Thanks to the Charlotte County Airport Authority’s partnership with the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County, Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) has a new colorful photo op spot for passengers to capture a selfie and share on social media.
Local artist Larry E. Palmer painted a Charlotte Harbor sunset mural on a 10-foot wall in the corridor that connects ticketing and baggage claim in the Bailey Terminal. The scene is completed with two bar-height Adirondack chairs sourced from Ocean Isles Outdoor, live greenery provided by TROPEX and a full-color PGD logo installed by Monarch Direct.
The photo op spot was envisioned and facilitated by the Art In Public Places Program (AIPP) Project Coordinator Leigha Murray and is available to the public and travelers alike. It lis ocated in the middle of the window-facing corridor that connects ticketing and baggage claim, just south of the Flybrary. Adjacent automatic doors make exterior access easy, and parking in the short-term lot across the street is free for one hour.
“The idea is to create an iconic spot for PGD travelers to take a photo. We hope it will create a lasting memory and reminder of their journey to southwest Florida,” said PGD’s CEO James W. Parish.
Photo takers are encouraged to “check in” on social media with the hashtags #FlyPGD and #PGDSmize, and tag @PuntaGordaAirport on Facebook, @PuntaGordaAir on Twitter and Fly_PGD on Instagram. Since masks are still required inside the Bailey Terminal, airport staff is encouraging passengers to smile with their eyes – a recent term coined as a “smize” or “smizing.”
Palmer’s handiwork is no stranger to PGD, as his colorful nature-focused paintings adorn the walls in the corridor and ticketing area as part of the Council’s AIPP. Palmer, who has been painting since he was 12 years old, donated his time to create the sunset photo op mural. “It was an honor to help create such a beautiful space where travelers can capture a lasting memory,” said Palmer.
About Punta Gorda Airport
The Charlotte County Airport Authority (CCAA), governed by five elected commissioners, owns and operates the Punta Gorda Airport (PGD), located at 28000 Airport Road, five minutes off I-75, exits 161 and 164. PGD provides quick and easy access to Southwest Florida, and is home to commercial air service, air charters, medical transport services, aircraft maintenance and avionics repair, as well as flight schools, distributers and manufacturers. CCAA is a nontaxing entity and operates as an enterprise fund, totally supported by revenue generated from its operations including rental car concession, parking, fuel sales and hangar, building and land leases on its 2,000-acre property. The CCAA is an independent special district pursuant to chapter 189, Florida Statutes, and operates in accordance with FAA requirements and guidelines. A 2018 economic impact study by the FDOT estimated that PGD is responsible for 12,392 jobs and $1.275 billion in total economic output. For more information, visit www.flypgd.com.
Kaley Miller, Marketing & Communications Manager
Punta Gorda Airport
941.639.1101 ext 131