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"I hope everyone enjoyed the train ride, Marquette has some of the best passenger rail service in North America from Amtrak, Via Rail and other regional carriers like Portland Passenger Rail. We have begun our tour here in Port Charlotte, this vibrant, but historic city greets visitors from the shores of the mighty Atlantic Ocean with its older but impressive skyline! Port Charlotte is Marquette's largest city with a population of around 2.5 million in the metro area, frequently nicknamed Portland. Currently you are standing the magnificent Port Charlotte Central Station, one of the largest rail terminals in the country. But I will talk more about that once we are outside, go ahead and grab your bags from baggage claim, and we'll meet just outside the main doors.
"We're lucky to have nice weather for the first day of our tour. Right now we are standing in Allen Square, in the heart of Port Charlotte. Behind us is Port Charlotte Central Station which was built in 1932, it handles approximately 120,000 passengers on an average weekday and is one of the city's most iconic structures, reflecting the city’s strong architectural heritage and historic achievements. Speaking of historic achievements, Port Charlotte is Marquette's oldest city, and the former capital. Allen Square is one of the central gathering places for the city, the monument in the center of the square is named Fallen Heroes Memorial, it was added to the square in 1985 to honor those who have given their lives to protect Marquette's sovereignty and freedom. Allen square is named after General John P. Allen. who led Marquette's forces involved in the D-Day operation during WWII."
"Looking straight across from us is the former Marquette capital building, which is now Port Charlotte City Hall. And as you may notice there is such amazing architecture in the many skyscrapers surrounding us."
"One of the most spectacular is the newest skyscraper in the city the Bank of Marquette tower (right) which was completed in 2014. On the left is Atlantic Street Tower home to 94.5 KPMG Radio as well as other businesses. Lets walk down Atlantic Street towards the ocean and we'll look at two more cultural icons."
"The St. Louis Cathedral draws visitors to its doors from all over the country and the world. Masses are still held in Latin here so if you plan on attending a service, you may want to bring a dictionary or buy one of those language learning DVDs. "
"Directly across the street (right) is the Port Charlotte Performing Arts Center. It hosts concerts, theater productions, speeches, some of Marquette's finest performers such as Judd Nelson began their careers here. If enough of you want I can pull some strings with the Tourism Department and I can get everyone tickets to see Frozen: Live On Stage that will be starting its run this week. The main theater can seat just under 2,500 spectators
Across Cathedral Ave. is the Port Charlotte Children's and Art Museum which contains 3 floors of activities for children and hosts an art gallery containing many fascinating pieces of artwork, including pieces from the Penobscot tribes that once called this region home. The Port Charlotte Zoo is also very close by, the zoo features many animals from all over the world.
"One of the fanciest towers in downtown is what's known as the Glass Angels Towers, the twin glass spiral towers that are home to the headquarters of two large corporations. Although one of the companies names escapes me at the moment, Cross Insurance whom we'll talk more about in a moment. Let's take go down to the marina where are charter boat will take us a little up the Scamman River which empties into the Atlantic Ocean here in Port Charlotte."
"One final shot of downtown as we head down river."
As we sail up the Scamman, we enter the sports district, I mentioned Cross Insurance earlier, on the left is Cross Insruance Arena. Built in 1977, it was the home arena for the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League for 23 seasons until 2016. However there will be a new Pirates team taking their place in the Marquette Juunior Hockey League (MJHL) with a seating capacity of 6,733 permanent seats for hockey, and up to 9,500 for concerts, the age of the arena doesn't mean it lacks any modern amenities.
And of course on the left is Marquette Airways Field, this stadium recently received a renovation that saw the addition of a retractable roof which is the same type of roof used on Safeco Field in Seattle, unfortunately the manufacturer shipped it with the name on the top, but that's scheduled to be removed after this season. With a seating capacity of 40,000 the stadium is the largest stadium in the Marquette National Baseball League (MNBL) home to the Port Charlotte Seadogs.
"Now we'll head back to our hotel in downtown for dinner, as I'm told it should be ready soon. Tomorrow we'll look around the University Shores area."