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Friday, June 9th, 2023

Chamber President John Wright’s newspaper column from June 13th.

Charlotte County Arts Showcase

Thursday, June 22nd at 7pm


An evening exploring the beauty and richness of the arts in Charlotte County. Enjoy an opportunity to see a potter’s wheel in action; young people singing and performing; a taste of opera and the glorious sound of an orchestra. An extraordinary occasion to see all of this in one evening.

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:

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)

T.T.’s Tiki Bar is exactly what you need. Come and enjoy a great meal while having a drink in your hand and toes in the sand. We have two great bands this weekend! On Friday, we have Tropical Avenue starting at 6:00 pm. On Saturday, fan favorite 22N is back! Please get here early to get a seat, because they bring a big crowd. Please click here to see when all of your favorite bands are performing in June. The Tiki Bar is offering 6 summer lunch specials Monday through Friday for only $12.95. Enjoy them while they last! The Tiki Bar is planning their annual July 4 celebration! We will have a traditional BBQ buffet for only $19.95++. We will also feature live music all day and are hosting a cornhole tournament. Mark your calendars for this can’t miss event! The Harborside Garden, is now open for private events as well. 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. The following are our specials:

  1. Join us for Happy Hour in the Dockside Grill from 4-7:00 pm every day of the week. We offer $3 draft beer, $4 house wine, and $5 premium cocktails
  2. Join us for Happy Hour at T.T.’s Tiki Bar from open to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday. We offer $4 drafts, $4 well cocktails, and $5 house wines. 
  3. The Dockside Grill serves Prime Rib every Saturday
  4. The Dockside Grill features a different nightly special.

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold)

Open 8 am to 1 pm Saturdays..

TIME Realty Services, Inc. (Gold)

The May numbers are available: Charlotte County: 577 sales down 19%, median price $359K down .25%, 47% cash, 39% conventional loan, 35% under contract in 0-10 days, 4.3 mo inventory. 33950: 69 sales, down 18%, median price $725K up 65%, 62% cash, 29% conventional loan, 33% under contract in 0-10 days, 4.7 mo inventory. 33983: 48 sales down 20%, median price $364K down 3%, 33% cash, 56% conventional loan, 31% under contract in 0-10 days, 3.8 mo inventory. Call Della Booth for all of your real estate needs, and put her 25 years of experience to work for you. 

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 with the image of an office without the cost of dedicated office space. Contact CAM Realty: 941.833.0083.

Coastal Expressions Wine Bar (Silver)

Located in the Isles at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd. Suite #1135. We offer a fun experience including delicious food, wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks, retail wine by the bottle or a unique boutique gift … plus family activities. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am – 9 pm. We serve breakfast flatbreads and mimosas, flatbread lunch specials with a complimentary glass of wine, beer or drink of your choice, a full dinner menu including dessert, our “anytime” date night dinner special for two with a bottle of red or white, our signature “Charcuterie Boards” and so more … Visit www.coastalexpressions.com to view menu and events calendar. 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)

Sunset Beach Club events.  Call for VENDORS!!! Display your products/services at Fishermen’s Village during one (or several!!) of our upcoming special events: Independence Day Celebration (July 4), TikiFest (August 5), Key Lime Fest (September 23). For information / registration form, contact:Kathy Burnam,kburnam@fishermensvillage.com

Fishermen’s Village announces our inaugural Blues Fest, Saturday, June 17, noon-10 pm at our scenic Dry Beach/Tiki Bar! Performances to be presented by the Joey Gilmore Band, Dottie Kelly Band and Rockin’ Jake! Enjoy a mini weekend getaway to enjoy Blues Fest by booking your stay at The Suites at Fishermen’s Village! Visit www.fishermensvillage.com for full details!

Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea (Silver)

Have you seen our last post on Facebook? We have our NEW Summer Flights available! These crafted flights are made with our fresh coffee, espresso, and tea making it the perfect combination to try something new! 

Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine (Silver)

Father’s Day is a short couple days away! Let us create a custom gift, beer, wine, chocolate basket for all those amazing dads out there! Don’t forget to sign up for our Complimentary Wine and Beer Tasting every Saturday starting at 9:30! 

CeJay Associates (Silver In Kind)

New service: Website Rescue. Did you lose your website? Has your website been hacked? When it comes to rescuing a website, time is important. Contact us to discover your recovery options. Learn more by calling 941.204.0007 or go to https://cejaywebsites.com/services/

Military Heritage Museum (Silver in Kind)

2023-2024 Gulf Theater Season 5!

Summer camps for 4th-8th graders begin June 26. Space is limited; registration is required. Click here for information.

Patriots Gala November 11 – Sponsorship Opportunities

Charlotte Players (Bronze)

June 22 Charlotte County Arts Showcase. An evening exploring the beauty and richness of the arts in Charlotte County. Enjoy the opportunity to see a potter’s wheel in action; young people singing and performing: a taste of opera and the glorious sound of an orchestra, and a taste of opera and the glorious sound of an orchestra. An extraordinary occasion to see all of this in one evening! Located in the Gulf Theatre at The Military Heritage, 900 Marion Ave in Punta Gorda. The show begins at 7pm. For tickets go to https://ci.ovationtix.com/35397/pr/1158948/pe/11273805or call 941-205-8545.

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze)

Join GO with for an Evening with the Arts on June 22nd at the Gulf Theater. Save these dates for 2023-24 season!

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)

Charlotte County Foodies, it’s your night! C.A.R.E. Auxiliary presents their annual Cooking with C.A.R.E. event on June 21. Join Chef Keith Meyer at FM Don’s and watch as he prepares a delicious meal for all of our guests to enjoy. Contact C.A.R.E. office for details and ticket purchase. 941-639-5499.

Frank Desguin Family (Support)

Did you know that since 1830, Florida has experienced more than 200 tropical storms with over 100 classified as hurricanes? However, until 1953, when the United States began using female names, they were generally unnamed.  

Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary (Support)

Sign up now for the Golf Scramble on Saturday, June 24 at St Andrews South Golf Club. Golfers of all abilities welcome! Registration fee is $85 ($50 tax deductible) and includes golf, cart, continental breakfast, lunch and prizes. Sign up with a foursome, or we can pair you up. You can support your local non-profit (501c3) by golfing, sponsoring a hole or donating raffle and silent auction items. It would be much appreciated! Download the registration form at www.standrewssouth.com or call Sue at 941.639.5261 ext 3 for information

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens (Support)

Summer Hours starting June 1, 9am – 2pm with last entry at 1:15pm. 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. 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. 

Valerie's House - Charlotte County (Support)

SAVE THE DATE!! Valerie’s House will be participating in “Pizza for a Cause” Tuesday, July 11th (11am-10pm) at Bocca Lupo. Proceeds from all 3 locations will be going to Valerie’s House Charlotte County (dine-in or take-out). Locations: Port Charlotte: 1900 Tamiami Trail, 33948 North Port: 4301 Aidan Lane, 34297 West Villages (Venice): 12105 Mercado Drive, 34293) Valerie’s House is a nonprofit organization that helps children and families who have lost a loved one. To learn more about our program, please visit Valerie’s House (valerieshouse.org).

Virginia B Andes Volunteer Community Clinic (Support)

Save the date: Country for a Cause, Saturday, September 30, 6 pm Charlotte Harbor Event Center. Featuring the Boogie Men.

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

Member Information

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.

Charlotte County Homeless Coalition – Thursday, July 20 6:00pm Dart Tournament at the Icehouse Pub. Induvial registration $25 or 4 player teams for $80. Sponsorships available. Click here for more information.

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.

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. 

Nino’s Bakery & Cafe – PIZZA! PIZZA! PIZZA! Now for Lunch every day, Tues-Sun, at Nino’s Bakery & Café. 16” or 20” pies – or get only a slice, cut from a 20” pie, for only $5 (cheese) or $5.25 (pepperoni, veggie). Ready about 11 AM through 2:45 PM. Coffee, cappuccino (hot or iced), fresh iced tea, bottled sodas, beer, wine, cocktails. Call to order or stop in: 941-833-8912.3078 Cooper St Ext, east of Tamiami Trail, in Punta Gorda. More info: ninosbakery.us

Punta Gorda Family Physical Therapy – We are now accepting Florida Blue Insurance. Medicare is coming very soon! Give us a call at 941.548.6131 or click here.

Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau – the inaugural Gulf Coast Cornhole Classic June 22-24 at various location in Charlotte County. This three-day social festival and pro-invitational is built around the competitive game of cornhole and live music. Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach will be the host site for three years so our community can look forward to this event for years to come. Cornhole players of all ages and skill level are welcome to participate with a $20,000 guaranteed prize purse. Sign up to play at: https://americancornhole.ticketsauce.com/e/aco-gulf-coast-classic/tickets

Edison and Ford Winter Estates – Edison and Ford Winter Estates is partnering with floral designer, Anita Singh, to offer a Kid’s Floral Design Workshop. The class will be offered July 8 at 10 a.m. The workshop is for children ages six and up. Children will be instructed on basic flower care and design ideas.

Connect Print & Promotions, LLC – there is no such thing as Summertime marketing blues when you hashtag connect, Punta Gorda!

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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!

Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home – Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home is now a certified Veterans Funeral Specialist (VFS) provider.

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

Peace River ShopperLatest Edition.



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.

Disaster Services Corporation

Disaster Case Manager

Reports to: Disaster Case Management Supervisor, Program Manager Status: Full-time Exempt Grant Funded Will work in the following counties: Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and Sarasota

BACKGROUND: Disaster Case Management is a time-limited process by which a skilled associate (Disaster Case Manager) partners with a disaster-affected individual or family (Survivor) in order to plan for and achieve realistic goals for recovery following a disaster. This comprehensive and holistic Disaster Case Management approach to recovery extends beyond providing relief, providing a service, or meeting urgent needs. ROLE OF THE CASE MANAGER:

The Disaster Case Manager serves as a primary point of contact, assisting the Survivor in coordinating necessary services and resources to address the Survivor’s complex disaster recovery needs in order to re-establish normalcy. The Disaster Case Manager relies on the Survivor to play an active or lead role in his or her own recovery. The Disaster Case Manager reports to a DCM Supervisor.  This position is full time with full benefit package.  

Please contact Joanna Pohopin at 239 908-7492, for more details. Apply at: Employment Opportunities | Disaster Services Corporation – Society of St. Vincent de Paul USA (svdpdisaster.org)

United Way of Charlotte County

Resource Development Director
We work with a great team, and serve an incredible community. All we need is someone to help us obtain the resources to continue making an impact! Click here for more information:

Coastal Expressions Wine Bar

Kitchen Help
Are you looking for a part-time position with a limited menu for easy prepping and execution? Flexible shifts? Excellent opportunity to learn culinary skills. Week days and/or evenings plus Saturdays. Occasional special events. 12-20 hours/week. $12/hour plus tips. Please send resume to loris@coastal-expressions.com or call 941.214.8599.

Community News


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.


This year’s Freedom Swim will start at 2:30pm on Tuesday, July 2, 2023, Discussion with swimmers before the start with occur at 2:20pm. There will be no Troll Service. As always, this is intended to be a happening rather than a race. For the route and more information, click HERE.


Animal Welfare League – May Pawsitive Press

Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County – Newsletter

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

Charlotte Community Foundation – June Newsletter

Charlotte County Habitat For Humanity – May/June Newsletter

Charlotte County Sherriff’s Office – May Crime Prevention Newsletter

Copperfish Books – May Newsletter

Downtown Farmers Market – June Newsletter

EnVision Quest – May Newsletter

Loveland Center – Summer is Here!

Military Heritage Museum – Gulf Theater June Newsletter

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

Punta Gorda Mural Society – May Newsletter

SandStar Remodeling – Newsletter

Suncoast Humane Society – Humane Connection Newsletter

TIME Realty Services Inc. – Newsletter

YMCA Of Southwest Florida – President’s Newsletter

The Yoga Sanctuary – June Newsletter

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