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Friday August 25, 2023

Chamber President John Wright’s newspaper column from August 22.

PG Chamber Radio Show Exclusively For PG Chamber Members:

Our monthly radio show on Seaview 104.9FM during the Bob Alexander
Radio Show is on the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month. The process is simple. Bob will call you, set up a recording time and it’ll be done over the phone and inserted into the programming of this popular show. You get the option to record two slots or record one to air twice during the show. Bob will let you know during which hour it will air. The cost is $110 (payable to the PG Chamber, not iHeart). To register for the show, email John Wright. Only 10 businesses per month. It’s a great way to promote your business, advertise an event, or show community support.

Members-Only Networking Events

**Please remember to RSVP directly to events by emailing reception@puntagorda-chamber.com, by calling us at 941-639-3720 or by paying for lunch online. We LOVE to see you but we appreciate knowing you’re coming to provide our host with an accurate count to better accommodate us. Thank you for your assistance!

Four Points By Sheraton (Platinum)

Come beat the heat at The Tiki Bar! Enjoy a cocktail in your hand with your toes in the sand while listening to the sounds of our live music. On Friday, come see the Dirty White Boys at 6:00 PM! On Saturday, we have Rivals and Villians playing at 6:00 PM. Please click here to see when all of your favorite bands will play this month. The Tiki Bar is offering 6 summer lunch specials Monday through Friday for only $12.95. Enjoy them while they last! They also have Happy Hour daily Monday- Friday from open until 6:00 PM. We offer $3 draft beers, $4 house well cocktails, and $5 house wines. Don’t forget about our Dockside Grill inside the hotel. We offer Happy Hour daily from 4-7 pm. We also have an AYCE Fish Fry on Friday nights and Prime Rib Saturdays. 

The Harborside Garden, is now open for private events. We are currently booking weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, celebration of life, corporate events etc. It can hold up to 300 people for dinner and 500 for a reception style get together. Please call Kelly Williamson at 941-637-6770 for more information. 

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold)

Open 8 am to 1 pm Saturdays..

TIME Realty Services, Inc. (Gold)

July numbers are in! 33950: 52 sales down 22%, total sale value: 27M down 34%, median price $399K down 13%, 

33% of listings in contract 0-10 days, 267 listings up 59% 33983: 30 sales down 43%, total sale value: 11M down 46%, median price $365K down 8%, 27% of listings in contract 0-10 days, 173 listings up 116%. All Charlotte County: 467 sales down 12%, total sales value: 203M down 8%, median price $363K down .53%,

30% of listings in contract 0-10 days, 2118 listings up 75%. If you would like to know about your zip code please reach out. 

CAM Realty (Silver) – Virtual office available in Punta Gorda, $99/+tax per month. Provides your company the image of an office without the cost of dedicated office space. Contact CAM Realty: 941.833.0083.

CAM Realty (Silver)

Virtual office available in Punta Gorda, $99/+tax per month. Provides your company the image of an office without the cost of dedicated office space. Contact CAM Realty: 941.833.0083.

Coastal Expressions Wine Bar (Silver)

Coastal Expressions Wine Bar is Located in the Isles at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd, Suite 1135. Come try our exciting NEW Summer Menu that features wraps, salads, tapas, and our famous flatbreads. Our charcuterie boards pair well with our unique wine selections too. Want an easy and tasty snack…get a charcuterie and bottle of wine to go! Join us for a delicious meal and entertainment: Trivia is every Thursday starting at 6:30 and Wine-O-Bingo is every Friday at 6 pm. Summer hours are Tuesday 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday 11 am to 8 pm. Visit www.coastal-expressions.com to view the menu, events calendar and book your private party. Small or Large groups welcome! Come check us out or call 941-214-8599.

Creative Window Treatments (Silver)

We are here for your window treatments needs. Area’s only Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer. Plantation shutters, blinds, shades, drapery and more. Call 941.637.0015

Fishermen's Village (Silver)

The Cultural Heritage Center of Southwest Florida and Fishermen’s Village present the 5th annual International Culture Fest Saturday, August 26, 2023. Entertainment is featured 12-8; specialty vendors 12-6. Enjoy a family fun journey of international cuisine, cultural crafts, live performances, educational activities & more.  Full details at www.fishermensvillage.com.

August Calendar of Events and Sunset Beach September Calendar

Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea (Silver)

Our Chocolatiers and Bakers have done it again! Come down and see the huge variety of NEW and exciting cookies, cake, bars, protein balls, and more! Don’t forget to try the Frappe of the Month Avalanche (Coconut & Mocha)!!

Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine (Silver)

We will be Closed August 28th and 29th for maintenance. All online/website orders will still be excepted and shipped out on time. Please contact us at 941 505 0479 with any questions. Thank you to our loyal customers, we will re-open August 30th at 10AM. 

Military Heritage Museum (Silver in Kind)

Patriots Gala November 11 – Sponsorship Opportunities

Animal Welfare League (Bronze)

Join us in celebrating the Animal Welfare League’s momentous 60th anniversary with “Paws for a Cause” on December 3, 2023! This grand event promises a day of fun and compassion for animals in need. We invite vendors and sponsors to be a part of this special occasion, making a positive impact on the lives of our furry friends. For more details, visit AWLshelter.org/Paws-for-a-cause or reach out to events@awlshelter.org. Let’s come together to support a brighter future for animals.

Charlotte Players (Bronze)

Meet two of the cast for the 11th Annual Comedy for a Cause Cast. Jacob Alsbrook works at Quality Treasures. He is from Los Angeles and has a 25-year history in both film and television behind the scenes and in front of the camera. Jacob was most recently in Charlotte Players Murder on the Orient Express. Show your support for Jacob at https://bit.ly/CFAC-Jacob. Jeff is the Senior Sales Manager with Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau. He recently moved to Port Charlotte. Support Jeff at https://bit.ly/CFAC-Jeff. For tickets on September 29th go to www.charlotteplayers.org.  

Support your local theater and advertise with Us! If you have ever gone to a play, you know as you enter the theater you are handed a Playbill. Within that playbill you can learn about the Actors and Production Staff. You should also know that many local businesses have different size ads on many of those playbill pages. What a great way to support Charlotte Players and get your name out there. Those playbills go home with our patrons. We have 8 plays between September and May. Each play has a range from as few as nine shows to as many as fifteen. Think of 10,000 people that will be able to see your ad locally. Our ads have a price for every budget. From $150 for an 1/8 Page ad to an Back Cover Page in color ad for $1,300. Increase Your Reach. For more ad details click here https://www.charlotteplayers.org/support/ways-to-give/. If interested contact lori.wagner@charlotteplayers.org for contract submission or questions.

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze)

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The Yoga Sanctuary – Yoga at Downtown Kava: A Community Class Saturday, August 19th 7:30am

Did you know that August is National Self Awareness Month? Come join The Yoga Sanctuary and Downtown Kava as we celebrate and honor the process of becoming more self-aware with a donation-based Community Yoga Class on the DTK Porch! All donations will benefit the Fred Lang Foundation for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment. Open to all levels. Limited mats will be available, please bring your own if possible. 


An Inversion Immersion for Everyone!

Sunday, August 27th 1 – 3pm $40 

We often hear about how amazing inversions are for the body and mind. In this fun-filled, empowering workshop, you will explore and experiment with the art and joy of being down-side up. Join us and be guided slowly through many variations of classic inversions, finding your way to the inversion that suits you best! Open to ALL levels of students. 


Gilded Lily Band – October 22 – a family friendly musical event held at TT’s on the Harbor raising funds for the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. Click here to see how you can help!


D.I.S.Tech Services Inc. – We manage IT systems for other companies. Whether you have 5 computers or 150, we have the tools and management skills to help your business succeed. Give us a call at 941-867-9772 or 217-492-8042 to see how we can help you.


Paradise Golf Course – All First Responders – Fire Fighters, Police, EMT, Retired or Active Duty Military, $19.95 +tax – All can you play, all day, everyday! Price includes a pint of draft beer, wine or soda, Proper ID required. offer expires November 1, 2023


Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor – Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor, opening October 2023, is the first completely new-build resort of its size to open in Southwest Florida in over 13 years. This premier resort destination features a signature list of 785 coastal-inspired guest rooms including 189 luxurious Sunsuites™ that are perfect for those looking for a longer-term stay or just to feel at home a little extra space while on vacation. Guests will discover the magic of limitless bliss with some of the finest amenities on the gulf coast. Whether you are looking to soak up the sun at one of our two breathtaking pools, recharging at the spa & salon, or savor the flavors of our 20 food & beverage concepts offering cuisines from around the globe, Sunseeker Resort has something for everyone.


Big Shot Marketing & Design – We are committed to providing tangible results for our clients. That means generating leads, increasing online purchases or reaching any digital marketing goal you’re looking to achieve. Your website should be making you money. It’s that simple. If your website isn’t generating leads or closing sales, then it’s time to rethink your digital marketing strategy. In order to have truly effective marketing strategies, you need to understand who your ideal client is, and how to reach them.


Suncoast Humane Society – You’re invited to the Art for Animals Auction event to benefit Suncoast Humane Society. Join us at The Waverly Restaurant and Bar on September 30th from 5pm – 8pm for a fun-filled evening of art, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Take advantage of the discount ticket pricing of $65 available until August 31st – tickets are limited so don’t wait! Sponsorships are available! Please click here for more information.


Punta Gorda Historical Society – VISIT THE MARKET – The Sunday Market and Artisans Village at History Park, 501 Shreve Street. Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday!


Charlotte County Boys & Girls Club – Clubs for Kids Golf Tournament Saturday September 16, Riverwood Gold Club $600 Foursome or $150 Individuals includes green fees, cart, breakfast, BBQ lunch, 2 beverage tickets per player, soft drinks and more. Click here for more details.


Martella Law Firm – Have you been putting off preparing a Last Will and Testament until next year? Well, the year is more than half over and your next year is here! It is so important to have the right documents in place BEFORE a medical emergency happens. Give Mark Martella, Esq., of the Martella Law Firm, PLLC a call at 941-867-6865 (or e-mail him at mark@martellalaw.com) to schedule a complimentary, confidential, one hour consultation to discuss your options to be prepared for when “life happens.”


Peace River Wildlife Center – The Peace River Wildlife Center (PRWC) will present “What a Hoot,” an evening of comedy starring Mark Evans and Al Ernst. Tickets can be purchased by going to prwildlife.org. The event, set for Saturday, August 26 at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association (2001 Shreve St, Punta Gorda) will benefit the PRWC’s future state-of-the-art education center on Henry Street, Punta Gorda.


Suncoast Humane Society – Join us for the Art for Animals Auction event to benefit Suncoast Humane Society at The Waverly Restaurant and Bar on September 30th from 5pm – 8pm for a fun-filled evening of art bidding, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Take advantage of the discount ticket pricing of $65 available until August 31st – tickets are limited so don’t wait!


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Archway InstituteHelicopter Golf Ball Drop December 2


Edison and Ford Winter Estates – On October 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Edison and Ford Winter Estates will host the annual “Airing of the Quilts” quilt show. Dozens of quilts from the Southwest Florida Quilters Guild will be on display, suspended from clotheslines between the palms in front of the historic homes. Quilters Guild participants will also have quilts available for sale.

Punta Gorda Boat Club – Sunset Social. Do you have your own boat? Interested in swapping stories with other boaters? Want to learn more about boating in Charlotte Harbor? Well then, come join us for our Sunset Social which is held every fourth Friday from 5 to 7pm at our Clubhouse 802 W Retta Esplanade in Punta Gorda. We’ll be happy to tell you more about our Club as well. Bring an appetizer to share and the beverage of your choice. Call Jan at 941-743-2472 for more information, or check us out at puntagordaboatclub.com. Hope to see you there!


ERC Refund – Get paid to help your Local Businesses!

I work with Bottom Line Concepts where we help local businesses get ERC Refund Money if they retained their employees during the pandemic. Click here to find out more!


ARCHway Institute – Mark your calendars! ARCHway’s discovery dinner is October 20, 2023


Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.


John Guarino M.D. PA
Matthew Tufts M.D.
Vincent Brown M.D.

Physician’s Assistant

Seeking PA for well-established group of 3 surgeons (General, Bariatrics, and Endoscopy) in Charlotte County. Full-time employment with 1 weekend per month of call. Full benefits package includes malpractice insurance, health insurance, 401K, and 3 weeks of vacation/year. Salary is negotiable based on experience, with a productivity bonus offered after the first year. Duties include surgery assistance, independent patient care, and directing our screening colonoscopy program and bariatric program. Email CV/Resume to office@guarinomd.com

D.I.S. Tech Services Inc.

IT Support Technician (Part-time)

Hiring part-time I.T. Technician.  If interested, contact Josh at 941.867.9772 or email jmontgomery@distechusa.com

Parlade Schaefer Schortz CPAs

Tax Associate
Primary responsibility is preparing Income Tax Returns including forms 1040, 1065, 1120, 1120S, and 1041, along with some state returns. The person will review client accounting, make necessary adjustments and prepare financial statements. This position will also assist clients with IRS issues and write responses to the IRS. There will also be some payroll reporting, year-end reporting and administrative work as needed.
For more information, click here.

Florida Premier Contractors

Multiple Positions
Florida Premier Contractors is hiring. We are a commercial general contractor located in Punta Gorda, FL. We are hiring for the following positions: Assistant Superintendent, Project Superintendent, Project Assistant, Project Manager & estimator. Please send your resume to admin@fpcbuilds.com

Fishermen's Village

Multiple Positions

Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda’s premiere shopping and dining destination, is currently seeking full time and part time maintenance employees. Join our team!
For full details and to apply, Visit: https://www.Indeed.com/cmp/fishermen’s-village/jobs

The Suites at Fishermen’s Village (luxury accommodations located on the second level) is seeking Custodial and Housekeeping team members. For full details and to apply visit: Https://www.indeed.com/cmp/the-suites-at-fisherman’s-village/jobs 



Vote-by-mail ballot requests must be RENEWED after each General Election Cycle. To vote by Mail in 2023-2024, you must submit a new Vote by Mail Request.

Click here for more information.


October 21, 2023 – benefitting The Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County & Crossroads Hope Academy.

Click HERE for more information.


Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County – Newsletter


C.A.R.E. of Charlotte County – August Newsletter


Calenda Real Estate Group – Newsletter


Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity – Newsletter


Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Prevention Newsletter


Copperfish Books – August Newsletter


Drug Free Charlotte County – Summer Newsletter


Downtown Farmers Market – August Newsletter


Edison and Ford Winter Estates – July Member Magazine


EnVision Quest – August Newsletter


Loveland Center – Newsletter


Military Heritage Museum – Gulf Theater August Newsletter and August Military Heritage Museum Happenings & Highlights


The Nix Team at Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty August Newsletter


Punta Gorda Airport – PGD Buzz


Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens – Sweet to the Core!


Punta Gorda Historical Society – August Newsletter


Punta Gorda Mural SocietyJuly Newsletter


Punta Gorda Rotary Club – Newsletter


Sandstar Remodeling – July Newsletter


Sea Grape Gallery – August Newsletter


Senior Friendship Centers – Connections


Suncoast Humane Society – Humane Connection Newsletter


TIME Realty Services Inc. – Newsletter


Valerie’s HouseNewsletter


Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic – Quarterly Newsletter


The Yoga Sanctuary – August Newsletter

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