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Friday October 27, 2023

Chamber President John Wright’s Newspaper Column From Oct. 24

Boo's Brews & Casino!

A unique, fun and festive combination of entertaining things all in one spot!

Where? TT’s Tiki – The Big Tiki

When? Sat. October 28, 3-6pm

Boo? Come dressed in your best Halloween costumes!

Brews? More than 13 local breweries will have multiple craft brews on hand for tastings. Wristbands are required for this portion and can be purchased for just $25 for calling 941.639.3720 (Must be over 21 to participate) Also…Vote for your favorite Brew and they get a tap at the Tiki for the next month to keep the party going!

Casino? That’s right! We’ll have three blackjack, roulette and Texas hold’em tables set up. You play with chips that turn in to prizes at the end of the day! (5:45pm)

After you play all day and sample some new and tasty brews, make sure you stay because the popular Gas House Gorillas are playing that evening!

In Partnership With:

T T's Tiki Bar, 2018 Donna Heidenreich Medium Business of the Year

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.

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry Hygiene Products

St. Vincent de Paul in Punta Gorda is a 100% volunteer organization helping people in Charlotte County.

They provide food along with hygiene products to those in need of such things.

They continually run out of hygiene products such as toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, laundry detergent, bar soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorant.

If you can donate any of these products, it would be greatly appreciated. You can drop off any items at the Punta Gorda Chamber office located at 252 W. Marion Ave in downtown Punta Gorda or you can bring donations to our networking events.

If you have a large amount, they will arrange to pick it up or you can drop it off on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Their address is 25200 Airport Road in Punta Gorda. Please stop at the rear of Building 1 and ring the doorbell and they will come to your vehicle to accept the donation.

Thank you for your consideration.

They are a 501c3 organization where $.97 cents of every dollar donated is put back into our community. 

Members-Only Networking Events

**Please remember to RSVP directly to events by emailing reception@puntagorda-chamber.com, 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!

Four Points By Sheraton (Platinum)

The Fall season is upon us. You know what that means at the Tiki Bar? The weather is beautiful! Come put your toes in the sand with a drink in your hand. On Friday, we have Dukes of Brinkley playing at 6 pm. On Saturday, we have fan favorite Gas House Gorillas taking the big stage at 6:00 PM. Please make sure to get here early to get a good seat, because they always bring a crowd! Please click here to see when all of your favorite bands will play this month. The Tiki Bar is featuring different fall specials every week, so make sure to take advantage of our chef’s creativity. They also have Happy Hour daily Monday- Friday from open until 6:00 PM. We offer $3 draft beers, $4 house well cocktails, and $5 house wines. Don’t forget the hotel parking lot has 3 electric car charging stations for your convenience. Stop by and enjoy a drink and great views while your car is charging. Lastly, visit our Dockside Grill inside the hotel. We offer Happy Hour daily from 4-7 pm. We also have an AYCE Fish Fry on Friday nights and Prime Rib Saturdays. 

Please plan to attend the Thunderbirds Meet and Greet on Thursday, November 2nd at 5:30 PM. We will have a Maverick and Goose look a like contest, photo op with a F18 cockpit, photo op with the pilots, and much more. 

The Harborside Garden, is now open for private events. 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. 

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold)

Open 8 am to 1 pm Saturdays..

Lori Ann Mertens - Keller Williams Peace River Partners (Gold)

Are you in need of a Complimentary Market Analysis for your home value in this crazy market? Or if you just need one for insurance.

We are considered to be in a “equal market” not a Buyers or Sellers market.

Our team is ready on your timeline when you want to BUY, SELL or INVEST in South West Florida.

Serving South West Florida since 2002.

Lori Ann Mertens, Realtor

United Home Group

Keller Williams Peace River Partners

Each Office Is Individual Owned and Operated

941-457-7072 call or text is best

Serving South West Florida since 2002. Going the Distance to make a Difference. 

Tamiami Tavern (Gold)

ADULT TRICK or TREAT at TAMIAMI TAVERN (why should the kids have all the fun!!) Dine with us on October 31st 2023 and take a dip in our PUMPKIN to get a PRIZE! Prizes could be a free dessert, a free appetizer, a free beer, a free wine or even a gift certificate for $5 or even $50!!!! Open 8 am to 9 pm. Not to be combined with any other offer, 21 and over, no cash value.🍂

TIME Realty Services, Inc. (Gold)

The September numbers are available. Charlotte Co. 513 sales, $345K median price, 42% cash, 39% conventional loan, 13% FHA, 25% in contract 0-10 days, 23% 31-60 days, 13% 61-90 days, and12% over 121 days. We have 5.6 months of inventory. The market is in a state of change as is the economy. Whether you are buying or selling you need to know the numbers before you enter the market. Celebrating 25yrs as your local Realtor, call me with all of your questions cell:


Wyvern Hotel (Gold)

Toy Drive! Monday, December 4, 5-7pm benefitting the school children of Punta Gorda. Free admission with toy donation per person. Complimentary Appetizers, House Wine and Beer. Click here for more information.

CAM Realty (Silver)

Virtual office available in Punta Gorda, $99/+tax per month. Provides your company the image of an office without the cost of dedicated office space. Contact CAM Realty: 941.833.0083.

Coastal Expressions Wine Bar (Silver)

Coastal Expressions Wine Bar is Located in the Isles at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd, Suite 1135. Come try our exciting NEW Summer Menu that features wraps, salads, tapas, and our famous flatbreads. Our charcuterie boards pair well with our unique wine selections too. Want an easy and tasty snack…get a charcuterie and bottle of wine to go! Join us for a delicious meal and entertainment: Trivia is every Thursday starting at 6:30 and Wine-O-Bingo is every Friday at 6 pm. Summer hours are Tuesday 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday 11 am to 8 pm. Visit www.coastal-expressions.com to view the menu, events calendar and book your private party. Small or Large groups welcome! 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 October Calendar Sunset Beach November Calendar and October Center Court Calendar. Join Fishermen’s Village for the annual Lighting of the Village on Saturday, November 18. Click here for all the fun filled details!

Isles Yacht Club (Silver)

Golfers, Have a great time playing at the Riverwood Golf Club, one of the nicest courses in the area, while supporting local charities. The Isles Yacht Club in Punta Gorda is hosting a charity event where the proceeds go directly to Charlotte County Meals on Wheels, Charlotte County Imagination Library, and Charlotte County Homeless Coalition.

This is a great event to put together your own foursome or just a couple players. This event is open to the public and you do not need to be a member of the IYC to play. Registration fees include: greens fees, cart, a goody bag, drinks, BBQ buffet, a chance to win a boat if you hit a hole in one, and awards for the top finishers. We will also have a raffle! Saturday, December 2nd, 11:00AM check in and range opens, 1:00PM shotgun start, Cost: $250 per person. Contact the front office at the Isles Yacht Club to register at 941-639-2690 or stop by More details at www.islesyc.com/IYC_Charity_Cup

Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine (Silver)

 HHC Chocolate Advent Calendars are making their way to the surface! Come down and create a personalized Advent Calendar filled with delicious, molded chocolates! Perfect for everyone in the family, only 1 MONTH left to get your started!! 

Punta Gorda Coffee & Tea (Silver)

Come down and see our team dressed up for Halloween this Saturday the 28th! We will have a bowl of candy for all the little ones who attend. Our shop is open from 7AM till 2PM! Some of the team might be dressed as zombies this year, but that might just be because we haven’t had our cup of coffee yet! 

Charlotte Players (Bronze)

Charlotte Players- Join us for the third play of our 63rd season, The Foreigner playing Nov 2-12. What does a shy Englishman in search of rest do when he visits a fishing lodge in Georgia? Charlie Baker, a proof reader by day and a boring husband by night, adopts the persona of a foreigner who doesn’t understand English. For more information go to www.charlotteplayers.org or call 941-255-1022. Punta Gorda Chamber Members use code PGFOREIGNER online or over the phone for BOGO tickets!

Charlotte County Homeless Coalition (Support)

Saturday, November 11 – Drive Out Hunger Golf Tournament at the Riverwood Golf Club. Click here for more information. The Mistletoe Ball will be held on December 9 and there are sponsorship opportunities available to fit most everyone! Click here to see how you can help!

Visual Arts Center (Support)

FREE admission to plant sale.  November 4, 10am-2pm. Many varieties of unique plants including bromeliads, hibiscus, rare fruit trees, herbs, butterfly plants, and more! Pottery and garden décor galore! Experts available for your gardening questions. MEMBERSHIP PAYS! Members get in at 9am and receive 10% off!

Member Information

The Yoga Sanctuary – Understanding the Pathways of Your Breath Sunday, October 29, 1 – 3pm $35

Join us for a transformative journey into the world of breath and body harmony with Amanda Ricker, TYS massage therapist and energy worker. Together, you will discover the incredible power of your breath and how it interacts with the 12 systems of your body. If you are seeking an interactive and enriching opportunity to deepen your understanding of breath, body, and holistic well-being, this workshop is for you! No experience necessary. 

Harbor Nissan – 4th Annual Halloween Trunk or Treat & Costume Contest at Harbor Nissan October 31st 3pm-6pm

4336 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33980

Start Your Trick or Treating out Right at Harbor Nissan!

Music, Candy, Fun & Costume Contest! Join us for free family fall fun! Dress in your spookiest or silliest Halloween costume and go truck to trunk to find the treats!

Punta Gorda Women’s Club – November 5 2:30 – 5:00 pm Murder Mystery Fundraiser. $45 includes appetizers from FM Don’s. Be a guest or play a role. Costumes encouraged. For more information, and RSVP contact Barb 941.807.2227

Gianna’s Salon & Spa – At Gianna’s Salon & Spa taking care of your feet is a priority for us. According to leading Podiatrists there are several health issues with feet which regular pedicures may help with avoiding. Fungal infection, for instance, can cause your toenails to become discolored or even fall off. Ingrown toenails can lead to bacterial infection or painful open lesions. Athlete’s foot can lead to itching, blisters, and pain. Please consider scheduling a pedicure appointment with us to care for your feet. Our professional, talented staff look forward to working with you in keeping your feet healthy and looking their best. We also offer a deluxe pedicure. We are located at 4300 Kings Highway, Suite 204, Port Charlotte, Florida within the School House Plaza. (Telephone 941-624-6575) You can also visit us on Facebook at Gianna’s Salon & Spa.

Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity – Join Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity for our 25th Annual Turkey Trot! The 5k Run/Fun Walk will take place on Thursday, November 23rd , at FSW Punta Gorda Campus. Cost is $40 until Nov. 22 / $45 day of the event and all participants receive a finisher medal. All funds raised benefit our Homeownership Program to help local families achieve the dream of affordable homeownership. Join us for this Thanksgiving tradition! For additional information and to sign up visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/PuntaGorda/CCHabitatTurkeyTrot

Team Punta Gorda – Join fellow kayakers for a fun filled morning exploring some remarkable waterways in our community. Guided by experienced naturalists. The registration fee is $25. Choose from 5 launch sites. Start times range from 8:00 – 8:30 am, Saturday, November 4. After the tour, enjoy an included BBQ lunch and fun at the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center in Punta Gorda. Guest speaker will be Brian Blankenship, noted kayaking instructor and owner of Bay Kayaking (baykayaking.com).

My Promotions – November 18-19, Jan 5-7, March 23-24, Arts and Craft, Specialty Foods, Furniture, Souvenirs, Jewelry, Apparel, Hats and More! Gilchrist Part. Fun for the Whole Family! Face Painting, mermaid hair, sahved ice! To inguire about vendor space, please visit www.mypromotions.com.

Gold Entertainment – We’re bringing the laughs to Punta Gorda! Click here for show dates and more information.

Southwest Florida Symphony – The Marcus Roberts Jazz Trio Sunday November 5, 3pm Cielo Restaurant 1244 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel $150 suggested donation per person includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. RSVP before October 31 by calling 239-418-0996. Space is limited.

Punta Gorda Elkettes – Fall Harvest Luncheon and Silent Auction Saturday, November 18 11:30 – 3:00pm at the Port Charlotte Board of Realtors. For more information including how to get tickets, click here.

Hampton Manor of Punta Gorda – TRUNK or TREAT! Friday, October 27, 5:00-7:00pm. Free Admission. Music, pumpkin decorating, candy, popcorn, giveaways and more! Click HERE for more information.

Punta Gorda Rotary Club – A Healing Field of Honor is hosted by the Punta Gorda Rotary Club Foundation, November 10-12, at Laishley Park! Picture 1,000 American flags flying in ceremonial formation. An individual or an organization sponsors each flag in this Memorial Day weekend display at Laishley Park in honor of a fallen hero, veteran, active-duty military member, first responder, doctor, nurse, teacher, or any other hero. It’s an awe-inspiring panorama. Purchase and dedicate a flag (or more) or become a sponsor at https://www.healingfield.org/event/puntagordafl23. For more information, contact Alyson Burch by calling or texting 941-875-3829 or emailing Jaburch12@verizon.net.

Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity – Join Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity for our 25th Annual Turkey Trot! The 5k Run/Fun Walk will take place on Thursday, November 23, at FSW Punta Gorda Campus. All funds raised benefit our Homeownership Program to help local families achieve the dream of affordable homeownership. For additional information and to sign up visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/PuntaGorda/CCHabitatTurkeyTrot

Emerge Gardens – Emerge Gardens – where every family has access to clean, healthy produce locally grown. Come visit us, 6427 Elliott Street Punta Gorda, FL Tuesday thru Friday 9am to 4 pm or order on-line store to purchase boxes of fresh cut herbs and variety of lettuce & greens. We are also a Florida Dept. of AG Certified Nursery offering many varieties of in seasonal seedling stock of fruit, vegetable, herbs, flower seedling in rockwool, and or coco coir medium that are ready for transplant in tower garden, garden tower or straight into soil. We use no herbicide or pesticides. You can also pick-up every Saturday at

Punta Gorda’s Farmer’s Market 8am to 12 noon. we believe in the power of plants.

Martella Law Firm – Have you thought about what will happen to your business if something happens to you? Who will be legally authorized to run things when you are down? Who will inherit your business if you or a partner passes? Do you want to be partners with your business partner’s spouse? If you haven’t thought about these questions, give Mark Martella, Esq., of the Martella Law Firm, PLLC a call at 941-867-6865 (or e-mail him at mark@martellalaw.com) to schedule a complimentary, confidential, one hour consultation to discuss your options to be prepared for when “life happens.”

Gardenia Home Watch LLC – Hello PGI neighbors,

My name is Nancy Cornett, my business is Gardenia Home Watch. I do Home watching, a little bit of Home Cleaning also. You can check me in my web site, GardeniahomewatchLLC.com. My phone # is 603 203 1249. Even though I am new to this area, I have found new friendly clients!! (thanks to the Chamber of Commerce Punta Gorda.) Please reach out to me if you need any help, big or small, I would be to glad to help.

Florida International Air Show – November 4 & 5 www.floridaairshow.com for tickets. 2023 marks our 42nd year at the Punta Gorda Airport. Fun for the whole family – vintage aircraft on static display, military/civilian demonstrations; Interactive Kid Zone, Variety of delicious Food Trucks, Exhibits and Craft Vendors.  

Nutegra Mental Health and Nutrition, Inc. – Introduction Seminar November 10, 9:00am – 4:30 pm Isles Yacht Club. The Obesity Epidemic ; Treatment and Coaching. Click here for more information.

Burnt Store Presbyterian Church – Burnt Store Presbyterian Church will celebrate Reformation with a Kirkin’O’ the Tartan Service at 4 pm on Sunday, October 29. While this special service honors Scotland and our Scottish heritage, it is truly a Scottish-American custom. Click here for more information. 

Burnt Store Presbyterian Church is thrilled to announce a Scottish-Irish Celebration on Sunday, October 29 at 5:30 PM, featuring Brian Gurl and Carlann Evans. An evening of Celtic music including Michele Pruyn, Karen Romig, Isaac Mingus and bagpiper Gary Rinstrohm. Click here for more information.

Crossroads Hope Academy – A night with Jimmy Wayne. Fall Festival Weekend Kick Off! Friday, November 17, 7:00PM at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church Sanctuary. Tickets are $40 starting October 1. Tickets available at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, Deep Creek Church, New Life, First Presbyterian PG, Murdock Baptist and Crossroads Academy. For more information, please contact Kathy at KBrownMayes@gmail.com

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.

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.

Connect Print & Promotions, LLC – your print & brand marketing solutions will never be frightful 👻 when you hashtag #connect, Punta Gorda!

YOU are the brand | We are the STANDARD

commercial printing ✅

logo/graphic design ✅

next-level promotional swag ✅

branded apparel ✅

signs & graphics ✅

888.978.3437 📞

info@connectpromo.net 📧

www.connectpromo.net 🖥 



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!

Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.


Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association

Full-Time BOOKKEEPER Position Available

The PGICA Bookkeeper is responsible for the financial operation of the 501(c)3 nonprofit, 3,600-member, community association. A high-profile role, it requires outstanding customer service, communication, and organizational skills; excellent utilization of QuickBooks and Microsoft Office; a high degree of judgement, initiative, and confidentiality; and a commitment to the mission and values of the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association. Full-Time- $20-$21 per hour; Benefits- Paid Holidays & Personal Time-Off; Employee Discounts. Required Experience- QuickBooks and Bookkeeping. Send resumes to TERIASHLEY@PGICA.ORG

Faith Lutheran Church

Administrative Assistant

Faith Lutheran Church in Punta Gorda offers a Christ-centered opportunity for a part-time (M-F 8:30-1pm) Administrative Assistant to the pastor. MS office 365 proficiency required. Competitive pay based on experience. For more info (941) 639-6309 or faithadmin88@embarqmail.com

D.I.S. Tech Services Inc.

IT Support Technician (Part-time)

Hiring part-time I.T. Technician.  If interested, contact Josh at 941.867.9772 or email jmontgomery@distechusa.com

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.



If you live in the city limits of Punta Gorda and were registered to vote by October 10th, you can participate in the November 7th General Election. Ballots are now being returned! You may view the data on the home page of the Supervisor of Elections office. View the sample ballot here today and get out and vote!

For the City of Punta Gorda residents, if you wish to vote by mail in this election, you must make this request before 5 PM on October 26th. Vote-By-Mail requests may be renewed online or by calling our office at 941-833-5400.  If you have any questions about the election or the 2024 Presidential elections, feel free to contact our office. You can call or email us at soe@soecharlottecountyfl.gov

Charlotte High School Silver King Band

Please help our own CHS Silver King Band go to Tennessee as a complete group to savor the experience of playing up there, representing Charlotte County. Click HERE to see how you can help.


Performances are November 3-5 and ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Please click HERE for more information or HERE for sponsorship opportunities.

Charlotte County Agribusiness Tour

UF/IFAS Extension Charlotte County is

hosting an “Agribusiness Tour” on Thursday, Nov. 9 for people interested in learning about agriculture in our community. Knowledgeable local experts will guide the tour with agricultural details and points of interest. This year, there will be a bus

for Charlotte County teachers who wish to attend.  

Participants will explore the many commodities and products produced in Charlotte County. Tour stops will include an organic vegetable grower, bees, cattle, and citrus as well as a BBQ lunch. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.tinyurl.com/2p88jnu3 to register. 

For information, contact Holly Bates at Holly.Bates@charlottecountyfl.gov

or 941-764-4352 

“Freaky” Florida-Friendly Friday Oct. 27

UF/IFAS Extension Charlotte County is hosting a “Freaky” Florida-friendly Friday on Oct. 27 from 9:30 a.m.-noon at Centennial Park Recreation Center located at 1120 Centennial Blvd., Port Charlotte.  

The program will cover Florida-friendly landscaping, spiders of Southwest Florida, and growing pumpkins, gourds and

squash.  There is a fee of $10 to cover

materials. Register online at www.tinyurl.com/4prw9mtt

For information, contact Sara Weber at Sara.Weber@charlottecountyfl.gov or 941-764-4351. 


October 21, 2023 – benefitting The Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County & Crossroads Hope Academy.

Click HERE for more information.

Fundraising Concert

Support the Beirut Peacekeepers Tower

Saturday, October 21 – 5:30 PM

Bert’s Back Porch – Click HERE for more information

Meeting Space Available

Are you a non-profit? Are you looking for a place to hold your meetings and/or events?  The Punta Gorda Boat Club has space available for you at reasonable user fees. For more information please call 941-639-3828 and leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.  

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