El Jobean, also known as “The City of Destiny” is an unincorporated community in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. It is located off of County Road 776, on the northern banks of the Myakka River in the city of Port Charlotte.
In 1922-23, the Boston investor Joel Bean platted the town of “El-Jobe-An” (an anagram of his name) at the height of the Florida land boom. He began building up the town by providing a post office and a general store as well as the El Jobean Hotel. However, although hundreds of lots were sold, the entire development of the area failed during the great depression in the 1930s. Rather than returning to Boston, Mr. Bean stayed and eventually died in 1942. He is buried at Indian Spring Cemetery in Punta Gorda.
The major-league baseball team, the Tampa Bay Rays, holds its spring training in Port Charlotte and the Charlotte County Fairground is just three miles away. There are also ample opportunities for watersports and golfing in the area and many cultural events in Port Charlotte and neighboring communities. The Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park spans 42,000 acres, including 70 miles of shoreline along the Charlotte Harbor. Port Charlotte was included in the “Top 25 Places to Retire” by the Editors of Money Magazine in 2009 and as the “Top Best U.S. Best Value Destination by Trivago. Described as “off the beaten tourist path”, the destination’s ranking as one of Sail Magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail”, along with world class fishing, birding, hiking, boating, shopping, and dining were additional reasons Trivago named Port Charlotte as the number one US best travel destination for 2014.
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