004 with the goal of rebuilding Punta Gorda following the devastation of hurricane Charley. Team quickly emerged as a grassroots volunteer organization of more than 2,000 citizens, 350 financial contributors, and over 400 active volunteers. The group raised $200,000 and hired world renowned urban planner Jaime Correa who worked with Team volunteers to conduct public workshops to gather grass roots input on rebuilding our community. The outcome was the Citizens' Master Plan 2005, a visionary document which continues to inspire the redevelopment of Greater Punta Gorda. In October, 2005 TEAM incorporated as a nonprofit organization and is recognized as such by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501-C-3 tax exempt entity.

Once the Citizens’ Master Plan was completed and gifted to Punta Gorda and Charlotte County governments, TEAM Punta Gorda began the process of implementing the plan. A major emphasis was to build a collaborative relationship with City and County governments through volunteer citizen assistance and support in rebuilding our community. One major area of focus was to ensure that the auditorium destroyed by the hurricane would be rebuilt as an impressive gateway to the City. The Charlotte Harbor Conference and Event Center stands as a proud tribute to that vision.

Today TEAM is guided by an active Board of Directors with the support of the Leadership Team. Our focus is on community development. TEAM continues to be a unique and successful all-volunteer organization whose mission is to work with our partners in city and county government to move forward with implementing the Citizens’ Master Plan 2005.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments Greater Punta Gorda area
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

It is important to understand that TEAM Punta Gorda was formed as a non-profit organization after Hurricane Charley devastated Punta Gorda in August 2004 to serve as a collaborative resource uniting our citizens in accelerating revitalization to achieve the potential of our unique waterfront community. Our citizens responded and raised over $250,000 in eight weeks to pay for the services of a highly renowned urban planner and his staff to help us determine what this community would become when we were back on our feet, better than we had it before.

From this tragedy came the creation of a Citizens Master Plan 2005 to guide the rebuilding and revitalization of the city of Punta Gorda. Many accomplishments from working together with the city of Punta Gorda and Charlotte County have been made since then. We have worked effectively in partnering with governmental entities, federal, state, county, and city to set direction, support and oversee a wide range of collaborations in the Charlotte County area by volunteering support and time. The speed of recovery exceeded all expectations. FEMA now cites TEAM Punta Gorda as a role model in citizen involvement in disaster recovery.

While we remain an all-volunteer, grass-roots, citizen’s organization, we are now looking forward to projects that will enhance our city and county, such as Community Gardens, being advocates for Affordable Housing, painting and fixing up need-based houses, promoting safe bicycling, and Maritime Development of the Waterfront. These projects reflect the ethic of service that will support today’s TEAM Punta Gorda mission; to help make Greater Punta Gorda a better place tom live, work and play. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization we are completely dependent on donations and grants to fund these and other programs.

It gives me great pleasure to serve as President of the Board of this innovative organization.


Shelly Harris, Board President

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Ten years after the devastation of Punta  Gorda, TEAM is still here, working harder than ever to fulfill its mission of helping make the greater Punta Gorda area a better place to live, work and play. The focus has shifted from disaster recovery to community development, but the TEAM Punta Gorda tradition of community involvement and collaboration is still fundamental to our approach. In addition to great projects our work behind the scenes has become part of the fiber of the community. We also know that successful community projects promote community building. These efforts capture the imagination of our citizens and demonstrate the incredible good they can do when they set their minds to it.  We believe that 2015 has been a wonderfully successful year for TEAM. This success is entirely due to  volunteers who have generously contributed their talent and time to work on our projects. We are most grateful to our volunteers who do the heavy lifting and to our sponsors who provide the means to further our projects.

Thank you!
Nancy Johnson, CEO 



TEAM Punta Gorda’s Spokes and Trails Committee is responsible for an array of collaborative projects that support Punta Gorda’s development into a bicycle friendly community. The most visible and successful is the Bicycle Loaner Program.

This 3 year old initiative established a free Bicycle Loaner Program in Punta Gorda. This program is unique to the West Coast of Florida, and affords citizens and visitors a free, alternative mode of transportation and access to local businesses. Modeled after successful Yellow Bike Programs in other communities, this project represents a public-private partnership between TEAM Punta Gorda, local businesses, and city government. Donated Yellow Bikes are distributed to host site sponsors who pay a fee to host the bikes, providing ongoing funds to sustain the program. Merchants and sponsors receive acknowledgement through signage, advertising decals, and a brochure.

Budget $15,000
Category Community Development, General/Other Business District Revitalization
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success

The program started 3 years ago with 11 new yellow bicycles for residents, visitors and snowbirds to use free for the day on a library type of system from our marinas, hotels and hospital. The program seeks to inspire healthy lifestyles for residents and visitors. 

After 3 years the program has 31 bicycles (including 4 tricycles for the balanced impaired) operating from six  locations. The program is the only free bicycle loaner program in Florida.  It has been acclaimed regionally and recognized nationally. It is attracting visitors both nationally and internationally.

In its first year, this committee assisted the City in applying for Bicycle-Friendly Community Designation from the American League of Cyclists, and received Honorable Mention.

Additional Bicycle-Friendly Initiatives include a major bicycle event each spring, Pedal & Play in Paradise. This popular event drew 438 riders this year and provided 5 diverse rides ranging from a 10 mile Mystery Bike Ride to a 62 mile ride.

Long Term Success

With a strong base of citizen participation and collaboration, the Punta Gorda is emerging as a vibrant community despite devastating economic conditions. One of the challenges has been to support our local businesses and keep them viable during this economic crisis. This program meshes nicely with other community efforts underway to attract visitors to utilize services that will keep jobs in Punta Gorda.

The Bicycle-Friendly Initiatives:

· Give visitors and residents access to the community and attract them to downtown by providing free, accessible, transportation;

· Provide economic stimulus for local businesses thereby helping to retain area jobs;

· Enhance existing waterfront development efforts, and help Punta Gorda become a boating destination;

· Encourage bicycle use as an alternative, carbon-free means of transportation, to encourage healthy lifestyles among residents and reduce the use of automobiles;

· Improve the quality of life in Punta Gorda.

Program Success Monitoring

Team Punta Gorda’s Bicycle Loaner Program represents an effective public private partnership with established roles and responsibilities for partners. The Bicycle Loaner Committee has developed a set of guidelines for bicycle use. The Committee solicits donations, purchases bicycles, services and maintains the bicycles (under a local service contract).  Each hosting sponsor manages the sign-out sheets when bicycles are loaned, shelters the bikes, and monitors their safekeeping. TEAM Punta Gorda periodically collects the liability waivers from sites and tracks utilization statistics. The City of Punta Gorda provides insurance, and law enforcement staff provide public safety assistance.

Program Success Examples

The Bicycle Loaner Program is a true success story. The program received a grant from the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Programto produce a brochure which maps bicycle and recreational trails,showcases the Charlotte Harbor Watershed and teaches conservation.

The Bicycles are in high demand and have been used by visitors from over 38 states and 20 foreign countries. As the program has drawn interest to cycling, opportunities have multiplied in Punta Gorda with new bicycle trails, harbor trails and Multiple Use Recreational Trails. Each year we are asked to increase our fleet.

This committee is active in the development of additional opportunities to make Punta Gorda a bicycle friendly community. They’ve helped the City plan trail development and have convened planners from surrounding counties to talk about connecting routes. Currently they are working with City officials to create a network of marked routes. Future projects include bicycle safety and public education.


Punta Gorda has been rapidly transforming itself since the devastation from Hurricane Charley in 2004, including the careful development of its waterfront assets. As we have moved from disaster recovery to economic recovery, TEAM Punta Gorda (TPG) has served as a convener and facilitator for community efforts to develop public spaces. TPG’s Maritime Committee believes that protecting our waterfront through responsible development is part of an overall strategy to revitalize the area and keep year round residents and jobs in Punta Gorda.

In 2008, TPG provided leadership by creating a Waterfront Master Plan. Written by volunteer architects and adopted by the City, the plan transforms the waterfront and links it with the downtown retail district. The backbone of this plan is the Harborwalk, a multi-use pathway.

TPG provides advocacy and leadership for this effort. Projects focus on enhancing Punta Gorda as a land and sea destination, encouraging tourism, and stewardship of the harbor.

Budget $50,000
Category Community Development, General/Other Waterfront Development
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults US& International Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success

The City is currently working on the remake of a significant public space along the harbor and near downtown, Gilchrist Park. TPG’s Maritime, Architecture and Beautification Committees are all involved in different aspects of the development.

Serving as convener in partnership with PGBA, TPG is recommending that the city establish an anchorage with landside boater amenities along the shoreline of Gilchrist Park. In February 2012, TPG hosted a community education meeting bringing public officials and community members together with a national boating expert who recommended next steps for our community to become a boating destination of choice. 

To this end, specific projects are underway:

  • Handicapped Accessible Docks
  • Landside amenities for visiting Boaters
  • Completion of the Harborwalk
  • Beautification projects
  • Environmental and Historic education
Long Term Success

The vision of this program is to make the Punta Gorda’s waterfront a recreational and boater’s destination of choice. It also continues the historic legacy of those city founders who donated land along the harbor in order to ensure public access and protect our natural resources.

Travel from the Gulf and intra-coastal waterway will be worth the time and effort to arrive at a friendly community that is a welcome haven. With landside amenities for boaters and plentiful recreational opportunities for visitors and residents, Punta Gorda will become a relaxing and yet stimulating place to visit by boat or by land.

With a goal of making Punta Gorda a better place to live, work and play through waterfront projects and activities, we anticipate boating-related industries to establish themselves in the area, providing an economic benefit to the community. We envision a steady stream of visitors using our harbor by boat or on land, making Punta Gorda their destination of choice year after year.

Program Success Monitoring

Waterfront development is a collaborative effort led by TPG and the Punta Gorda Boaters Alliance (PGBA) who represent most of the maritime groups in the community. The partnership also involves the City of Punta Gorda, Charlotte Harbor Visitors and Convention Bureau, Chambers of Commerce, Downtown Merchants Association, Fishermen’s Village, and other community organizations focused on the regions economic development needs.

The TPG Maritime Committee along with the PGBA will monitor the planning as it moves forward and will make recommendations to the City of Punta Gorda.

Program Success Examples

As the City moves forward with the development of public spaces, TEAM Punta Gorda has been a major contributor in the process:

· Waterfront Master Plan: The Waterfront Master Plan developed by TPG in 2008 set in place a plan to develop the Harborwalk as an attraction for visitors and residents to enjoy. It is now partially completed and heavily used by the public.

· Re-purposing and renovation of a major recreational area, Laishley Park: TPG worked the City including providing the landscaping and pavers for the interactive fountain.

· CharlotteHarbor Event CenterDesign: TPG assisted the County in modifying the final design of this waterfront facility to be consistent with other architecture in the community. Later, we contributed updated landscaping.

· Charlotte Harbor Estuary Brochure: Using grant funds TPG developed a brochure to help the public understand the importance of the Charlotte Harbor Estuary.


Project Description and History


On February 27,2016, a hundred enthusiastic TEAM Punta Gorda and Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity volunteers painted their hearts out to transform the exteriors of eight Punta Gorda homes that qualified for a much needed face-lift. In its third successful year, this one day program serves homeowners who are elderly, disabled or low-income while beautifying the greater Punta Gorda area. With encouragement from the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce and the City of Punta Gorda, many local builders, banks, service clubs and tradesmen provided professional expertise and support. Many contributed funding and provided on site supervision and painting expertise. We believe that this project continues to transform our neighborhoods, sending a message of pride and sense of community spirit that lasts long after the day of service. Paint Your Heart Out, Punta Gorda 2017 is scheduled for the last Saturday in February.

Budget $8,000
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Citizen Participation Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Elderly and/or Disabled Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success This is by definition a short term project. Those in need receive newly painted, repaired and landscaped homes. 
Long Term Success

This project has demonstrated success in community building and neighborhood enhancement. Strong relationships have been created between citizens, non-profits and government. These productive partnerships continue to sustain the bright future of our community.

Program Success Monitoring

Immediately following each one day event, the Paint Your Heart Out committee interviews and evaluates the satisfaction of homeowners whose homes have been transformed. We then hold a post-event committee debriefing session to capture the lessons learned.

Program Success Examples

2016 was the third year for this project. One hundred volunteers painted eight homes in a day. Several were landscaped. Similar programs have been employed in cities across the United States with demonstrated success. Since its inception in 2014, Paint Your Heart Out, Punta Gorda has transformed thirty homes in several different neighborhoods, employing the talents of nearly five hundred community volunteers.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 462
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Arts and Humanities Council of Charlotte County
Charlotte Community Foundation
City of PG Council and Staff
Charlotte County Commission and Staff
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
Charlotte Harbor Visitor's Bureau
Charlotte Sun Newspaper
Florida Weekly
Kiwanis Club of Punta Gorda
PG/PC/NP Association of Realtors
Punta Gorda Boater's Alliance
Punta Gorda Downtown Merchants Associations 
PG Chamber of Commerce
PG Historical Society
Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association
Rotary Club of Punta Gorda
Smugglers Enterprise, Inc.
Punta Gorda Downtown Merchants Association
South County Coalition
TEAM Port Charlotte
Punta Gorda Community Redevelopment Agency
Punta Gorda History Center
Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Florida Governor's Points of LightFlorida Governor's Office2005
Non-Profit Business of the YearPunta Gorda Chamber of Commerce2009
Community Service AwardDaughter's of the American Revolution2012
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 1
Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2016
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization Based on our status as an all-volunteer organization, TPG has redistributed responsibilities of the CEO by creating three positions. A CFO for financial and accounting expertise; and a CEO, who now focuses primarily being the face of the organization, serve on the Board. A COO position has been created and filled to provide supervision of the day-to-day operations of the organization activities and volunteers. This newly adopted structure will allow us to manage projects more efficiently and not overburden leadership and the CEO.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Sheldon Harris
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Martha Bireda Bernice Russell Foundation
Mr. Merritt Brown Bernice Russell Foundation
Mr. Eric DeYoung Charlotte State Bank
Ms. Sandra Dressler Retired
Mr. Craig Easterly Community Volunteer
Mr. Sheldon Harris Consultant
Ms. Ellen Harvey Charlotte County School District
Ms. Nancy A. Johnson Consultant
Mr. Jeffery R. Kuhns The McCrory Lawfirm
Mr. Lew Morrissey Retired
Mrs. Marie Moseley Bayfront Hospital
Mr. Dennis O'Brien Retired
Mr. Mike Ruiz Sun Newspaper
Ms. Michelle Rumreich Habitat for Humanity
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 8
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 53
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Governance Comments by Organization
As an all-volunteer organization, TEAM Punta Gorda has proven that it is a well-run and efficient organization.  This is largely because of the wealth of experience these volunteers bring from a variety of successful careers.  They have proven that they know how to organize, prioritize, lead, manage, and effectively bring a community together to effect change while preserving the historic character of the community.  This runs throughout the organization from the Board of Directors down through the nearly 20 committees in place.  TEAM Punta Gorda has become a role model to other citizen-based, grass-roots organizations that are forming in the greater Charlotte County area.  FEMA is also using TEAM Punta Gorda as a role model in how to effectively speed up the pace of recovery from natural disasters.  Punta Gorda's thriving community is largely due to the collaborative efforts of TEAM Punta Gorda with other organizations including governmental partners.  Contributions and donations to TEAM Punta Gorda's programs are proven to have a great return-on-investment to the community.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $139,400.00
Projected Expenses $143,660.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$51,321$104,127$91,961
Administration Expense$6,867$0$0
Fundraising Expense$1,389$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.871.211.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$111,871$119,160$97,610
Current Assets$107,842$118,148$96,450
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$111,871$119,160$97,610
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $35,472Contributions, gifts, grants $115,741Contributions, gifts, grants $98,228
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $16,387Fundraising $9,823Fundraising $8,394
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $122Investment Income $108Investment Income $120
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
TEAM Punta Gorda (TPG) is an all-volunteer, non-profit corporation.  All programs are delivered by volunteers (no paid staff), significantly decreasing the cost to provide these services to the community.  We also seek other grants and contributions to complete the programs that are provided directly to collaborating partners, never passing through TPG's financial records. This greatly skews the administrative cost of the organization as a percentage of the overall TPG's annual budget.
TPG is a fiscally-responsible organization and makes use of the financial resources donated to it in a very prudent manner. All monthly financial transactions are reviewed and reported by Strang, Olsen, & Lynch, CPAs (SOL).  SOL determined that TPG's financials do not need to be audited because the annual revenues are under the threshold where an audit would be required.  2009-2011 End-Of-Year financial statements prepared by SOL are on file at the Giving Partner.  2008-2010 Form 990s are available at the Giving Partner.  SOL 2011 revenues were under the threshold where a Form 990 is required.  The SOL statement to the IRS regarding 2011 revenues is also available on at the Giving Partner.
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990.  Financial figures are taken from IRS Form 990s, with the exception of tax year 2011.  In that year, the nonprofit filed a 990-N.  Accordingly, financial information for 2011 was taken from their CPA-prepared compilations.
Nonprofit Team Punta Gorda Inc
Address 227 Sullivan Street
Suite 124
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Phone 941 637-8326