Friday Facts for March 26, 2021

Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends,

Here are your Friday Facts.

[box] From John Wright, President, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. Here is a copy of John’s Column printed in the newspaper on March 23.[/box]

For Our Community.

Mindi Abair in Punta Gorda April 6, 7, 8 2021

If you wish to attend any or all of the three proposed events next month, kindly call us as soon as possible on 941 639 3720 during normal hours Mon-Fri 9am-4pm – space is limited.

April 6, 2021 4pm-7pm – Mindi’s husband Eric will kick off with a 150 capacity wine tasting at the Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens (outside), located at 5827 Riverside Drive, Punta Gorda. This will be followed by an hour set including some of Mindi’s latest releases accompanied by Ron Reinhart on keyboards. You will be seated outdoors at a four top table, and will be able to enjoy a charcuterie plate as part of your ticket price. As the gardens are open till 3pm that day, we ask attendees to arrive not earlier than 3.30pm and if you would like a docent to guide you through the gardens for a short 30 minute tour, these tours will start at 3.45pm. Come dressed casually to enjoy at elegant early evening with Mindi and Eric (both). Tickets are $75 per person, which includes your wine tasting samples, charcuterie platter, water and the entertainment. Wine by the glass will be available after the tasting for donation (not Eric’s wines though!). LIMITED AVAILABILITY CALL TODAY.

April 7, 2021 7pm – end. Dine at Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano, outside in their elegant courtyard, located at 321 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Three course dinner, including sodas, water and coffee will be $100 per person (cash bar for alcoholic drinks). Mindi and Ron will entertain you with music and stories about the making of her latest album. Eric will be on hand to splash wines and introduce you to their wine club. Food options will be offer at time of purchase. Capacity 100. FULL

April 8, 2021 7pm – end. Same as Wednesday’s event but hosted at The Grill at 1951, 1951 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. Different food. Different location. $100 per person. Your choice. Why not do both!! Capacity 100. LIMITED AVAILABILITY CALL TODAY.

Hope to see you in April! These tickets are NOT available on line, you must call (941) 639 3720 during our working hours Mon-Fri 9am-4pm.

For Our Members.

PG Chamber radio show: Exclusively for PG Chamber members: NOW BOOKING FOR MAY 2021. 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. 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 progaming 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 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.

New Member or Need A Refresher Course? We’ve Got You Covered! Did you know that as a new member of the Chamber you have many perks at your fingertips? Let us help you navigate through some of the perks while you meet other new members at the same time! Sign up for one of our new member classes where we’ll walk you through things such as: Sharing information about your business and the services you provide on the chamber website. Posting business events. Posting hot deals. Looking for employees? Post opportunities! We’ll also share ways to market your business such as opportunities within the chamber walls, newsletters, and networking events. We’re offering two classes in April: Thursday, April 15 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm, or Wednesday, April 21 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Both will be held at The Punta Gorda Chamber office located at 252 W. Marion Ave. Reserve your seat by calling the office at 941-639-3720 Monday thru Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Seating is limited so we can adhere to COVID safety guidelines. Hope to see you soon!

Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club hosts a Tri-Chamber Meet and Greet, Business Membership Opportunity on March 30, 5-7pm. Click Here for details. Please RSVP directly with the Yacht Club.

For Our Community and Members

City of Punta Gorda. We need your help. There is a need for volunteers to serve on several City Boards. Please click here for details.

City of Punta Gorda. Promote Punta Gorda “Small Business Spotlight” – The City of Punta Gorda has launched a new program entitled Promote Punta Gorda. This is a small business spotlight to focus on the businesses that are at the heart of Florida’s Harborside Hometown. Small business is a critical economic driver for the city. Not only do small businesses create jobs, they also foster community pride and create a unique sense of place. It is only with the partnership with business that the city can fulfill our mission to preserve and enhance Punta Gorda’s identity as a vibrant waterfront community, unique in character and history; and as a desirable place to live, work, and visit. Promote Punta Gorda shines the light on the many business owners and their offerings in the community. Small business owners within the City limits of Punta Gorda are eligible to have their business featured on the City’s social media channels and in the Weekly Highlights Report. To sign up to be in the spotlight visit or call (941) 575-3394 for more information.

For Our Community

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability in Charlotte County. For Register by phone at the Florida Dept. of Health in Charlotte County call (866) 200-9160. Or, call COVID 19 Call Center +1 (866) 776-6121, email, or text CharCoCares to 888-777. Charlotte Co people if you still need to be scheduled for Covid vaccination call 941-347-9919. You will speak directly to a live human who will set up an appointment for you.

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility. Governor Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that Florida residents age 40 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, March 29, and all Florida residents age 18 and older will be eligible for the vaccine beginning April 5. The Governor encouraged all Floridians to pre-register at It stated that, once pre-registered, individuals will be contacted when the vaccine is available in their area. Floridians can also call the vaccine preregistration phone number for their county, listed here.

For Our Community. Charlotte County Centennial Year begins. ‘A Garden Extravaganza’ – Saturday March 27 (THIS SATURDAY) 9am-3pm at Port Charlotte Beach Park Pavilions, 4500 Harbor Blvd, Free Admission. Centennial Gala, 6-11 p.m., April 23 at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. This gala will include a cocktail hour, dinner, cash bar, dancing and live entertainment. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased at The Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center is located at 75 Taylor St. in Punta Gorda. The Hibiscus Festival is set for April 30-May 2 at Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda.

From Fresh Jersey Tomatoes. LAST WEEK Please bring non-perishable items only. The Chamber is partnering with FJT in a Food Drive for Charlotte County Families – Collection Box in Our Office.

City Wide Garage Sale. Next one is April 3, 2021, 8am to 12noon at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd (Bal Harbor Plaza). Click Here for Registration Form.

The Pirates are back! Pirates in Paradise Fun for all the Family on April 10 1pm to 6.30pm on the Great Lawn at Four Points by Sheraton. Tables FULL, but Rum Tasting Tickets $20 still available from Chamber Office, call (941) 639-3720.

Chamber Calendar of Events Members ONLY

Networking Events for April 2021.

RSVP’s are ESSENTIAL, as are cancellations. We are not able to take bookings through the website for these events at the moment, so please call (941) 639 3720 (during office hours 9am to 4pm) or email

April 14: Business Over Breakfast 7:15 – 8:30 am. Wake up and smell the coffee with your Chamber Sponsored by ClenzOzone at Burg’r Bar, 317 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.

April 20: Business After Hours 5:30 pm – 7 pm.  Come and join your Chamber for our Business after Hours hosted by Granny Nannies, 2616 Tamiami Trail, Unit 1, Port Charlotte, 33952. Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business!

April 28: Networking Luncheon 12 Noon-1:30pm. Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at First United Methodist Church (The Life Center), 507 W. Marion Ave, Punta Gorda. Reservations Required. Please be sure to RSVP to or call 941-639-3720. NOTE: Cancellations not accepted after 3pm on Friday before event. Cost is $20.00 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex.

We are in need of hosts for the June, July, August Business Over Breakfast networking events. If you are able to do one of these please let us know soonest (941) 639-3720 or

Ribbon Cutting in March

March 30: Ribbon Cutting at 5.30pm. DELAYED AWAITING NEW DATE Celebrate the newest property for CommunityWorks Inc at 3360 Peace River Drive, Punta Gorda 33983 (off Harborview Road). PLEASE RSVP to or call 941-639-3720.

All the Following Information is for Our Community. Please Support Our Local Businesses!

New Members

Mission Statement

To promote business in Punta Gorda and all our surroundings areas, for the benefit of our entire community.

Pinkerton Payroll & Insurance

Stacy Lowery

(941) 626-5674

4240 Tamiami Trail

Venice FL 34293

Payroll & Insurance

Sponsored by Sue Randall

Savannah Sheppard – Sellstate Vision Realty

(941) 807-4304

2705 Tamiami Trail, Unit 313

Punta Gorda FL 33950

Real Estate Broker

Sponsored by Tara Zajas

Remember to utilize the certificates in the New Member packet. These are very valuable to your business.

Partners in Action News

Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum) –  THIS SUNDAY Please join us at T.T.’s Tiki Bar on Sunday as we support a family in need. The Hatcher Family lost everything in a house fire and including their 12 year old daughter. We will have a corn hole tournament, silent auction, and donation basket with all the proceeds going to the family. Also, we are taking Easter Dinner reservations now! Please call 941-637-6770 for all the details and to secure your spot!

Bayfront Health Port Charlotte & Punta Gorda (Gold) – Now Open Bayfront Health Port Charlotte’s Hybrid ER and Urgent Care in Cape Coral

TIME Realty Services, Inc (Gold) – February stats for Charlotte County: 560 sales up 17%, $260K median price up 16%, 19 median days on market, 40% of sales happen 0-10 days after listing, 46% of sales were cash. It’s important for buyers and sellers to work with Realtors who know the market well. Contact TIME Realty Services 239-699-4493 and put our 23 years experience to work for you. We are your hometown Realtors!

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) The Saturday Punta Gorda Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8am to 1pm. Latest Newsletter.

Charlotte State Bank & Trust (Silver) – Free ‘Hybrid’ Seminars/Webinars continue in April.

Creative Window Treatments (Silver) –  is your local Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer. We offer all types of custom window treatments for any business or commercial setting with 2 locations to serve you. Call for your FREE In-Home consultation! 941-637-0015 / 941-828-0000

Friendly Floors (Silver) – Friendly Floors Fundraiser Brings in Nearly $30,000 for the Fred Lang Foundation. A message from Charlotte Behavioral Health Care.

WENG (Silver in Kind) – Finally, the restrictions on your business are beginning to ease! WENG Radio will help you get the word out with this special advertising opportunity! :30 second spots available immediately for only $8 a spot. That’s 30% off regular pricing. Talk about special reminders, hours, sales, promotions, and of course, your website, location or phone number. Contact Sue Z at or Evie Alexander at

C.A.R.E. of Charlotte County (Bronze) – Come have some fun with C.A.R.E. Auxillary! Join us March 28 at 4pm at Ice House for a Dart Tournament. We’re excited to announce registration for our Run for Consent 2021 virtual 5K event is now open!

Centennial Bank (Bronze) – Important Information About How Vendor Email Compromises Work.

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – Late Nite Catechism returns with Denise Fennell in Sister’s Easter Catechism. Celebrate the Easter season with Sister as she answers time-worn questions like “Why isn’t Easter the same day every year?” and “Will my bunny go to heaven?” One-Night-Only Show on March 26th at 7:30pm. Located at The Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor Street in Punta Gorda. Tickets are $37 and $42 and may ordered from the Box Office at 941-255-1022 or online at

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze) – Help set the stage for next year…

Port Charlotte Florist (Bronze in Kind) – March Newsletter.

Animal Welfare League (Support) – Pets of the Week. Contact us at 3519 Drance St, Port Charlotte, FL 33980. (941) 625-6720.

Fabulous Finds, Homeless Coalition (Support) – The 1st Annual “Hope for Homeless” Spring Golf Scramble event to benefit The Homeless Coalition will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Deep Creek Golf Club located at 1260 San Cristobal Avenue in Deep Creek. Check-in is at 7:30 am and shotgun is at 8:30am. The cost is $85 and includes: 25 chance auction tickets, 2 drink tickets, a continental breakfast, a delicious lunch and mulligans for your team. Please contact Darcy Woods at (941) 627-4313, Ext. 134 or email to reserve a spot.

Frank Desguin Family (Support) – Copy of Frank’s column in the newspaper. Did you know electricity came to Punta Gorda as the byproduct of ice manufacturing?

Gator Wilderness Camp School (Support) – Trail Run April 24, starting at 8am. 4th Annual 5K/10K/15K Trail Run. Sponsorship Available.

Military Heritage Museum (Support) – Battle of the BEST Golf Tournament at Paradise Golf on June 5. Registration 7.30am, Shotgun Start 8.30am. Application Form for teams and Hole Sponsors.

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens (Support) – What a great week we had! Thank you to the Punta Gorda Symphony, for coming out last Sunday to play and to the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce for a fantastic Business After Hours.  We loved seeing all your faces and hope you will visit again soon. Your support as members and visitors helps us continue to become an indispensable part of our community! And if you haven’t come lately, we welcome you! Come visit YOUR local botanical garden!  We are growing into a bright future!

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic (Support) – #VBASTRONG Challenge. Become a Monthly Donor.

Visual Arts Center (Support) – ‘Underwater Fantasea’ is the newest exhibit on display in the Visual Arts Center’s (VAC) Goff Gallery. Janie Duke, a local glass artist from the Glass Duchess Studio along with Jan Pronko, a clay artist, better known as the fish lady and water media artist Joanne Stramara have come together to create a true ‘Underwater Fantasea’. “You would have thought at the beginning we all sat down and decided together what to create.” said Janie Duke. But we had no idea what the others had made until we came together to hang the show, Joanne Stramara added. “We realized how much we have in common in our choice of color and subject matter”, said Jan Pronko. View this aqueous exhibit on display in Goff Gallery through April 13. The media and members of the public are invited to an Artist’s Reception Saturday, March 27 from 10:00am – 1:00pm with light refreshments and mimosas. Alongside ‘Underwater Fantasea’, Multimedia exhibit ‘New Beginnings’ is on display in the Main Gallery until April 13. Both exhibits will also be available as a virtual tour online at

Member Information

Edison & Ford Winter Estates – TONIGHT Caribbean Chillers Performing on March 26. Virtual Field Trips offered to Edison and Ford Winter Estates.

ARCHway Institute – TODAY & TOMORROW Annual Tennis (March 26) & Golf (March 27) Tournaments.

Englewood Beach Waterfest – TOMORROW Poker Run around Charlotte Harbor March 27.

THIS SUNDAY – COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER, PLEASE HELP. Walt’s Garage. I’m sure you’ve heard of the tragic house fire in Arcadia last week that took the young girls life – that was my service managers parents house/her sister. We’ve been scrambling together and have a very large benefit planned to be held at TT’s this Sunday from 1-5pm. Any/all support/attendance/ donations are more than appreciated.
Event page on facebook here –
News story covering event here –

ARCHway Day – Punta Gorda City Council Proclaims March 27th, 2021 as ARCHway Day. ARCHway representatives Dan & Jan Stuckey recently attended a Punta Gorda City Council meeting to give the Council an update of the work ARCHway has been doing over the last year in the area. Mayor Lynne Matthews then read a proclamation declaring March 27th, 2021 as ARCHway Day in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine – ONE more week till Easter! We are able to craft any size Easter Handmade Gift Basket perfect for the holidays. Come down and create the perfect basket for anyone this Easter. We can also ADD items from our sister store Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea. Join us on April 5, 4-7pm as we celebrate our 5 Year Anniversary! Enjoy live music, great wine (of course!) and fabulous charcuteries. Social distancing will be practiced and masks will be required.

Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea – Don’t forget to add some Grade A Loose-Leaf Tea’s or some Fresh Roasted Whole Coffee Beans to everyone Easter baskets this year. We are able to grind any coffee bean to your desired size, and we have a variety of Tisane/ Herbal, Black Tea’s, Green Tea’s, Oolongs and more! We also have a variety of our Tea’s available by the ounce.

Take Me There Sailing – is now based in Burnt Store Marina offering all- inclusive day sails or overnight charters on a 60-foot sailboat. Sail, kayak, snorkel, fish, lounge on deck, and sail under the stars. Licensed to provide food and alcohol, all meals and drinks are included. Charters are customized to exceed your expectations and create unforgettable memories. Book online or call to discuss your special event. or 941-259-0977.

Animal Medical Clinic of Punta Gorda – Up to 30% off your first AutoShip.

Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.

Sea Grape Gallery – Announces Three Guest Artists for April 2021.

Tender Touch Hair Removal – Electrolysis by Brenda Hughes. Offering permanent hair removal with incredible results. Safer, easier and more comfortable than ever before. The ideal alternative for both men and women. Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face/upper lip, bikini line, underarms and legs. Call Today for your FREE Consultation. (941) 916-5693.

Fishermen’s Village – March Events Calendar. April Events Calendar. Suncoast Living Expo on April 20. Hook Kids on Fishing, April 20.

Friendship Centers – Will you become a GEM today?

Expedia Cruises Air, Land & Sea Vacations – Hosted Theme Cruises 70’s Soul Train Rock and Romance, County Music Stars and more.

1st United Methodist Church – Hosts a Festive Easter Celebration, Sunday April 4, 2021. There will be a Sunrise Service at 6:30 am, 8:00 and 9:15am services at Gilchrist Park and a traditional service at 11:00 on the church campus. Following the family service at 9:15am (featuring a children’s moment to learn all about the resurrection eggs), from 10:00am to noon at Gilchrist Park, guests will be able to pose with the Easter bunny and a giant cross with lilies. In addition, there will be a free petting zoo, craft table and free DIY Easter egg hunt kits will be given to each family to take home. According to Pastor Loomis, “Anytime we can celebrate God’s victory over the grave, we are ready! We look forward to giving our community the opportunity to worship safely, as well as festively.”

Drug Free Punta Gorda –

Drug Free Charlotte County –

Right At Home – Helping Area Seniors When Needed! An award winning and exceptionally busy in-home care assistance agency is looking for caregivers to join our fantastic team. We are looking for anyone with the heart of caring for someone, service clients in Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Englewood and Surrounding Areas. Please apply here today:

SAM’s Club – Membership Offer.

ClenzOzone – Looking for a safe and effective cleaning product to keep you and your customers safe? Chamber members can get our entire 2-step package for a discounted rate of $399, check out for more information on our products. To purchase our products call 888-CLENZO2.

Gregg’s Automotive Maintenance Repair Center – Brakes for Kids – click here for details.

Copperfish – March News and Events – Read to Know! March 2021 Indie List. – The Collagen Elixir.

Suncoast Humane Society – Save twice the lives today with a matched gift up to $15,000!

Pinch A Penny – Add Some Spring to Your Pool

Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill – Have your creditors stopped working with you during COVID-19? Are you worried about a possible foreclosure? Are you confused about your options and the CARES Act? Is debt consolidation, debt negotiation or bankruptcy best for you? To get answers to all your questions, contact Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill at 941-206-3700 or to schedule a confidential, complimentary one hour, no obligation consultation to come up with a plan to eliminate your debt and enjoy a stress free, debt free life.

PGD – Airport Authority Launches PGD AviEx Interactive Map. GIS Parcel Viewer Shows Land Available for Lease.

Valerie’s House – Fort Myers will be having a Spring Open House on Saturday, April 10th (9am-1pm). We are located at 1762 Fowler Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Please contact Christine Carey (239-841-0382 or if you are interested in attending.

Punta Gorda Symphony – Harborside Brass Tickets Available. April 11.

Loveland Center – Come run with us at the beautiful Florida Southwestern State College Charlotte Campus on April 11th, 2021. All proceeds will benefit Loveland Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, that provides support services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Charlotte County. Loveland offers the opportunity for individuals with I/DD to be seen as equals in their community through the acquisition of independent life skills and visibility in their community. They deserve “Equality through Opportunity” to reach personal goals, just like you and me! Sign up by March 23rd, 2021 and receive a FREE race t-shirt! Space is limited, so sign up early and help support the children and adults we serve at Loveland Center Charlotte County!

Calling all volunteers! Loveland Center is looking for volunteers for our April 11th race! Volunteer shifts will be from 5:45 AM until 8:30 AM, 7:30AM until 10AM, and 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM. Please contact Becca at if you are interested in volunteering! Volunteers get a FREE SHIRT.

Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home & Cremation Services – Wine & cheese Reception for Art Exhibit, April 15, 5pm-7pm.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates – Summer Camp Scholarships

Community News

Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership April Events


ARCHway Institute – Regional Newsletter

Animal Welfare League – Pawsitive News

C.A.R.E. – Newsletter

Charlotte Arts – Newsletter

Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity – Newsletter

Charlotte Players – Jan-Feb Newsletter 2021

Copperfish Books – Newsletter

Hope4Communities – Newsletter

PGD Buzz – Newsletter

Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society – March Newsletter

Sandstar Remodeling – February Newsletter

TIME Realty – Newsletter

The Yoga Sanctuary – Newsletter

Community News

Better Together

We’re on a mission to keep families together with programs that help loving parents overcome a temporary crisis without losing their children. Since 2015, we have saved over 3,000 children from entering the foster care system through a network of churches and volunteer families in SWFL.

Tristan Starbird
Director of Development
(207) 680-0527
For more information on this organization and its work visit the website –

Autism Awareness Easter Egg Hunt on April 3 at Sandlot, Punta Gorda.

Calling all SkyDivers 9/11 Memorial, Flyers in the Air.

Job Opportunities

The Isles Yacht Club

Media Coordinator/Office Manager. You will be responsible for creating communication and outreach to our members via our website, newsletters, emails, and social media. Our ideal candidate will have previous office management experience and will be well-versed in both print and digital design. Full Details.

Friendly Floors

If you love helping people and are looking for a career, Friendly Floors is in search of 1 full-time flooring sales associate to join our team. Must have great customer service and communication skills. Also must have an excellent work ethic and a drive to produce sales. Being a team player is a must, and an eye for design is a plus. Prior flooring experience is very helpful. Base pay plus commission, potential for very high earnings. Simple IRA plan available, health insurance and other bonuses and perks. Please email resume to Located in Charlotte County, Florida


John Wright, President
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

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