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Friday July 28, 2023

Chamber President John Wright’s newspaper column from July 25th.

Your Chamber's Got Talent

August 17th, 7pm



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!

sponsored needed

We’re looking for 2 more sponsors at $300 each.


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

**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, 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. 

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold)

Open 8 am to 1 pm Saturdays..

TIME Realty Services, Inc. (Gold)

The Second Quarter numbers have arrived – Wow, this year is half over. 33950: 231 sales down 11%, total dollar volume: $135M down 13%, median price $475K down 6%. 33983: 137 sales down 29%, total dollar volume: $51M down 28%, median price $370K down 4%. Charlotte County: 1739 sales down 20%, $738M down 24%, median price $355K down 3%. It’s important to know the numbers! If you have questions about your zip code please reach out. -Della 

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

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)

 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!

August Calendar of Events

Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea (Silver)

Starting Monday we are INTRODUCING, back from popular demand….HHC Avalanche Frappe! This handcrafted espresso beverage is blended with house-made rich mocha sauce and coconut syrup creating the perfect beverage for anyone to enjoy! This is a limited Frappe only for the month of August so make sure to indulge on one now! 

Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine (Silver)

ONE MORE WEEK for DOUBLE POINTS on everything!! Ending August 5th! Come on down and get your Loyalty Points you all deserve! 

Military Heritage Museum (Silver in Kind)

Patriots Gala November 11 – Sponsorship Opportunities

Animal Welfare League (Bronze)

Be a Pawsitive Change-Maker! At Animal Welfare League, our cats are looking for caring souls to light up their lives. Become a cat care volunteer and help us make a difference in our local pet stores from North Port to Punta Gorda! Your love and support can provide these cats with the warm and nurturing environment they deserve. Whether you prefer hands-on animal care or supporting our team in other ways, we have a perfect role for you! Volunteer now and be part of the change! #VolunteerWithPurpose #CaringSouls #AnimalWelfareLeague #PawsitiveChange

Visit AWLshelter.org/Volunteer to apply today!

Charlotte Players (Bronze)

Meet the cast for the 11th Annual Comedy for a Cause! Jacob Alsbrook, Jeff Berg, Christa Cabrera, Mark Dumser, Cole Kelly, Tammy Madden-McKee, Jennifer Miles, Natalie Proctor, Isaiah Shaw, and Carol Whitty! Join this cast and your community for a night of Improv lead by Dr. Chris Constance. Taking place at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda. Buy tickets or become a Sponsor for is event at www.charlotteplayers.org To make donations for each of these cast members go to https://www.mightycause.com/event/Comedyforacause2023

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)

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 gloria.reilly@pickleplex.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)

Pineapple Fest / July 29 / 9-2pm – Punta Gorda was once the premiere supplier of our nation’s pineapples, second only to the fishing industry in the area. Located in an area of Charlotte County called Solana (just up Riverside Drive from The Gardens) this pineapple production facility set our region on the map for harvesting this tropical treat. 


Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens will be honoring our region’s rich history and celebrating this tropical delicacy with a first annual Pineapple Fest on Saturday July 29 from 9-2pm. With daily admission to The Gardens, you’ll enjoy live music, food trucks, kids’ crafts, unique vendors, fun games, and so much more. Are you a pineapple enthusiast? Bring your largest, home-grown pineapple for the Biggest Pineapple Contest (judging starts at 10am). Love to cook? Bring your best pineapple inspired dessert to be judged in our cookoff (drop off between 9-11am, and judging starts at 11:30am)! The Gardens has also propagated hundreds of unique pineapple plants that will be available for purchase. Come to Pineapple Fest and take home a unique variety to add to your home or yard!

Member Information


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

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.

Southwest Florida Honor Flight – – Hungry?!? Make plans to dine out at Monty’s Restaurant & Pizzeria on Wednesday, August 9 4-9pm. A portion of the proceeds from that night goes towards funding a future Honor Flight! If you would like to learn more about our program, or submit an application for a flight as a veteran or a guardian, please visit our website. #ItsAllForTheVeterans

Caffe’ Cow – Do you like BBQ? We love BBQ and we are going to invite you to the inaugural #BBQmanaia! 4 local SWFL Pitmasters know BBQ is good for bringing the community together. Bring your friends, family and even your dogs! This is a BYOB event. Location The corner of Jones Loop Rd and Alfred Blvd. Punta Gorda Friday July 28 at 5pm

Joyliving SW Florida, Keller Williams Realty Gold – Open House Friday and Saturday July 28 and 29. San Jorge Drive, Punta Gorda. Click here for details.

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!

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.

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!


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… it’s ALWAYS about the 👊🏻 people! 

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Archway InstituteHelicopter 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.


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.


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 SocietyJune Newsletter

Suncoast Humane Society – Humane Connection Newsletter

TIME Realty Services Inc. – Newsletter

Valerie’s HouseNewsletter

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic – Quarterly Newsletter

YMCA of Southwest Florida – Message from President and CEO

The Yoga Sanctuary – July Newsletter

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