Halloween Night in the Historic District – As Halloween night approaches, the City of Punta Gorda is preparing for the deluge of children and parents who annually make their trek to the Punta Gorda area for candy, and of course, for a scare or two. This year, as in years past, it is critical that the public take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the thousands of residents who visit the Historic District on this night each year. , a significant contingent of Punta Gorda Police and Fire personnel will be on hand for the event. On Halloween night (), all members of the public will be required to observe a speed limit of 15 miles per hour within the confines of the Historic District festivities. This speed limit will be strictly enforced. Generally, this area includes the area from Shreve Street to Cross Street (US 41 Southbound), and Olympia Avenue to Retta Esplanade. Punta Gorda Police will have a heavy uniformed police presence in this area with the availability of marked police patrols as well as foot patrols, police bicycles, the Polaris all-terrain vehicle, and golf carts. The Community Services Section will have the interactive trailer set up in Gilchrist Park should attendees need police assistance. Punta Gorda Fire officials will also be patrolling the event with their Medics on Bikes and will have apparatus and personnel prepared to provide medical attention should the need arise on Harvey Street across from the City Hall annex. A number of police volunteers will also be manning intersections for traffic control to assist pedestrians in crossing streets safely. Motorists should be particularly alert for children veering from sidewalks into traffic, particularly since many children are wearing dark-colored clothing. The Police Department is also asking that thru-traffic consider alternative routes due to the high volume of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.