Friday July 21, 2023
Chamber President John Wright’s newspaper column from July 18th.
Your Chamber's Got Talent
August 17th, 7pm
Chamber Members: SHOW US YOUR UNIQUE TALENT!
Whitney Grace, last year’s winner, will open the show, but won’t be a contestant.
Join us for a fun evening of entertainment from 10 local acts sharing their talent with the community: singing, stand-up comedy, dancing, poetry reading, etc.
There is no charge to enter!
We’re looking for 2 more sponsors at $300 each.
SIGN UP TODAY!
PG Chamber Radio Show Exclusively
For PG Chamber Members:
BOOKING FOR September!
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
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, we have Marker 5 starting at 6:00 PM. On Saturday, we have Dirty Little Secrets playing at 7:00 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. Lastly, we have comedy in our Library this Friday and Saturday.
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.
TIME Realty Services, Inc. (Gold)
The June numbers are in! Zip 33950: 77 sales up 1%, $450K median price down 2%YOY, 64% cash, 33% conventional loan, 272 active listings up 73%, 73 pending down 26%. Zip 33983: 51 sales down 31%, $369K median price down 2%YOY, 33% cash, 55% conventional loan, 190 active listings up 206%, 89 pending down 34%. Charlotte County: 564 sales down 20%YOY, $358K median price down 4%YOY, 52% cash, 34%conventional loans, 2138 active listings, up 104%, 948 pending down 11%. As you can see there are large variances within the county. The days on market are stretching out. Just a little over 30% of the sales are in 0-10 days, 11-20 days and 31-60 days are starting to gain percentages. Have questions about your zip code? I am always available for questions. Della
The Wyvern (Gold)
The Wyvern (Gold) – Special room offer for teachers and staff in Charlotte, DeSoto, Sarasota, and Lee counties, $199. Based on Availability June 1-August 31 Blackout Date July 4 Valid School ID Required for Check In One Night Stay In A Standard King Room Sunset Champagne Toast for Two 10% off all Food & Beverage
Click here for a special Cinco de Mayo Special Rate! 941.639.7700 Ext 3, 101 East Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
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, and 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 are welcome! Come check us out or call 941-214-8599
Fishermen's Village (Silver)
– FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!!! To all of our valued customers and visitors: In reference to the newspaper article announcing a Foreclosure action involving Fishermen’s Village, please know that Fishermen’s Village is not closing. We will continue our day to day operations as normal and look forward to serving you!
Fishermen’s Village is hosting the Seventh Annual Tiki Fest on August 5th from 12 Noon – 6pm 🎉
Scheduled performances to include:
- The Hawaiian Band of Orlando
- Napua Polynesian Dance Troupe
- Peter Coleson Hawaiian Way Ukulele performer
- Hula Connection performance
Variety of Vendors will be displaying along the Village promenade. Family friendly, free admission and free parking!
Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea (Silver)
ONLY one more week until our HHC Blackberry Chocolate Chip Frappe is GONE! Don’t forget you can add it to any drink, a latte, cappuccino, cold brew, or anything your heart desires.
Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine (Silver)
Are you READY for back to school?! To celebrate we are having DOUBLE LOYALTY POINTS on every order starting Monday July 24th and running ALL the way till August 5th! Come on down and take advantage on these DOUBLE POINTS and keep an eye out for other messages in the future for loyalty members!
Animal Welfare League (Bronze)
Join us at the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County on July 22 from 10 AM to 8 PM for our extended hours adoption event! No appointments needed, and we offer special adoption rates: $25 for Adult and Senior Large Breed Dogs, $25 for Adult and Senior Cats. Don’t miss our exclusive deal for kittens: adopt one, get the second at half off – $225 for the set. Enjoy delicious food from two food trucks and scrumptious home-baked goods while finding your new furry friend!
Visit the SOTL event page for more information
Charlotte Players (Bronze)
– 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 email@example.com for contract submission or questions.
PicklePlex® of Punta Gorda (Bronze)
Reservations are necessary for Monday Night Guided Practice. Sign up by 9 am Mondays. The first 26 registered may attend. New players, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
C.A.R.E. of Charlotte County (Support)
Reminder: Bowling for C.A.R.E is quickly approaching! Join us August 5th at Treasure Lanes for an evening of bowling fun, great company and friendly competition. We also have a limited number of lane sponsorships available. Register your team of 4-6 players for $25 per person here!
Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens (Support)
The exhibit “Caribbean Colors” is on display at Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens, Tuesday – Sunday through August 31, and features world-renowned artist Leoma Lovegrove’s art amongst whimsical horticulture displays. 5827 Riverside Drive, Punta Gorda. www.peacerivergardens.org or call 941-621-8299 for more information. Come paint Leoma Lovegrove-inspired artwork with Vino’s Picasso artists outside in the Gardens. The class is held outdoors near the gift shop. $69 for members, $89 for non-members. Beverages will be available for purchase. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/639422970317 for more information.
Virginia B Andes Volunteer Community Clinic (Support)
Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic currently has a Caribbean Vacation Raffle underway. Tickets are $125 with only 300 to be sold. Winner will be announced on September 30. This Caribbean Vacation Package for two includes: a 7 night stay at Upachaya a resort on the island of Roatan, Honduras and includes a snorkel or dive package. Roatan is surrounded by the second largest barrier reef in the world and is known for its superb beaches and aqua waters. This package also provides a $100 gift certificate for Silversides restaurant, $60 for the Roatan Island Brewery Company, a six hour island tour, and a $1,500 voucher toward airfare. Visit our website at https://volunteercare.org/win-a-fabulous-caribbean-vacation-for-two/ to purchase your tickets today. Take a peek at what Upachaya has to offer and visit their website at: https://www.upachaya.com/videos
Visual Arts Center (Support)
The Visual Arts Center is announcing our “5×5 Mural Fundraiser” Call to Artists – Donate your talent to help the Visual Arts Center for our inaugural 5×5 Mural Fundraiser. We are inviting artists to participate by creating original works of art, in a variety of mediums on 5×5 canvases. Collected canvases will be hung together to create a beautiful mural during the months of September and October. A sneak peek exclusive pre-sale reception will be held in September. It will be on display from September 14 – November 7, 2023 and is a wonderful event to support the arts in our community! Call or stop in the Visual Arts Center for more information. 210 Maud St, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 (941) 639-8810 www.VisualArtCenter.org
Nino’s Bakery & Cafe – Did you know… Nino’s Bakery is a WHOLESALE BAKERY? We service food establishments throughout Southwest Florida (such as restaurants, nursing homes, airports) with regular deliveries of breads, pastries and cookies, cakes and pies. Our two 87” ovens allow us to fulfil large orders. Our facility has walk-in refrigerators as well as spacious production space. Yet we still bake with wholesome ingredients that our own retail customers have come to love: unbromated flour, local farm eggs and butter, Florida sugar, and more. Restauranteurs: Nino’s is a “scratch” bakery that can offer you customized desserts and breads, saving you time and manpower, 7 days a week. Easy phone ordering. You and your customers will love the difference! Call 941-833-8912
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
White Pine Services – Hate cleaning? We love it! Looking for a professional commercial cleaning company? Look no further. Clean Here for details.
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.
Team Punta Gorda – Pedal in the Park Saturday July 29 for ages 7-12. Join us for a bike ride through CHEC’s beautiful nature preserve and enjoy fun sops along the way in a scavenger hunt! Breakfast and lunch included, live music, games and more. Click here for more information.
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!
Edison and Ford Winter Estates – On July 30, John Gidding, an architectural designer, tv host, and author will give a special presentation about his newly published book, “At Home with Nature, a Guide to Sustainable, Natural Landscaping” at Edison and Ford Winter Estates. The book provides plans for turning a turfgrass lawn into a well-designed landscape, with the goal of welcoming pollinators and other wildlife, using less water, eliminating pesticides and herbicides, and minimizing fertilizer use. Books will be sold at the event, and Gidding will be available for signing, starting at 10 a.m. near the Banyan Café at the Estates. The presentation will start at noon and will be held in the South Florida Water Management District building at 2301 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33901 (next to the Estates).
Martella Law Firm – It’s very easy to start a business by getting on Florida’s Sunbiz website and filling out a form. However, did you know that the form is only step one in a multi-step process necessary to protect your personal assets from business debts. If you have questions, give Mark Martella, Esq. of the Martella Law Firm PLLC a call at 941-867-6865 to schedule a complimentary, confidential, one hour consultation to discuss how to properly set up your business and protect your family’s assets.
Peace River Wildlife Center – The Peace River Wildlife Center’s Engraved Brick Fundraiser to benefit their new education center has begun. Bricks are available in 4”x8” and 8”x8” sizes and with a variety of clip art options. You may also select a 4”x4” replica tile for your home or office. For more information, please call PRWC (941) 637-3830 or visit https://prwildlife.org/prwc-capital-campaign-fundraising/
Pedelec – We are changing our hours temporarily starting July 24 – August 14, We will be closed Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday and will be open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays from 9am – 1pm. On the days we are closed you can still call and make an appointment for service to drop off your bike at our shop. We will resume normal business hours on Augusts14.
Connect Print & Promotions, LLC – you’re print marketing will light up like a firecracker 🧨 this July when you hashtag connect, Punta Gorda!
YOU are the brand | we are the STANDARD
commercial printing ✅
logo/graphic design ✅
next-level promotional swag ✅
branded apparel ✅
signs & graphics ✅
… it’s ALWAYS about the 👊🏻 people!
#connect 💚🖨💚 #fortheloveofprinting
Archway Institute – Helicopter Golf Ball Drop December 2
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.
Parlade Schaefer Schortz CPAs
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
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 email@example.com
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
INTERNATIONAL KARAOKE COMPETITION **JUDGES NEEDED**
A total of 6 judges for August 12, and 13 are needed. Each judge will be given a voucher for a free meal and drink (nonalcoholic). This is to Judge the 2023 International Karaoke Federation’s STATE FINALS where we have 30 singers from all over SouthWest Florida vying to win their spot to be on TEAM FLORIDA to go to World and compete against 20 countries from around the world in Seattle WA this November for a grand prize of 5,000 cash! This is a fundraising event where we are seeking to promote our best and brightest to show the world that FLORIDA has some of the BEST TALENT in the nation!
If interested, Judges would all need to contact Dawn Rivera at 941-525-6331 to be added to the roster.
Judges would need to come to :
All Stars Bar and Grille
2360 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
For the 12 the time to arrive would be: 11 or 11:30 latest.
For the 13, the time to arrive would be 1pm or 1:30 latest.
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.
C.A.R.E. of Charlotte County – July Newsletter
Calenda Real Estate Group – Newsletter
Charlotte Community Foundation – June Newsletter
Copperfish Books – July Newsletter
Drug Free Charlotte County – Summer Newsletter
Downtown Farmers Market – June Newsletter
Edison and Ford Winter Estates – July Member Magazine
EnVision Quest – July Newsletter
Military Heritage Museum – Gulf Theater July Newsletter
The Nix Team at Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty – Market Update
Punta Gorda Airport – PGD Buzz
Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens – July Gardens at a Glance
Punta Gorda Historical Society – July Newsletter
Punta Gorda Mural Society – June Newsletter
Suncoast Humane Society – Humane Connection Newsletter
TIME Realty Services Inc. – Newsletter
Valerie’s House – Newsletter
Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic – Quarterly Newsletter
YMCA of Southwest Florida – Message from President and CEO
The Yoga Sanctuary – July Newsletter