Punta Gorda Town is
located on the west coast of the Caribbean Sea in Southern Belize.
It is geographically part of the Gulf of Honduras. The town is the
administrative capital of the Toledo District.
Punta Gorda Town has a
population of approximately 5,500 inhabitants/989 households. The
approximate area of Punta Gorda Town is 0.88 square miles/2.3
million sq. meters.
Punta Gorda functions
as the economical center for the surrounding villages. People from
an area of 900 square miles commute daily to the district capital
for work and trade.
Punta Gorda has a
hospital, a campus of the University of Belize, one high school, one
secondary (continuation) school, three primary schools, three
pre-schools and several denominational churches. There is a local
branch of the Belize Bank and a Credit Union. Several sub-offices of
Central Government Ministries are headquartered in the town,
including the Police Department and the Magistrate’s Court.
There is access to
services such as electricity, potable water, cable television,
telephone/fax, internet, postal, local airlines, and bus
transportation. There are regular bus services from the rural
villages to the municipality.
The main economic activities
include businesses, services, construction, fishing, tourism, micro
enterprises and public services.
The town is
administered by a seven member Council elected every three years.
The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer. He is elected directly by
the voters. The Town Council is responsible for the management of
the municipal affairs. The Council employs twenty seven (27) persons
to carry out its legal obligations and provide services to the