Friday Facts for June 19, 2020

Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends,

Here are your Friday Facts.

Have you noticed that you are missing any mail? During the height of the COVID crisis, mail to the Chamber was being redirected and we are now learning that several checks, invoices and statements that were generated from bulk mailing systems were never delivered as “forwarding” was not permitted. Instead, that mail was “returned to sender” and has been taking a while to show back up at its source. Who knew! Lesson learned – if you think something is missing, check with your mail service. They can certainly help!

PG Chamber radio show: Now Booking for July and August
We are very pleased to announce that our monthly radio show on Seaview 104.9FM will be returning to its usual monthly spot on the Bob Alexander Radio Show on the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month (except July when the show will air July 8th and 9th to avoid the 4th July holiday).

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 progamming 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 July show, or any subsequent shows, simply email John Wright. The rest we’ll take care of for you. Only ten 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. July is still available – last call 6-24-2020

Notice from City of Punta GordaDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Punta Gorda has strived to assist the local businesses by permitting business event banners for 30 days at a time with or without a business event permit. It is the City’s intent to continue this extension thru July 31, 2020.  Temporary signage permitted prior to July 31, 2020 will not count toward the allowance of 12 business events which are permitted each year. Please be advised that all temporary signage is required to be removed by August 1, 2020 and any businesses which desire temporary signage after this date must contact the City’s Code Compliance division to request a new business event permit. Also beginning August 1, 2020, all business event permit requests will be counted toward the total of 12 business events which are permitted annually. Code Compliance permits can be requested online at , email at or telephone at (941)575-3352.

U.S. Treasury Department Office of Public Affairs has provided us with a Revised PPP Applications Announcement. Click Here for details.

If you have anything that you would like to put into the Friday Facts please send it to  by noon each Thursday.

Your Chamber Staff,
John, Hazel and Janet

Chamber Calendar of Events
Members ONLY

TAKE-OFF to Networking – at the Isles Yacht Club on June 30, 2020 5.30pm to 7pm. RSVP required. First Class has sold out, but we still have Economy Seats at $30 (includes first beverage and in-flight snack, plus a whole lot of fun). To make your reservation, please call 941 639 3720 between 10am-2pm.

Mark you Calendars! Here are the planned Networking Events for July, 2020

We still have an opening for any business that is interested in hosting our July 21st After Hours. Call us if interested – 941 639 3720

RSVP’s are very important (limited numbers allowed and social distancing a must) so please call (941) 639 3720 or email

July 8: Business Over Breakfast 7:15am-8:30am
Wake up and smell the coffee with your Chamber at The Wyvern, 101 E Retta Esplande, Punta Gorda for Business Over Breakfast! Please be sure to RSVP to or call 941-639-3720

July 29: Networking Luncheon 12 Noon-1:30pm
Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Laishley Crab House, 150 Laishley Court, Punta Gorda  Reservations Required. Please be sure to RSVP to or call 941-639-3720. Cost is $15.00 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex.

Aug 18: Business After Hours 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Come and join your Chamber for our Business After Hours and Ribbon Cutting at Granny Nannies, 2616 Tamiami Trail, Unit 1, Port Charlotte.  Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business! Please be sure to RSVP or call 941-639-3720

Partners in Action News

Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum)
Enjoy plenty of fresh air and social distancing at T.T.’s Tiki Bar located on the water at the Four Points by Sheraton! We have a fabulous new menu that includes plenty of favorites from the past. Relax and listen to our live music. Our staff has taken extra steps to ensure that we meet the CDC guidelines for sanitizing and cleaning including everyone wearing masks. Our Dockside Grill is open inside the hotel at 25% capacity and drinks if you need a break from the sun. We are excited to serve our wonderful community again and look forward to seeing you! 941 637 6770. Staycation Information.

Bayfront Health (Platinum) – New Walk-In and Primary Care Office.

TIME Realty Services (Gold) – Vacation properties are available in both Punta Gorda Isles and Deep Creek. Call Tanise Gissendaner 941-628-1224 to discuss the properties. TIME Realty Services, Punta Gorda, Florida.

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) – The Saturday Punta Gorda farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 to 12. We sincerely appreciate your support. As our guests we request the you practice the following: Social distancing 6 feet please. No touching the food. Thank you for wearing a mask.

Centennial Bank (Silver) – June Centennial Circular

Creative Window Treatments (Silver)We are Open for Business.

Paradise Golf (Silver)Casual Memberships 2021 for $99, then Golf Free this Summer!

Key West Express (Bronze) – Key West is Open and Key West Express is Sailing! You Might Not See It. But we’re really SMILING!

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – We are Open for Business! Our Box office hours are Monday thru Friday 10am to 4pm. You can call us for ticket information at (941) 255-1022 or go to our website at

Granny Nannies of Port Charlotte (Bronze) – We are open, and moved to our new location. We are an essential business. We are busier than ever given the best care to our clients, as well as taking care of our caregivers.  Professional in-home senior care services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Granny NANNIES  is dedicated to ensuring you receive the home health care you or your loved one require and deserve. Our new address is 2616 Tamiami Trail Unit 1 Port Charlotte, Florida 33952. Phone: 941-743-7606

Port Charlotte Florist (Bronze) – Make Dad’s Day & Save 10%.

Perfectly Polished Nail Boutique (Support) – We are performing all services (Manicures, Pedicures, Waxing, and Acrylic Nails). Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am to 7pm, Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. Location: 121 E. Marion Avenue, Unit 111, Punta Gorda, FL Call 941-889-8388 for appointment or book online on our website at

Hessler Floor Covering (Support)Our COVID-19 Journey

Visual Arts Center (Support) – The Member’s Showcase Exhibit. Current Events!

Ribbon Cuttings

No Ribbon Cuttings planned at this time.

Member Information

The latest WE ARE OPEN spreadsheet – provided to all those who inquiry at the Chamber.

Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine – Got a “Cheesy” Dad? We’ve got him covered for Father’s Day. Make him a basket with The Rattlesnake by Deer Creek. The Rattlesnake is a true flavor experience — spicy, sweet, tropical, and HOT. This smooth, creamy medium aged Cheddar is infused with premium gold tequila and Habanero peppers. The warmth and sweetness of the tequila open your palate to the smooth and creamy mellowness of a perfectly aged Cheddar until the Habanero heat bursts forth for an unforgettable finish. We are at the Farmers Market! Our regular spot. Come visit LJ and get your cheese for Father’s Day!

Punta Gorda Coffee & Tea – Father’s Day

USA Dance #6126 – 2 new events coming up on June 21 and June 24 – have fun!

The Orange House Wine Bar – OPEN for Take Out!!!

Punta Gorda Sailing – Free 1-Hour Sailing Experiences June 20.

Pomegrante and FigWe are Moving! From June 24, 2020 our new address will be 208 Tamiami Trail, #111, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 – come and see our new location.

TEAM Punta Gorda – Bike Loaner Program is OPEN

Holiday4Heros – We have beautiful spring and summer bags from our Spring Designer Purse Bingo Event that has been postponed. Now, you have a chance to win one of six bags in our Designer Purse Raffle! Just go to our website choose the bag (or bags) you’d like to win and buy a $20 ticket or many tickets to increase your chance of winning. Details are on the website. You do not have to be local to win and we will ship. Live drawing on Face Book will be held on Wednesday June 24, 2020. If you are one of the six lucky winners, we will notify you by either phone or email.  

Fishermen’s Village – June Calendar of Events. July Calendar of Events.

Copperfish Books – Shop Safely with us – appointments and walk-ins welcome! Anti-racism message and reading lists.

Gulfshore Opera – Take a Break with GO!

Punta Gorda Symphony – Our First-Ever Virtual Music Camp!

Edison & Ford Winter Estates – Receives GuideStar Seal of Transparency.

Promotional Marketing Online – Tent with Hand Sanitizer Kit.

The Renaissance Academy Punta Gorda – Knowledge, Father’s Day and Gift Idea

HipNotique – is OPEN for business with Normal working hours: Mon-Wed 10-5.30, Thurs-Fri 10-6, Sat 9-4.30. We are following all recommended guidelines with touchless payment enabled if desired.

The Printed Page – We are open and actively looking for new clients. We do business promotions including logo-design, brochures, newsletters, display ads, signs etc. We have also designed over 60 books. Kathleen Gamble 941-258-5052.

Village Place Health & Rehabilitation Center – 2370 Harbor Blvd in Port Charlotte, has 0 COVID cases. If your loved one or someone you know needs short term or long term care, Village Place has availability. You can reach out to Admissions Dept. at 941-624-5966.

The Cocoa Exchange – 50% Off Your Favorite PURE DARK Products!

One Source Accounting & TaxPPP Update

Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.

Spiritwalk LLC dba Rotundo Studios – Illustration and Design, we are open for business and will meet clients at their place or for coffee!

John Bothwell PA, Realtor, eXp Realty – Are you staying safe online?

Twin Isles – Summer Pool Program

Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill – If you have re-opened your business but now face the prospect of pressure from your creditors, call Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill, to help you deal with them while you rebuild your business income. Having gone through four economic downturns as an attorney and small business owner, Mark can assist you in your restructuring and advise you how to avoid the fatal mistakes made by past clients in similar circumstances. For a complimentary, confidential consultation, please call 941-206-3700 or e-mail Mark at

Right At Home – In Home Care and Assistance. We are Here for You.

AAA – Attention First Responders! Please Share with those working on the FRONT LINES!

C.A.R.E. – Is Open and Ready to Help Victims of Violence.

Drug Free Punta Gorda – This can help our community…

Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau – their latest update


ARCHway InstituteNational newsletter.

Charlotte Arts – Newsletter.

Charlotte Community FoundationGifts & Gab

Charlotte County Sheriff’s OfficeJune Newsletter

Drug Free Charlotte County – Heading into Summer

Florida Gulf Coast University – Pledges to help RESTART SWFL

FGCU Renaissance Academy Ft Myers Bring Knowledge to Your Next BBQ!

Gregg’s Automotie Maintenance & Repair Center – June Newsletter

Hope 4 Communities – Newsletter

Punta Gorda Mural Society – June Newsletter

Punta Gorda Symphony – Good News

Sandstar Remodeling & Interior Design – Newsletter.

SCORENew Resources. PPP Information. Real-Time Mentoring.

Suncoast Country Opry Show – News.

United Way of Charlotte County Newsletter

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic – June Newsletter

Yoga Sanctuary Mid-June Newsletter


Six Farr Law Firm Attorneys Named in 2020 Florida Super Lawyers® 

Florida Super Lawyers® magazine has named six of Farr Law Firm’s attorneys as either a Super Lawyer or Rising Star.

Punta Gorda – June 12, 2020 – Six attorneys at Farr Law Firm have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Florida Super Lawyers magazine, which recognizes the leading attorneys in the state. Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The following attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 lists:

Florida Super Lawyers Guy S. Emerich, Estate Planning & Probate. Jack O. Hackett II, Real Estate. David A. Holmes, Business Litigation.

Florida Rising Stars Forrest J. Bass, Estate Planning & Probate. George T. Williamson, Class Action/Mass Torts. Brett H. Sifrit, Estate Planning & Probate.

Each year, Florida Super Lawyers lists no more than 5 percent of lawyers in the state as Super Lawyers and no more than 2.5 percent as Rising Stars. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. For more information, please visit


John Wright, President
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

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