Friday Facts for June 10, 2022

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Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends, here are your Friday Facts from the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce.

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Chamber President John Wright’s newspaper column from June 7.

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Member Business of the Week

Springhill Suites by Mariott

Step Up Your Stay At Our Punta Gorda Hotel

Located steps from the scenic waterfront, Springhill Suites Punta Gorda Harborside offers convenient hotel amenities and comfortable style near the Peace River and Port Charlotte. After landing at nearby Punta Gorda Airport, visitors can explore Charlotte Harbor, Laishley Park and Fishermen’s Village. Following an exciting outing, retire to your hotel suite with stylish decor and soft beds. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi and Smart TVs with premium movie channels. In the morning, rise and shine with a free hot breakfast featuring a selection of delicious favorites and refreshing beverages.

ADDRESS: 101 Harborside Ave., Punta Gorda 33950


PHONE: 941.347.4224

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Reserve Your Tickets Today!
Your Chamber’s Got Talent

Thursday, August 4, 7 PM
Gulf theater at the Military Heritage Museum
900 West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda

Tickets are $25 (plus administration fee)

Join us for an evening of entertainment from more than 10 local acts sharing their talents with the community: singing, stand-up comedy, etc. and YOU can be part of the voting to select this year’s winner!

Tickets available on Gulf Theater’s website:
For more information, call 941-639-3720

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Where’s John Now?

Take a Tour of a Local Business and Chamber Member with John. CLICK HERE to find out where he visited this week.

This video will be shared here in Friday Facts, on our Chamber website, and on our Chamber Social Media pages. If you would like to have a visit from John please contact Tara Zajas at or call the office (941) 639-3720 to schedule a date.

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PG Chamber Radio Show:

Exclusively For PG Chamber Members

NOW BOOKING FOR JULY. 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 very simple – no need to visit the studio. Bob will call you, set up a recording time and it’ll be done over the phone and inserted directly into the programming of this very popular show. You get the option to record two x 2.5 minute slots or else simply record one and have it aired twice during the show. Bob will be able to let you know exactly during which hour it will air. The cost is an incredible $110 (payable to the PG Chamber, not iHeart). To register for the show, simply email John Wright. The rest we’ll take care of for you. Only 10 businesses per month, so don’t delay. Offering you a great way to promote your business, advertise an event or simply to show your community support.

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Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office 2nd Quarter Awards Luncheon

Save the Date – Friday, August 5th 11:30am til 1:00 pm

Proceeds benefit the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.

For more details or sponsorship information, email Formal invitation to follow announcing awardees.

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Networking Events

**Please remember to RSVP directly to events by emailing, 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!

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Tuesday, June 21: Business After Hours 5:30-7 pm Join your Chamber at Room By Room Furnishings, 258 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business! Please be sure to RSVP to or call 941.639.3720.

Wednesday, June 29: Networking Luncheon, Noon-1:30 pm

Join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Village Brewhouse at Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Menu choices: Quinoa Bowl (Vegan), Sloppy Joe with Fries, Grilled Chicken Caesar, Buffalo Chicken Wrap with Fries (a little spicy) and Grilled Shrimp Skewer with Seasoned Rice. Please be sure to RSVP to or call 941.639.3720. NOTE: Cancellations not accepted after 3 pm on Friday before event. Cost is $20 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover and AMEX. Our guest speaker: Laura Kohn from Beyond Transformation.

Wednesday, July 13: Business Over Breakfast, 7:15-8:30 am

Join your Chamber for our Networking Breakfast at the Isles Yacht Club, 1780 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Taking place at this event will be a debate between the two candidates running for Charlotte Airport Authority’s District 2 seat. RSVP to or call 941.639.3720

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Online Reservations for Chamber Luncheons are available by clicking HERE
(Please include your lunch choice in the comments box)

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2022 Annual Awards Banquet Dinner

Join us on September 17 at the Isles Yacht Club, 1780 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda at 6:30 pm to celebrate the Chamber’s year, thank our outgoing Chair Alexia Martin and welcome Cherie George and her Board to their new positions. We celebrate our Partners in Action as we always do. $80 per person – cash bar. Seating is limited, RSVP now. Call 941.639.3720 (Monday-Friday, 10 am-2 pm) or email

You can also purchase tickets online HERE.

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All the Following Information is for Our Community.

Please Support Our Local Businesses!

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Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum) – T.T’s Tiki Bar is in full summer mode! Please click to find out when all your favorite bands will be playing this month. T.T.’s Tiki Bar is offering lunch specials Monday through Friday for only $9.95 on many of the most popular menu items. Take advantage of this deal all summer long. Don’t forget, the Dockside Grill inside the hotel is still doing All You Can Eat Fish and Chips on Friday night and Prime Rib on Saturdays. 

The Tiki Bar … The Place To Be!!

TIME Realty Services, Inc (Gold) – Current seven day rolling stats for PG, PC and NP: 
188 new listings, 197 new contracts, 206 new closings. Thinking of selling? I would be happy to provide a complimentary property analysis.
Della Booth, Broker. Cell 239.699.4493

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) The Punta Gorda Farmers Market is open every Saturday, 8 am-Noon (Summer Hours). June Newsletter

ShorePoint Health (Gold) ShorePoint Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda have a broad impact in the region.

Click here for the Community Benefit Report.

CAM Realty (Silver) – Virtual office available in Downtown Punta Gorda, $99/+tax per month.

A virtual office plan provides your company the image of a professional office without the cost of dedicated office space. Use our company address for a business mailing address and conference room access while growing your business. Contact CAM Realty to find out how affordable using a Virtual Office plan can be: 941.833.0083.

Creative Window Treatments (Silver) – Your local Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer. We offer all types of custom window treatments for any business or commercial setting with two locations. Call for your free In-Home consultation! 941.637.0015 / 941.828.0000

WENG Radio (Silver In Kind) We want to help Chamber members by broadcasting information about their business to the public. Click here for a special Chamber members-only rate!

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – 10th Annual Comedy for a Cause is looking for cast members! The annual fundraiser where community leaders come together to entertain with side-splitting improvisational antics is taking place on September 9 and is lead by and taught by Dr. Chris Constance. Are you ready to raise money for a good cause: Community Theatre? Rehearsals start in July. For more information, call 941.255.1022 or email Steve Lineberry at or Jesse Cantwell-Shiner at

Charlotte County Imagination Library, the local affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and a program of the Charlotte Players, announced the receipt of TWO grant awards. Click for details.

Coastal Expressions & Wine (Bronze) – It’s Summertime. It’s time to get out and enjoy some great Food, Wine or Craft Beer with your friends at Coastal Expressions & Wine + Wine Bar. NEW in June Come on in for our Wednesdays “Happy Hour” from 4-7 or stop in on Saturday for our NEW Morning Star Flatbread & Mimosa. Coastal Expression Wine Bar is located in the ISLES at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd in the Plaza at Suite 1135. No need to make a reservation, just come on by. Visit our website at for on-line shopping or menu. Or call us at 941-214-8599

Please join us:

  • Every day for Wine Flights/Tastings. Tuesdays from 10-5, Wednesday-Saturday 10-9 (Except during WINE-O Bingo on Fridays from 5-8 PM)
  • Everyday Sip & Shop while you browse our Unique Boutique for Gifts
  • Every day for Lunch and enjoy our Lunch Special from 11-4 $16.99
  • Every Friday night for WINE-O BINGO. 6-8 PM.  1 card per/person.  $6.00 a card for three games. Win wine bottles as prizes.
  • NEW Saturday for our NEW Morning Star Flatbread & Mimosa $10 
  • This Saturday night, Ladies Night. Come in for our Special for TWO $30.00
  • Every Wednesday for $6 Wine Wednesday by day. Plus join us for Happy Hour from 4-7.
  • Every Thursday night for Trivia. Get your team together (up to 6 people). Win wine & food gift certificates as prizes. Game starts at 6:30 PM.

Military Heritage Museum (Bronze In Kind) – Gulf Theater Season 4 has arrived. Click here for the 2022-2023 schedule.

Animal Welfare League (Support) – AWL has a FULL HOUSE! All large breed adult and senior dogs are just $49.99 until the end of the month! Want to check out our pups before you arrive? Visit to find your favorites before your appointment. Appointments can be made 7 days a week from 10 am-3 pm (Please call ahead)

C.A.R.E. (Support) – Come enjoy a delectable evening with C.A.R.E. Auxiliary as we present our annual Cooking with C.A.R.E. event on Wednesday, June 29.

Drug Free Punta Gorda (Support) – Coalition Meeting, June 14, 11:30 am-1 pm. Click for details

Frank Desquin (Support) – Click here for Frank’s latest column. Did you know that since 1830, Florida has experienced more than 200 tropical storms with over 100 classified as hurricanes? 

Peace River Botanical and Sculptural Gardens (Support) – Enjoy the Gardens Tuesdays-Sundays from 9-2, now through September 30. Members get in free every day.

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic (Support) – Country for a Cause featuring Champ Jaxon, Friday July 8, 6-10 pm Charlotte Harbor Event Center. Click here for ticket information. Click here for sponsorship information.

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The Vaughn Realty Team – Keller Williams Realty Gold – Purse event to Stop Domestic Violence, June 13-17. Drop off gently used purses with toothpaste, creams, toothbrushes, etc. and write a note of Hope. Drop locations are Punta Gorda Chamber, North Port Chamber and Englewood Chamber.

Meals on Wheels of Charlotte County – Presents Tacos, Tequila & Trivia, Tuesday, July 19, 6-9 pm at 24 TwentyOne Event Center, 2421 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte.

Carmelo’s Italian Ristorante – Carmelo’s Ultimate Experence is back: Date Night Dinner for 2 for $80. Click for menu.

FGCU Academy – FGCU Academy is geared up for their Summer 2022 programs! You can view our daily calendar for June and our registration page to see the classes that are available. We will not be mailing a summer program guide; it will be available online only.

Connect Print & Promotions, LLC. – Summertime marketing blues need not apply, we’ll make your brand shine ☀️ Punta Gorda!

commercial printing ✅ 
logo/graphic design ✅
next-level promotional swag ✅ 
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signs & graphics ✅ 
888.978.3437 📞 📧 🖥
… it’s ALWAYS about the people 🙇‍♀️ 
#fortheloveofprinting 💚🖨💚

Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes and Cremation Services – WINE Down Wednesday! SIP, STROLL and SAVOR, you will do flips over the artwork of Kelly Reark on June 22 from 5-7 pm at Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes and Cremation Services 635 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. We will be hosting a complimentary Wine and Cheese reception to showcase Kelly’s passion for tarpon and local fisherman. Using vibrant expressions of light, texture and motion in combination with a scrimshaw-inspired painting technique, she create artworks that are both nostalgic and energetic. For more information please visit or like us on Facebook. AIPP Locations are sponsored by A/H Council and Coordinated By the Program Director.

Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea – Happy National Iced Tea Day!! Our shop focuses on Grade A Loose-Leaf Tea’s. Brewed fresh every day, no sugars or additives in ANY of our iced or hot teas. With a huge variety of Tisane and Caffeinated Teas, our team is able to spot you in the right direction. 

Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine – Have you made your reservation for our Downtown Experience Wine Tasting and Seating. This is a once-a-month event, the third Thursday, with a variety of exciting events. Keep an eye out on our social media to see what we have planned for these next coming months. Reservations are available, give us a call at 941.505.0479.

Sunrise Kiwanis – The Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Project begins June 19 and continues for 5 weeks. This project provides a new properly fitted pair of tennis shoes to any youth in the Charlotte County Public School System who may need them. We service the Charlotte County Public School System (CCPS) for the academic year. This includes all elementary, middle, high schools, and centers. Sizes range from a toddler five to a men’s 14 and women’s 12. Call 941.769.0864. The Punta Gorda Chamber office will be a shoe drop-off location.

Archway Institute – Laughter is the Best Medicine. ARCHway will host the first sober recovery comedy night in Fort Myers on August 12. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information.

Loveland Center – On June 25, we invite you to groove on through the decades as we gather to celebrate 60 years of service to our community in support of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Click here to reserve your tickets.

The Grill At 1951 – Summer Two For Two has begun on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Two for $49.95. Click here for the menu.

Burnt Store Presbyterian Church – BSPC is pleased to invite our community to meet Corrie ten Boom on June 14 from 9:30-10:30 am. You will learn about Corrie (as portrayed by Karla Chandler), her efforts that saved over 800 Jews during World War II, her imprisonment in a concentration camp and her world-wide evangelistic campaign following the war. This story was originally told in 1971 through Corrie’s book The Hiding Place. There is no charge, but a love offering will be taken for Karla’s mission work. The church is at 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. For information, call 941.639.0001.

Sea Grape Gallery – Is pleased to announce Kaitlyn Carey as our 2022 scholarship winner, a 2022 graduate of Port Charlotte High School. The Gallery is proud to display several of Kaitlyn’s art through June. The gallery is located at 113 W. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda and can be reached at 941.575.1718. 

Charlotte Behavioral Health Care – 988 Coming Soon: Starting July 16, anyone facing a mental health crisis can call 988 and get connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Valerie’s House – Save the Date for our Celebrating Charlotte Fundraising Event! Join us on Saturday, July 30 (1-5 pm) at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. All proceeds will benefit Valerie’s House-Charlotte County. Contact Christine Carey for vendor and sponsorship opportunities 239.841.0382 or 

Fishermen’s Village – Annual Independence Holiday Celebration July 3 and 4. Live music, specialty vendors, family-friendly activities, shopping and dining will be featured beginning at noon both days. Fireworks display on Monday, July 4 at 9 pm.
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Peace River Shopper Latest Edition. Arcadia Community Local

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31st Annual Freedom Swim: July 4

This year’s Freedom Swim will be begin at 9 am at Live Oak Park. The crossing to Harpoon Harry’s will take 40 minutes to three hours. There will be no trolley service.

Funding Approved For New Aviation Technician Facility 

The Charlotte County Airport Authority is pleased to announce that $3 million was approved in the Florida State Budget for a new combined hangar and classroom facility for Charlotte Technical College’s FAA-certified Aviation Maintenance Technician School. A larger training facility at Punta Gorda Airport is necessary to meet the aviation industry’s demand for aircraft mechanics, and state funding is essential to keep CTC’s costs low enough for tuition to remain affordable for students.

Catalytic Converter, Unlocked Vehicle Thefts On Rise

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department reminds residents to always remove your valuables, key/key fobs and guns and lock your doors. Some of the most targeted vehicles include RVs, F-Series trucks, Toyota Prius, 4runner and Tacoma, Kia Sportage, Mitsubishi Outlander and large box trucks to include moving type trucks. Check with your mechanic and ask if they will etch your VIN# onto your catalytic converter.

Seeking Contractors to work with SHIP Housing Rehabilitation Program

The Charlotte County Housing Division is seeking licensed and insured contractors to work with the SHIP Housing Rehabilitation Program. The program provides qualified homeowners with funds to repair/improve their owner-occupied home. Contractors please contact Rich Gromalski, 941.916-.1277,

Public Safety Appreciation Night  

This event brings together more than 600 members of our community to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts of public safety personnel in Charlotte County. This year, Public Safety Appreciation Night will be held on Saturday, June 25 at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, beginning at 6 pm.

Free Hurricane Preparedness Webinar

Join us for a free Hurricane Preparedness Webinar on Wednesday, June 15, Noon-1 pm from Charlotte County Economic Development. Click here

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Looking for a new position or changing careers? Starting/finishing a degree or obtaining certifications? The 2022 Southwest Florida Regional Career Fair is for YOU, Tuesday, April 5 from 9 am-3 pm at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena at SouthWestern Florida State College in Fort Myers. In partnership with CareerSource of Southwest Florida, there will 100+ employers and educational/career specialists. Admission is free. Register at

Job Fair – Monday, April 11

The Charlotte County Human Resources Department in partnership with CareerSource Southwest Florida has scheduled a job fair from 3-7 pm, Monday, April 11 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St. in Punta Gorda. This is a multi-agency event with employers from Charlotte County Public Works, Utilities, Building Construction Services, Recreation and Pools, Information Technology, Public Safety, Fire & EMS as well as the Tax Collector, schools and more. Potential on-site interviews and resume assistance will be available.

For information contact Charlotte County Human Resources For all jobs available at Charlotte County, visit
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ARCHway Institute – Newsletter

Animal Welfare League –June Pawsitive Press

C.A.R.E. – Newsletter

Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity – Newsletter

Copperfish BooksJune Newsletter

Florida Weekly May Newsletter

Loveland Center – Newsletter

Military Heritage Museum – May Newsletter

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens – Gardens at a Glance News

Pedelec SQB Electric Bikes – Newsletter

Punta Gorda Mural SocietyNewsletter


Senior Friendship Center – Newsletter

The Yoga Sanctuary – June Newsletter


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