Development of the gated community of Burnt Store Marina began in the late 1970s when Florida Design Communities developed the two “natural” harbors by adding seawalls, docks and other marina facilities. By 1980 they were building the 27-hole Golf Club, and the first condo complexes, including South Shore, Marina North Shore, Commodore Club, Rudder Club, Spinnaker Club, Halyard Club and Capstan Club.
In the early 1990s, WCI Communities took over the development, and they built many of the tower condominiums, condo villas, Courtyard homes (single family, 1100 to 1800 square feet), and estate homes (over 1800 square feet). Most of these single family Courtyard and estate homes are legally structured in a unique ownership entity called a Land Condo, where more than two dozen Homeowner Associations actually own and maintain the common areas and the land surrounding each home.
In 2000, Remark Communities acquired the complex and continued to build tower condos, cluster condos, and larger estate homes. They eventually sold the marina operation to Safe Harbor Marinas.
Today there are over 2200 “front doors” in Burnt Store Marina, and just a handful of building lots remaining. The community-at-large is governed by an HOA, Punta Gorda Isles Section 22, and this entity recently purchased the Golf and Activity Club, the Fitness and Tennis Center, and the water irrigation facility on behalf of the homeowners. This purchase has increased the PGI Section 22 annual HOA fee, previously $535/year, by about $400/year for 10 years. There are now 41 individual HOAs for the condos and land condos on the property, and each work in tandem to maintain the beauty and security of this community.
Curiously, the marina complex actually lies in Lee County just south of the Charlotte County line, but has a Punta Gorda mailing address and water/sewer affiliation, a source of confusion for people new to the area.
One of the chief attractions for boaters in SW Florida is that Burnt Store Marina is the largest marina on the west coast of Florida with over 600 wet slips and 400 dry storage has deep water and ready access to the large, protected bay called Charlotte Harbor, and then an easy ten mile run west into the Gulf of Mexico via Boca Grande Pass. The many attractions and amenities of the barrier islands of Sanibel, Captiva, Cayo Costa, Gasparilla, Pine Island, and others, are also an easy boat ride away. Fishing enthusiasts enjoy world-class flats and bottom fishing just outside of the marina harbors.