Friday Facts for November 20, 2020

Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends,

Here are your Friday Facts.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all those members who have renewed and those that have joined our Chamber Partners in Action 2021 program. Below are those who have signed up for 2021 – thank you.

PG Chamber radio show: Exclusively for PG Chamber members: NOW BOOKING FOR JANUARY 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.

For Our Community

We have 2 FREE tickets to Almost Abba to be held at Gulf Theater, Military Heritage Museum on Saturday November 28 at 7pm. If you would like to attend the concert please call the Chamber office (941) 639 3720 ASAP – first come first served.

Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau.On the Horizon.

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association presents Southwest Florida Love Local Auction! From today until Dec 3.

The Fresh Jersey Tomatoesare holding their 5th Annual Holiday Toy Drive to benefit the kids in care at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care. Toy Ideas/Suggestions. Your Chamber is supporting this wonderful cause and has a collection box at our office. The Toy Drives runs from Today through December 6th.

Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership. November Events.

From CCSO. Happy Holidays from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office! We would like to remind residents to be safe while out and about shopping this holiday season. Park in well-lit areas, secure your purchases in a trunk or out of sight, get out of your phone & pay attention to your surroundings and never leave your purse or wallet unattended. If you see something suspicious, say something! Non-Emergency 941-639-0013

Sullivan Street Craft Festival.November 28 & 29, 2020, 10am to 5pm. Come and enjoy over Thanksgiving Weekend, outdoors on Sullivan Street from W. Retta Esplanade to W. Virginia Ave.

Punta Gorda Chamber in conjunction with Isles Luxury Storage and Isles Fitness PresentsDrive-in Movies Nights December 3rd Sound of Music & 17th Polar Express, at Bal Harbor Shopping Plaza. Free Event BUT YOU MUST REGISTER WITH THE CHAMBER (car make, model & tag & # of occupants required) CALL (941) 639 3720.

Citywide Garage Sales are back! 1st Saturday of the month starting December 2020 to May 2021, (8am-noon) returning to our 2018 location on the Bal Harbor Shopping Plaza at the corner of Bal Harbor and Aqui Esta. Reservations can now be made by calling 941 639 3720 (9am-2pm M-F) Cost is still only $15 for two parking spaces (one for your goods, one for your vehicle). Larger spaces can be reserved depending on availability. Spaces will be allocated at check-in (7am onwards) There are no bad spaces! Bathroom facilities will be made available. In this new world, we ask for masks to be worn, sanitizer to be available and social distancing of customers to the best of your ability. Hope to see you there First Event is Saturday December 5th, 2020.

Mural Tours will return in 2021. Click Here for details.

The Laird’s Golf Tournament is back!! Save the Date!! TJoin us at the Paradise Golf Course on January 29, 2021 – yes, you have plenty of time to practice and get ready for this awesome day! Click Here for details.

The Chamber Office will be closed November 26 & 27 for the celebration of Thanksgiving. We will be open again Monday November 30 at 9am.


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

Chamber Members ONLY Calendar of Events

RSVP’s are very important, 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 2pm) or email

Saturday November 21 at 12 noon. RIBBON CUTTING CANCELLED – GRAND OPENING STILL GOING AHEAD. The Refindery Market, 117 Herald Ct #1111, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. Please come and support this new member at their Grand Opening.

November 25: Networking Luncheon 12 Noon-1:30pm.  Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at The Village Fish Market, 1200 W. Retta Esplande, Punta Gorda. Menu: Chicken Sandwich; Greek Salad; Baked Scrod. Reservations Required. Please be sure to RSVP to or call 941-639-3720. Cost is $20.00 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex.

December 9: Business Over Breakfast 7:15 am – 8:30 am. Wake up and smell the coffee with your Chamber at The Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. This breakfast is sponsored by Marianne Lilly, Re/Max Harbor Realty. Musical Entertainment will be provided by Gator Wilderness Camp School Boys.

December 15: Business After Hours 5:30 pm – 7 pm. CANCELLED

December 16: Networking Luncheon 12 Noon-1:30pm. Come and join your Chamber for our special Christmas Networking Lunch at Tiki at Four Points by Sheraton, 33 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Reservations Required. Please be sure to RSVP to or call 941-639-3720. Cost is $20.00 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex.

All the Following Information is for Our Community.

The Holidays are Coming!

Please Shop Local!

November 28

Sullivan Street Craft Fair

Saturday Farmer’s Market

Small Business Saturday

A great day to visit and shop in Punta Gorda, wear a mask, come shop.

New Member

Mission Statement  

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

Englewood Beach Waterfest, Inc

Steve Gardiner

601 S. Indiana Ave

Englewood, FL 34223

(941) 698-1376


Sponsored by John Wright

Green Flowida Inc, DBA ClenzOzone

Missy Ordiway

851 Elizabeth Street, Unit 112

Punta Gorda, FL 33950

(888) 253-6962

Chemical Distribution

Sponsored by Illusions Salon & Spa

NLC Service Line Warranty Program by Homeserve

Steve Bieranowski

(347) 551-0244

Water Warranty Program

Sponsored by Hazel Klossner


Christy Lee

2310 S. Tamiami Trail

Punta Gorda, FL 33950

(954) 658-4060

Wireless Telecom

Sponsored by Hazel Klossner

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

Partners in Action News

Gettel of Charlotte County (Platinum) – The Gettel Foundation has donated $10,000.00 to The Sacred Heart Church 211 W. Charlotte Ave, Punta Gorda which hosts the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Drive Through Distribution Center Every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. The Gettel Automotive Group has six store fronts in Punta Gorda.

Bayfront Health (Platinum) – Make the Most of your Health Insurance.

Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum) –  Please join us at T.T’s Tiki Bar and Dockside Grill located at the Four Points by Sheraton. Please click to see our November line up of all our live music. Take advantage of our Fish Fry on Friday’s and Prime Rib Special on Saturday’s. Lastly, click to see our Thanksgiving menu. Please call the hotel at 941-637-6770 to make your reservation today!

Expedia Cruises (Platinum) download your special gift voucher towards future travel here.

Sun Newspapers (Platinum Media) – The Coolest Place to Work promotion. It’s been a tough year for a lot of businesses so we wanted to end 2020 on a fun note!

Captain’s Table (Gold) – Take Home Thanksgiving Feast!

TIME Realty Services, Inc (Gold) – If you are trying to get away from the overly crowded resorts and looking for a new exotic location, Belize is a gem that remains undiscovered amongst many travelers, with crystal waters, a magnificent coral reef barrier, a friendly local community, live music on the streets, and the “Caribbean feels”, allows tourists to immerse in the diversity of cultures that Belize offers. Plus, English being the official language allows for tourists to comfortably visit and move around without any communication constraints. Ready to explore a second home? It would be my pleasure to assist you with Belize. Della Booth, Broker/Principal TIME Realy Services, Punta Gorda Florida Direct/What’sApp +1 239-699-4493  CLICK HERE for the final video in the Belize series

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

Landsberg Bennett Private Wealth Management (Gold) – Annual Holiday Toy Drive Announcement.

Springhill Suites (Gold) – We are offering all 1st responders a discounted rate of $89 at the Springhill Suites Punta Gorda until 1/31/2021. We would be happy to help all first responders who may need a place to stay or are not comfortable going home at this time. If you would please make sure to pass this along to anyone who may need a clean and safe space to rest that would be wonderful. Book your corporate rate for First Responder Rate

iHeart Media (Gold in Kind) – Broadcasts Charlotte County High School Football. Under the circumstances the football stadiums can only accept 25% capacity for the games this year. As in past years iHeart Media will broadcast home games for both the Charlotte and Port Charlotte High Schools. These will be broadcast live on multiple stations this year, WKII 1070am, WCCF 1580am & FM 100.9 and on the iHeart Ap – with the ability to listen nationwide!. Call Teresa Desguin at 941-815-0324 or email for more details on how your business can not only support our Local Teams, but be part of the most listened to local High School Football game broadcast!

Centennial Bank (Silver) – October Centennial Circular

Charlotte State Bank and Trust (Silver) – Vice President Christine Hause and Portfolio Manager Gregory Thomas are continuing their complimentary estate-planning seminars/webinars with “How to Fund Your Will or Trust” on Tuesday, Nov. 17, “Fee Only vs Fee-Based Investing” on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and “Passing Wealth to the Next Generation” on Thursday Nov. 19. Attendees may participate in person at the bank’s Murdock office (limited attendance) or online through a webinar. The seminars are held from 10-11:30 a.m. You can register at any branch office, online at, via email at, or by calling Brielle at 941-624-1943

Creative Window Treatments (Silver) –  is honored to be your local Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer. From now until December 7th, take advantage of our current Hunter Douglas Promotion Seasons of Style Savings Event.At CWT, we also design all types of custom window treatments such as Draperies, Valances, Cornices, Bedding, Pillows, Upholstery and more. We offer free in-home consultations. Visit one of our two showrooms at 254 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Punta Gorda (941) 637-0015 or 4680 Placida Road, Suite D, Englewood (941) 828-0000. Masks are required.

Friendly Floors (Silver) – Owner Marjorie Benson will match funds up to $10,000 for all donations made to the Fred Lang Foundation by end of the year.

The Purple House Salon by Shawn Gilstad (Silver) – Check out our newly updated website Shawn Gilstad, 941.830.4746 – Cell, 941.205.8603 – Salon

Nix & Associates (Silver) – Presenting Sponsor for the Charlotte County Boys & Girls Clubs 2020 Reason for the Season Cocktail Party on Dec 2. We Do Investment Properties.

Animal Welfare League (Bronze) – Join us for Giving Tuesday.

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – Charlotte Players, Dec 2-6. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is just what we all need after this year! The five performances of the two-hour show include 7:30 pm four evening shows on Wednesday, Dec 2, through Saturday, Dec 5, and a 2 pm matinee on Sunday, Dec 6. Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for students age 14-18 and may be ordered at or by calling 941-255-1022 between 10am and 4pm. The Charlotte Players are also supporting the Imagination Library Documentary – online Dec 9 at 7pm.

Hessler Floor Covering (Support) Name-Brand Inventory Clearance Sale

Illusions Salon & Spa (Support) – At Illusions Salon & Spa, wellness is infused with red-carpet style. From arrivals marked by a glass of champagne to spaces dedicated to your relaxation, we address your mind, body, and skin. We are now offering membership packages. The holidays are coming so treat yourself or someone special to a monthly spa package. (941) 505-5777 or

Perfectly Polished Nail Boutique (Support) – Book by calling 941-889-8388 or online at

Visual Arts Center (Support) – Peace River National Art Festival is Dec 5 & 6 from 9am-4pm at Laishley Park, entry $5/person. “Off the Wall” on display Nov 25 – Dec 19, Art is $200 or less- take it home for the Holidays. Shop the Ornament & Holiday Gift Wall for everyone on your Xmas list. Every $10 donation thru 12/31 receives a free VAC logo ornament! Located @ 210 Maud St, across from Fishermen’s Village. Gallery & Gift Store Hours: Mon & Fri: 9a-4p, Tue-Thu: 9a-7p, Sat: 10a-2p. Events, Classes, Memberships, Call to Artists at

Special Member’s Only Promotion

From our AAA Member. Punta Gorda Chamber Members please Click Here to get the flyer and information for a fundraising promotion through AAA. Any employee at the office can assist you (941) 627-1544, do not go online.

Member Information

This Weekend

Florida International Air Show – Presents “Wings Over Charlotte County” – “A Salute to 1st Responders and Welcome Home Vietnam Vets 2020”. November 21st.

Welcome Home Vietnam Vets 2020 – Schedule of Events Nov 16 to Nov 20, 2020. Additional Seats Friday Night Free Kick-Off Party Celebration November 21, 2020. Jack Michael Band. Mike Riley & Boogiemen. Health Plan for Events.

Gator Wilderness Camp School – Turkey in the Hole on Saturday November 21, 9.30am to 3pm. Fun for all the Family – Free admission, donations gratefully received. Gator Wilderness Camp School, 44930 Farabee Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33982.

Valerie’s House – The Virtual Hero 5k will take place Nov 19-26.

Tidewell Foundation – Virtual Turkey Trot

Homeless Coalition of Charlotte County – The 9th Annual “Driving Out Hunger” Fall Golf Scramble event will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at the Riverwood Golf Club located at 4100 Riverwood Drive in Port Charlotte. This event is a four-person mixed flight. There will be a continental breakfast and southern-style barbeque lunch. The cost is $95. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and shotgun is at 8:30 a.m. Please contact Darcy Woods at (941)627-4313, Ext. 134 or email to reserve a spot. Your support assists the Homeless Coalition in continuing to drive out hunger in our community.

Member Information

Punta Gorda Symphony – Listen to us on Arts Axis Florida! Join us Online TONIGHT for Behind the Notes!

Charlotte Community Foundation – Final Days to Help Share End of Year Cheer.

Holiday 4 Heroes – Designer Purse Raffle.

Florida Guardian ad Litem Program – with the Salvation Army are collecting new toys, clothing and other “wish list” items to help brighten the season for area children in need. All six branches of Charlotte State Bank & Trust are serving as drop-off locations for these two prominent local charitable organizations, so drop by any bank office and pick up a “wish list’ or two. Bank lobbies are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday (except for Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day).The Punta Gorda office, 2331 Tamiami Trail, is collecting for the Salvation Army.

Promotional Marketing Online – Toys for Tots.

Kays Ponger & Uselon Funeral Home – have teamed up with Toys for Tots to bring hope to disadvantaged children. Please drop off new, unwrapped toys to one of our locations by December 15th 2020. 2405 Harbor Blvd. Port Charlotte / 635 E. Marion Ave. Punta Gorda /. For more information please visit our website or follow us on Facebook 

HipNotique – Sip ‘n’ Shop on 3rd Thursday.

Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine – Winter is coming. Christmas is around the corner, We’lll have our Limited Edition Advent Calendars (25-piece assortment of our Signature Haley Handcrafted Chocolates) filled and ready for pick-up beginning Saturday, the 21st of November. In a time crunch? Staying close to home? We have curbside pick-up. Give us a call to create yours-941-505-0479.

The Firm 360 Photography – can help showcase your business. See the 3D Virtual Walking Tour we did for Bacon’s Furniture Galleries. Their details are also listed in the tour. We can do this for your business too. Contact us today for details. 941-347-8198

Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society – is looking for a few new Board members. If you are interested in the work we do for the community, please call me to find out more. Kelly Gaylord 941-979-2786

TEAM Punta Gorda – Will you lend a hand?

Sunny Days Ice Cream – has just BROUGHT THE ICE CREAM TRUCK TO THE MALL! We have opened up a location in the Port Charlotte Town Center. We have all the novelties you can get from our trucks. We carry items like Good Humor Magnum Bars, Good Humor Toasted Almond, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Eclair. Bring the kids! We have Sponge Bob, Spiderman, popsicles, snow cones and SO MUCH MORE! We are located in the food court. We will continue to specialize in our ice cream catering with the trucks. For ice cream catering we can be reached at or call 941-255-1889

Punta Gorda Coffee & Tea – Give the gift of Coffee, Tea, French Presses, Grinders, and more for your team for the holidays! Wow your clients and employees with a custom gift basket with items from either PGCW and PGCT. They are completely customizable! We know you are busy thus time of year, so take the work out of shopping and give us a call today to craft a premium quality basket for you for the holidays…or anytime of the year.

Copperfish Books – Copperfish Books has moved! Our new location is 212 W Virginia Ave. in downtown Punta Gorda (between Taylor and Sullivan Streets). We’re open Mon-Fri 10-5 and Sat 10-4. Masks are required and we sanitize often. Shop Local and Shop Early this holiday season! Give the Gift of Audiobooks!

The Cocoa Exchange – Prep Your Pantry!

Rick’s Estate & Jewelry – Not only is Rick’s the top destination in SW Florida to buy and sell estate jewelry and coins, we are also actively buying and selling designer handbags, crystal, and sterling silver flatware sets. Whether you are looking for an unforgettable Christmas gift or looking to sell a luxury purse, stop by our store and see us today. 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd, #1141.

Chelsea Place Senior Care – Together we can Change the World!

Senior Friendship Centers – Weekly Events & Activities Calendar.

King Fisher Fleet – Christmas Light Canal Cruises Now Available to Book!

Fishermen’s Village – November Calendar. Annual Festival of Lights features more than one million holiday lights and decorations throughout the Village!  Daily viewing through December 31st! Free parking/free admission.  Fishermen’s Village Waterfront Mall, Resort & Marina, home to 40+ independently owned shops/boutiques/waterfront restaurants!   941 639-8721. Located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda!

Loveland Center – Upcoming Events. Don’t forget the Annual Barbecue Fundraiser on Dec 9.

Thryv – We are excited to be having Connect 20 in November. It’s an online event that is targeted to small local businesses across the country. It focuses on how they can build, grow and modernize their business in today’s COVID-19 environment. As a current member, we would welcome any help the chamber could do in helping us get the word out. We’ve included a discount code for chamber members. Click Here for details.

Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill – December 31, 2020 marks the end of many Bank and Credit Card foreclosure and collection moratoriums. Don’t wait until the last minute to think about what you are going to do to deal with your creditors once collections and foreclosure actions start up again. Call Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill to help you deal with your creditors and protect your assets and homestead. For a complimentary, confidential consultation, please call 941-206-3700 or e-mail Mark at Learn more at

Virginia B Andes Volunteer Clinic & Pharmacy – Making our Community Healthier. Right Here. Right Now.

Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.

The Patterson Foundation – would like to invite you to ‘A Walk to Respect’ on December 1.

FGCU Renaissance Academy Punta Gorda – Movies and a Discussion.

ARCHway Institute – Golf Ball Drop on Dec 5, partnering with Drug Free Punta Gorda.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates – Bromeliad Sale Dec 5 & 6

Charlotte County Concert Band – is a wind ensemble, under the direction of Robert Miller, that presents a six-concert season each year at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center on Carmalita Street. The Concert Band also provides three scholarships to music students at all three Charlotte County high schools. Although this concert season is still uncertain, a small band will entertain holiday shoppers at the Punta Gorda Farmer’s Market on two Saturdays, December 5 and December 12 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Stop by and sing along.

Military Heritage Museum – Tribute to World War II Merchant Marine Hero, Dec 5.

Senior Friendship Centers – Cocktails for a Cause on Dec 9, a Virtual Gala. Sponsorship infoSponsorship Levels.

Wreaths Across America – National Remembrance Wreath Laying December 19 at 10am, Charlotte Memorial Cemetery.

Gulfshore Opera – Gala Announcement

Tidewell Foundation – Signature Luncheon on Friday, February 5, 2021, 11.30am at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.


ARCHway InstituteNational Newsletter

Animal Welfare League – November Newsletter

Charlotte Arts – Newsletter

Charlotte Community FoundationEnd of Year Cheer

CCSOStar Newsletter

Copperfish Books – Newsletter

Drug Free Charlotte County – News to Know

FGCU – Continuing Education

FGCU Renaissance Academy Punta Gorda – Webinars, On Demand, and Face-to-Face!

FGCU Renaissance Academy Fort Myers – Something New for You!

Gregg’s Automotive –

Hope4Communities – October Newsletter

Punta Gorda Airport – Buzz

Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society – Newsletter

SCORE – November Newsletter

StandStar Remodeling & Interior Design – Insider for October

United Way of Charlotte County Newsletter, We’re Fine.

Yoga Sanctuary – November Newsletter

Job Opportunity

Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity is hiring! We’re looking to hire a framer to join our construction team in building our new construction homes. This is a full-time hourly-paid position working 7:30am-4:00pm Tuesdays thru Saturdays. Experience preferred but willing to train the right candidate who has drive and motivation to learn. The ideal candidate must possess excellent people skills, be a motivated self-starter, and must possess the ability to work in a team environment. After initial 90-day introductory period, the successful candidate is offered an optional health benefit package, an optional 401k plan, NINE paid holidays per year, and eligible for FIVE paid vacation days and FIVE paid sick days annually. This is a drug-free work environment. Valid FL driver license required.

Contact Kristy at 941-268-5331 or



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Fishermen’s Village

Fishermen’s Village is proud to announce Rebecca Centeno has joined the Fishermen’s Village Management Team as Vice President of PG Hospitality. Rebecca was born into the field of hospitality and has had Punta Gorda as her stomping grounds since the 80’s. She loves Fishermen’s Village and Punta Gorda. Most recently, she was a General Manager overseeing 180 rooms in Charlotte County. Many may remember Rebecca as the little girl from local Punta Gorda restaurant Elena’s working the cash register, putting a smile on customers’ faces. “Loving hospitality is not something that one can learn. It has to “flow through your veins” and you have to want to put a smile on your customer’s faces by working your absolute hardest for every single customer”, says Rebecca. She even encourages her staff to smile when on the phone with guests, because she believes they can hear and see that smile even in a phone call. Having experienced the demands of operating two major franchise hotels in Charlotte County, she was an ideal candidate to be recruited by PG Hospitality to take the helm as Vice President of the company. She has built an amazing team of people who also love hospitality, are eager to show off the beautifully renovated Suites at Fishermen’s Village and grow within our beautiful City of Punta Gorda as PG Hospitality expands its presence in the city. Contact Rebecca Centeno at: 941 621-6046 or email


John Wright, President,
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

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