According to PTI crew member, Tom Donegan, the beaches at Port Charlotte are an ideal location for after-work summer trekking. He jokingly refers to himself as a proud member of “The Gentlemen’s Adventure Club,” and frequently invites other crew members to join him exploring in their off hours.

“The Charlotte Harbor waterfront is terrific. They have this pavilion where there’s always a band playing, Caribbean style, Jamaican reggae, country. You can walk up and down that beach looking for horseshoe crabs, and you never know what you might find.

“Sometimes you don’t even have to wait until after work. This baby gopher tortoise found us right on the job site while we were working down there. These guys are an endangered species and they live in burrows. They’re a sub-species of turtles and can’t swim, so we were careful to put him back onto the sand.”