Friday Facts for October 28, 2022

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Chamber Member and Chamber Friends:
Here Are Your Friday Facts And Hurricane Recovery Updates From the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

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Chamber President John Wright’s newspaper column from October 25.

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PG Chamber Radio Show: Exclusively For PG Chamber Members.

NOW BOOKING FOR NOVEMBER! 

Our monthly radio show on Seaview 104.9FM during the Bob Alexander Radio Show is 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 very popular show. You can either record two slots or record one to air twice during the show. Bob will let you know when 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 simply to show your community support.

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BREAKING NEWS!

‘Harvest For The Harbor’ Annual Fundraiser

Friday, November 11

The Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center is hosting its Seventh Annual fundraising event “Harvest for the Harbor” on Friday, November 11 at the PGICA, hosted by John Wright. This event allows us to bring together our community and provides the opportunity to celebrate our years work in environmental education and recreation!

As a fundraising event, we are currently seeking donations and sponsorships. Sponsoring this event provides us with the funds needed to further our mission of raising public awareness of our precious Florida environment. We would be thrilled to have more organizations as part of our support team. 

If you are interested in making a donation, becoming a sponsor or contributing a silent auction item, please email somer@checflorida.org to discuss opportunities further. Or if you’d like to attend the event, purchase a ticket here https://www.checflorida.org/event-details/harvest-for-the-harbor

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Whitney Grace starring in Showstopper: A Love Letter to Broadway
Monday, November 21, 7-9pm

Located at Charlotte Harbor Convention & Event Center, 75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda

$45 per person for dinner and show

About the show

SHOWSTOPPER: A Love Letter to Broadway is a one-woman, one hour, 12 costume Broadway extravaganza. Everyone remembers the moment that stopped the show, the 11 o’clock number that left us laughing, crying, or thinking. In SHOWSTOPPER: A Love Letter to Broadway we jump from show to show experiencing the high-energy classics through dance, song and story.

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2023 Chamber Members & Visitors Guide

AD SPACE DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 18!

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**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!

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Wednesday, Nov. 9: Business Over Breakfast, 7:15 am – Village Fish Market hosted by The ARCHway Institute. Please RSVP.

Tuesday, Nov. 15: After Hours, 5:30-7 pm. – Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens. Please RSVP.

Wednesday, Nov. 30: Networking Lunch, Noon-1:30 pm – Laishley Crab House, 150 Laishley Court, Punta Gorda. Cost is $20 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover and AMEX. Tickets can be purchased online at puntagordachamber.com., email reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941.639.3720.

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Please Support Our Local Businesses!

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FourPoints by Sheraton (Platinum) – It’s Halloween weekend in Punta Gorda! Come out and enjoy the best Halloween party around at T.T.’s Tiki Bar this Saturday night! We have Gas House Gorillas starting at 7 pm and will have cash prizes for best costume. The following are our daily specials:

  • Join us for Happy Hour in the Dockside Grill from 4-7 pm every day of the week. We offer $3 draft beer, $4 house wine and $5 premium cocktails
  • Join us for Happy Hour at T.T.’s Tiki Bar from open to 6 pm Monday to Friday. We offer $4 drafts, $4 well cocktails and $5 house wines. 
  • The Dockside Grill serves all you can eat fish and chips every Friday for $12.95. 
  • The Dockside Grill serves Prime Rib every Saturday.
  • The Dockside Grill features a different nightly special.

Gettel Lincoln and Hyundai of Charlotte County (Platinum) – We want to let our community know that we are here to help! In addition to the previously announced $1,000 Hurricane Customer Relief, we have just released a $1,000 Cash Back Certificate with the purchase of a new Lincoln or Hyundai for customers residing in areas that have been impacted by Hurricane Ian. You do not have to trade in your current vehicle to receive this customer relief. Please call 941.216.2069 for Lincoln and 941.841.1557 for Hyundai for an appointment.

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold)  Open 8 am to 1 pm Saturdays Fresh produce, seafood, olives, pickles, guacamole, bakeries and more! In one week we add 15 more vendors in our breezeway of the parking garage. Click here for information.

TIME Realty Services, Inc. (Gold) – Third quarter numbers are out for Charlotte County: 1,479 sales (194 multi-family, 1,284 single family), $360K median price up 19%, 47% cash, 41% conventional loan, 50% under contract in 0-10 days. For 33950: 164 sales (35 multi-family, 129 single family), $477K median price up 4%, 62% cash, 34% conventional loan, 37% under contract in 0-10 days. Thinking of selling? Let’s talk about the numbers and options. Where do you want to go? I can assist you anywhere in the world. Celebrating my 25th year of real estate and 18 years of international real estate. Della Booth, 239-699-4493.

CAM Realty (Silver) – Virtual office available in Downtown 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.

Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty (Silver) – Trunk or Treat, Sunday, October 30 beginning at noon in our parking lot at 2825 Tamiami Trail in Punta Gorda. Our Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty family wants to give back to the community during this time of rebuilding with a fun event for the family. Contact Lesley Barton for more information. 941.404.5923.

Creative Window Treatments (Silver) – We are here for your window treatments needs. Charlotte Sun Best Place to Buy Window Treatments 18 years running. Area’s only Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer, Plantations Shutters, Blinds, Shades, Drapery and more. Call 941.637.0015. 

Friendly Floors (Silver) – Open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday. Saturdays, 10 am-3 pm.

PG Social House (Silver) – Scoop There It Is! 🍦 Tag Team, back again! We decided to host a pop-up on Sunday before Halloween for a fun outing of reminiscing, getting your shake fix on and seeing all of you once again! Music with DJ Reid941, candy cocktails flowing and FUN! Here are some things to expect:

🍭 264 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, (it’s in the same parking lot as our sweet shop 🍭)

🍭 Doors will open at noon on Oct. 30, and close whenever we sell out.

🍭 We will only be selling our cookie 🍪 monster shake and our PB Dreamz 🥜 shake.

🍭 Both shakes are $15 even! We are currently CASH 💵 only so please come prepared.

🍭 We will have candy cocktails and beer.

We don’t know how long we will do these pop-ups, so don’t miss your chance. Shakes will be *LIMITED* due to inventory. If you have any questions, you can reach us at 941.844.1225 ☎️

The Purple House Salon (Silver) – Let’s get hair healthy for fall. Chamber members receive a free treatment upon request with a service. We now offer Lash Extensions! This offer is for every Friday in October and November.

WENG Radio (Silver In Kind) – Chamber members can broadcast information about their business to the public. Click here for special rate.

Charlotte Community Foundation (Bronze) –As we grapple with the long-term impacts of Hurricane Ian, one question everyone is asking is, “what is the scope of the impact on non-profits?” As a result, we launched the Charlotte County Disaster Relief Assessment. Charlotte County non-profit organizations: we want to hear from you. Click here to link to assessment.

The CCF has activated the Charlotte County Disaster Relief Fund to provide immediate aid to residents in Charlotte County who need financial assistance and resources.

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – Open Monday-Friday, 10-4, Saturday, 10-1. Call 941.255.1022 or go online at www.charlotteplayers.org “Blithe Spirit” new dates: now-Sunday, Nov. 13.

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze)  The popular women’s vocal ensemble, the GO Divas, kick-off their fall tour of fun and friendly concerts at a beautiful outdoor venue, the courtyard of Carmelo’s Italian Ristorante on Nov. 6. Click here for ticket information.

Military Heritage Museum (Bronze) – Reopening on Nov. 1. Click here for their latest newsletter. All Gulf Theater shows starting on Nov. 4 are confirmed as originally scheduled. For the Gulf Theater season schedule, click here.

Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association (Bronze) – The Annual Arts and Crafts Fair at the PGICA is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 am – 4 pm. This popular event featuring all handmade items is happening just in time for holiday shopping. With the indoor space sold out, the fair is now expanding outdoors on the beautiful PGICA property, including food trucks. 

Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County (Support) – Summer raffle has been extended and PetOberfest rescheduled. Please come out on Saturday Nov. 12, from 11-3 for the 2022 PetOberfest. For more information, or sponsorships and vendor opportunities visit http://awlshelter.org/petoberfest/

C.A.R.E. (Support) – Has a Sexual Violence support group that meets Wednesdays from 3-4 pm. Please call the SV Helpline for information: 941.637.0404. Survivors can talk openly and honestly about their feelings and experiences with others who understand, while gaining tools for managing the effects of trauma.  

Hoff’s Air Authority (Support) – We post information to our Instagram and Facebook pages to keep everybody up-to-date. We’re taking calls and there is a waiting list. 

Illusions salon & spa (Support) – Join Illusions for their STEAMPUNK Fantasy Hair Show on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Visani’s from 11:30 am-2 pm, benefitting the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. Tickets are $45 including lunch and are available at https://illusionsofpg.com/events/.

Marco Office Supply (Support) – Our prayers and thoughts are with you as you continue to rebuild your homes and businesses. Marco Office Supply is here to help. If your building. storefront, office space received damaged and contents literally destroyed or washed away, we have used and gently used furniture to replace what was lost. In addition, we have an economic line called “Offices to Go,” very much like “Rooms to Go,” with very affordable furniture. We will work within your budget. If you have purchased furniture from us in the past and need invoices for your insurance company, we are happy to pull those up. 239.775.7513.

Peace River Botanical and Sculptural Gardens (Support) – Re-opening Nov. 1, 9 am-4 pm, Tuesday-Sunday. For the month of November, we are going to offer no admission, donation only, in hopes we can all rebuild together! Is your business looking for a place to host your holiday party? Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens is the perfect backdrop! Please reach out to Tanna Horner thorner@peacerivergardens.org for information. 

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The Wyvern Hotel – Is completely refurbished and 100% open for your stay. PERCH 360 rooftop is open from 11 am-10 pm 88Keys dining room is open Tuesday-Saturday 4-9 pm Taking reservations for Thanksgiving dinner now and also booking holiday parties as well Call 941.639.7700 for more information or email salesandcatering@edgewatergrpllc.com

Keller Law Office – Temporarily relocated due to Hurricane Ian damage. Keller Law has been at the Bank of America building in Punta Gorda for the past 13 years. Unfortunately, the roof damage there has required us to temporarily relocate to the Wilshire Walk Plaza, located at 425 Cross Street (41 southbound), Suite 213, between Virginia and Charlotte Aves. We are continuing to provide compassionate advocacy in our areas of practice of Elder Law and Civil Litigation for our individual and business clients as well as the elders in our community. While you are all recovering from the hurricane, please keep an eye out for elderly and vulnerable citizens who are suffering or displaced due to the hurricane. Our doors are open to assist or refer people needing help.

Punta Gorda Symphony – The office has re-opened. We are preparing for the start of another exciting season of Mainstage Concerts featuring Brahms Symphony No. 1 on Nov. 20 at 7:30 pm at Charlotte Performing Arts Center. We are partnering with The Homeless Coalition for the evening’s concert and will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items for those in need. Please help us support our community. Our Jazz on the Lawn 3-Concert Series kicks off on Dec. 3 at 4 pm with Patricia Dean & Friends at Florida Southwestern State College, Charlotte Campus. Mainstage Concert and Jazz on the Lawn Season Subscriptions are still available – Subscribe now and Save 10%. Individual and Group tickets are also available. Visit us at PGSymphony.org for more information and to purchase your tickets today! Or call us at 941.205.5996.  

Homeless Coalition – Thank you to everyone who jumped in and helped us feed and find sources for so many people after the storm. Every donation is truly appreciated but our work of alleviating and preventing hunger and homelessness has grown in the aftermath. We will continue to serve individuals, families, and veterans in our community. We are back to doing our regular Food Pantry every Monday and Wednesday after a slight delay while we were dealing with power, phone and internet challenges. We are back to full services Monday-Friday 9-5 or call 941.627.4313. Mistletoe Ball is still on Dec. 10 and tickets and sponsorships are on sale. Contact Jenifer Welch jenifer.welch@cchomelesscoalition.org for information.  

Punta Gorda Airport – The Charlotte County Airport Authority announced that Chad Rosenstein, MBA, A.A.E. has joined the Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) as its Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Chad will work under CEO James W. Parish and have oversight of the Finance, Information Technology, Property Management, Procurement and Human Resources functions.

Punta Gorda Marina – 40th Anniversary, Thursday, Nov. 11, 3-7 pm. 25096 Marion Ave. Punta Gorda. Click here for details.

Pomegranate & Fig Gift Boutique – Karen Adams 2023 Calendars have arrived.

Bella Napoli Pizzeria & Restaurant – Reviews from millions of Tripadvisor travelers place this restaurant in the top 10% worldwide in 2022! Thank you to our amazing customers. It’s been a incredible year and we look forward to having an even busier year ahead. Being in the top 10% is an incredible feat!

1938 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte.

Harbor Social PG – 1980’s Halloween Party. Tomorrow, 8-11 pm. Best 1980s costume wins a cash prize. 212 West Marion Ave., Punta Gorda.

Punta Gorda Boat Club – Four-hour Boating in Charlotte Harbor seminar on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 am-noon. If you’re new to Charlotte County or just want a little more info on how to safely navigate your boat within our waters, this seminar is for you. $10 per person. Seating is limited. Call 941.639.3828 and leave your name and contact number.  

Charlotte County Habitat For Humanity – Is hosting our 24th Annual Turkey Trot – the 5k/Fun Walk – on Thursday, Nov. 24 at FSW Punta Gorda Campus. Cost is just $40 ($45 day of) and includes a finisher medal. All funds raised benefit our Homeownership Program to help local families achieve the dream of homeownership. Join us for this annual Thanksgiving tradition! For information and to sign up visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/PuntaGorda/CCHabitatTurkeyTrot

TopGolf – Half-price Tuesdays on single bay golf. Currently offering 10% discount to First Responders, linemen and teachers. 2021 Top Golf Way, Fort Myers. 239.933.2035.

Players Circle Theater – Announces the opening show of their professional 2022-23 theater season: “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s” running Nov. 1-20. This hilarious Broadway comedy about three murder plots that go, laughingly wrong. Starring NYC comic RC Smith and Angela Watson who spent 6 seasons on TV’s “Step By Step.” Players Circle Performing Arts Center is housed at the Shell Factory in North Fort Myers, just 5 miles from Charlotte County line. Elegant, intimate theatre. Free parking. Dinner available before show. Tickets $25-$50. For tickets or free brochure call 239.800.3292 Or go online at Playerscircletheater.com. 

Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea – Have you tried our HHC Fang-Tastic Frappe of the Month yet?! This Espresso Frappe is a Caramel delight dripping with Strawberry goodness and topped with ghostly whipped cream. Come get it before it’s gone! 

Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine – Halloween is approaching! We have ALL our Haley Handcrafted Halloween Chocolates available, these are a limited run. Make sure to grab all your Chocolate Gifts, Truffles, Pops, Tombstones, Baskets, Caskets, Skulls and more before they are gone!

Kelting Inspections – Is offering the following services to help you and your family with the aftermath of Hurricane Ian: post hurricane inspections, pressure washing, wind mitigation and mold testing. We are also offering 10% off to first responders and linemen to thank them for their hard work in getting SWFL back up and running. Just mention this ad when you call. Reach out to us today at 941.655.8888 to schedule! 

Connect Print & Promotions, LLC. – All treats and no tricks this October 🎃 when you hashtag #connect, Punta Gorda!

commercial printing ✅

logo/graphic design ✅

next-level promotional swag ✅

branded apparel ✅

signs & graphics ✅

888.978.3437 📞

info@connectpromo.net 📧

www.connectpromo.net 🖥 (includes Holiday cards)

www.Facebook.com/connectpromo

www.Instagram.com/connectprintpromotions

… it’s ALWAYS about the 👊🏻 people! 

#connect 💚🖨💚 #fortheloveofprinting

Punta Gorda Historical Society – History Park took the brunt of Hurricane Ian and clean-up was extensive with 310 volunteer hours by our Sunday Market vendors and volunteers. We are grateful for Team Punta Gorda’s volunteers who put in two work days at the Park. The Sunday Market at History Park is re-opening on Nov. 6. Our season opening of Music in the Park will begin Wednesday, Nov. 9 with Dave Hevron & Friends. The Woman’s Club reopens on Monday and we welcome back our monthly classes and programs, and individuals who celebrate their occasions at our building. Downtown Kava is back to regular business hours at the Train Depot.

St. Vincent DePaul – A 501c3 non-profit “helping people in need,” we are located at Airport and Taylor roads and meet people in need every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 12. We accept personal donations at that time. Our needs are peanut butter and jelly, tents, pasta sauce, orange and apple juice, $25 gas cards and financial donations. For more information, please call Jerry Presseller at 941.391.4856.

Senior Friendship Centers – The Beauty and Challenge of Late-In-Life Relationship Conference will be Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 8:30-11:35 am at the Carlisle Inn and Conference Center in Sarasota. You can attend in person ($50) or virtually ($25). Click here for tickets and information.

Meals on Wheels of Charlotte County – Golf tournament, Saturday, Nov. 5, Deep Creek Golf Club. Click here for information on sponsorships and playing in a foursome.

United Way of Charlotte County – The United at Work Hurricane Ian Response Fund will provide relief to the employees of Charlotte County employers. Every dollar you donate will be matched up to $500,000 by the Elsa & Peter Soderberg Charitable Foundation. In order to bring in $1 million to help the Charlotte County workforce, we need YOUR contribution. If you’re ready to donate, CLICK HERE, or contact Executive Director, Angie Matthiessen or Development Director, Tricia LaPointe at 941.627.3539. UWCC is postponing our HOPE Block Party and Beaujolais. Our focus has been shifted to ongoing emergency relief efforts in our community. Beaujolais, originally scheduled for Nov. 4, will now be held on March 3. (And, yes, we will still be at the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens.) Updated information on the Block Party will be shared as soon as possible. 

Fishermen’s Village – Village Trick-or-Treat event and Village Brewhouse’s Zombie Prom will take place tomorrow from 3-8 pm featuring trick-or-treating around the Village (5-7 pm), face painting, tarot card reading, live music, a costume contest for children, teens and adults, raffles, dining and shopping. Registration for the costume contest is from 5-7 pm. Winners will be announced at Center Court at 7 pm. Prizes will be awarded to the top three, as well as best overall costume. Admission and parking are free. Accommodations are offered at The Suites located on the second level of Fishermen’s Village. Reservations may be made by calling 941.621.6046 or online at www.fishermensvillage.com

BioCide Labs – We can help with mold removal, treatment and prevention. Our main focus is the mitigation and remediation of water-damaged structures. We will walk you through the entire mold remediation process step by step over the phone. Our trained experts can assist you from start to finish. We are offering 15% off mold testing and remediation products when you mention the PG Chamber. Call 239.206.2854 or visit BioCideLabs.com

Gregg’s Automotive – 16th Annual “Putting the Brakes on Autism Campaign.” Click here for details. Also, Guess the Pumpkin Weight Contest. Grand Prize: 2 tickets on Key West Express.

Southwest Florida GSD Rescue – We are in need of fosters to take in dogs displaced by Ian and for dogs relinquished by owners. German Shepherds that we accept are typically calm, sweet, social dogs. If there are folks who can offer help, please call 941.740.0074. www.swflgsdrescue.com

Copperfish Books – We have resumed our regular hours: weekdays 10–5, Saturdays 10–4. We are open on Mondays.

Sea Grape Gallery – Temporarily closed. Please visit our website to view our art, along with contact information for our artists: www.SeaGrapegallery.com.

Built Right Pool Heaters – We have hundreds of heaters in stock and ready to deliver to you. 941.505.1600

The Yoga Sanctuary – Open to a full class schedule for both in-studio visits and online classes. Classes daily. Please follow us on Facebook for continued updates. 112 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda. 941.505.9642.

The Grill at 1951 – We are open and welcome you to see our changes, to enjoy delicious new food items and to listen to our amazing live entertainment!  Enjoy the best martinis in town, along with our great selection of fine wines. Now open 6 days. 1951 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte.

Quick Mobile Repair – Offering discounted prices due to the hurricane and a quick turnaround time for repairing cell phones, tablets, laptops, gaming consoles, etc. In addition, we are scheduling house calls for any home tech issue. Located in the Cross Trails Center, 615 Cross St. #1104. For information, to schedule appointments, please call 941.655.6681.  

Elie Electric Services LLC – Open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. We normally are marine based and working on our waterways, however during this time we will be working on land projects to help homeowners. 1512 Nina St., Port Charlotte. 941.763.5348. elieelectricservice.com

Peace River Wildlife Center – Donations for recovery costs and to rebuild are so welcome and can be made at prwildlife.org.

Copy Life – We copy machines and printers to help you get back to business. Email tmacia@copylifeinc.com or call 404.230.8443.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates –  Partnering with The Wine Room and Grazing Haus to offer visitors wine and cheese samples at the historic site on Friday, Nov. 18, from 5:30-7 pm in the river pavilion, along the Caloosahatchee River. Tickets $75 for non-members, $65 for Edison Ford members. Advance, online registration is required by 5 pm on Nov. 14. Space is limited. Register at EdisonFord.org

ERTC Refund – How much money could your business or non-profit, including churches, receive from the Employee Retention Tax Credit Program? Click here.

Punta Gorda History Center – Southern Supper Fundraiser, Saturday, November 19 at Hurricane Charley’s. Click here for sponsorship details. Click here for dinner details.

SandStar Remodeling/AR Homes – We will not be able to take on any storm-related damage repairs at this time.

SCORE – Offering disaster assistance to small businesses.

Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.

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Voting Location Information

Some voting locations have been changed due to Hurricane Ian. For information about voting locations (early voting and Election Day) in Charlotte County, visit www.soecharlottecountyfl.gov.

Fresh Jersey Tomatoes 7th Annual Toy Drive, November 4-December 9

The Fresh Jersey Tomatoes (FJT’s), a group of women originally from New Jersey who now reside in Charlotte County, are holding their 7th Annual FJT’s Toy Drive for underprivileged children currently receiving services from Charlotte Behavioral Health Care (CBHC). The drive starts Nov. 4 and runs through Dec. 9. Last year we raised approximately 2,000 toys which was 1,000 more than the previous year. Click here for the list of places where you can drop off your donations.

Make Alternate Trick or Treat Plans

After much discussion, the City of Punta Gorda is encouraging residents to make alternate plans this Halloween. Hurricane Ian has left the City with a number of areas that no longer have functioning street lights. There are also many intersections missing traffic signals or stop signs, and an abundance of debris throughout neighborhoods. Streets will not be closed and the City Hall Annex will not be offering trick or treating. We look forward to welcoming residents and visitors back to a traditional Halloween experience in 2023.

Insurance Deductible Assistance Available Through SHIP

 The State Housing Initiatives Partnership Disaster Assistance program provides assistance to low-income households following a disaster. In response to Hurricane Ian, the Charlotte County Disaster Assistance Program opened at 8 am, Tuesday, Oct. 25, and will remain open while funds are available. 

SHIP disaster funds can be used to meet needs not covered by insurance and/or FEMA such as:

  • insurance deductibles for rehabilitation of homes covered under homeowners’ insurance
  • temporary or permanent relocation assistance
  • debris removal and/or interim repairs to prevent further damage when no charitable organizations are available to perform the work for free
  • other disaster-related unmet needs

Other sources of disaster funds and access to long term housing recovery programs may also be available.

Proof of U.S. citizenship (or legal alien status) and full-time and permanent Charlotte County residency is required. Subject property must be a primary residence. Income eligibility restrictions apply. For forms, contacts and more information, visit www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov/ship. For Hurricane Ian information, call the Charlotte County Emergency Operations Center from 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday at 941.833.4000 or 941.743.1320.

Follow Charlotte County Emergency Management’s recovery information at

www.charlottecountyfl.gov/em www.facebook.com/oemcharlottecounty

www.twitter.com/ccoem.

County Allows Trailers, RVs

For Displaced Residents

The Charlotte County Commission voted to allow residents who have been displaced by Hurricane Ian to reside in a trailer or recreational vehicle for up to two years, from Nov. 4, 2022 to Nov. 3, 2024. The County will issue guidance to assist residents in complying with regulations on discharge of waste, temporary connection to utilities and other regulations as needed. For information, call 941.743.1964 or email Zoning@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

Applying For Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Click here

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Election 2022

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VoteYes! For Success

Click here to see why the referendum is so important. Yard signs are available at the Chamber office.

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FWC Opens Displaced Vessel Hotline

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has established a hotline for reporting displaced vessels still on Florida state waters because of Hurricane Ian. The FWC and partner agencies are working with vessel owners to remove or relocate these vessels.  

Report displaced or damaged vessels by calling the Hurricane Ian Vessel Hotline at 850-488-5600, 8 am-5 p., Monday-Friday. Callers will be asked to provide the vessel’s registration number, current location and detailed description.   

Vessel owners are encouraged to hire a salvage company to recover their vessel to provide the safest method possible for the vessel and the environment. Owners of vessels that have become derelict have 45 days from the day the hurricane passed over the state to either remove their boats from waters of the state or bring it into a non-derelict condition.

Owners of displaced vessels who lack the resources to have their boat repaired, or if their vessel is determined to be beyond repair, may release ownership of their vessel. This process can be initiated by contacting the FWC through the Hurricane Ian Vessel Hotline at 850.488.5600 and requesting to turn over a displaced vessel. An FWC representative will then contact the owner to explain the waiver process and facilitate the potential turnover of ownership.

Tax Collector Open for Services

Charlotte County Tax Collector locations are open for walk-in driver licenses, motor services, and tax services without an appointment.

  • Murdock: 18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Port Charlotte: 21229 Olean Boulevard Suite B, Port Charlotte,Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Englewood: 6868 San Casa Drive, Englewood Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Renew vehicle registrations at the Kiosk: Quesada Commons Publix Super Market, 19451 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte

Services currently unavailable: Road Tests, HAZMAT Fingerprinting, Concealed Weapons Permits, Birth Certificates

The Punta Gorda location remains closed at this time

Apply for FEMA Assistance Now 

If you have been affected by Hurricane Ian, register with FEMA with your critical needs. FEMA may provide financial help with essential disaster-related needs, temporary housing expenses, basic home repairs, vehicle replacement and other needs.

There are several ways to apply:

  1. In person at the FEMA location at the Town Center Mall, 1441 Tamiami Trail, near JCPenney
  2. Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  3. Using the FEMA App for mobile devices
  4. Calling FEMA toll-free 800.621.3362 from 7 am to 11 pm.

Don’t wait to apply for FEMA assistance and if you do have insurance, do not wait to file an insurance claim for damage caused by the disaster.

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Election 2022

VoteYes! For Success

Click here to see why the referendum is so important. Yard signs are available at the Chamber office.

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Newsletters

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ARCHway Institute – October Newsletter

Animal Welfare League –October Pawsitive Press

C.A.R.E. – October Newsletter

Charlotte Community Foundation – Newsletter

Copperfish BooksHurricane-Delayed October Newsletter

Downtown Farmers Market – October Newsletter

Lifestyles After 50 – September Newsletter

Loveland Center – September Newsletter

Military Heritage Museum – Newsletter.

Gulf Theater – Newsletter

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens – September Gardens at a Glance News

Pedelec SQB Electric Bikes – October Newsletter

Punta Gorda Airport – Newsletter

Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau – Newsletter

Punta Gorda Mural SocietyOctober Newsletter

SandStarFall Newsletter

TIME Realty Services Inc. – September Newsletter

The Yoga Sanctuary – October Newsletter

Valerie’s House – Newsletter

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Animal Welfare League

Calenda Real Estate Group

Centennial Bank

Chapman Insurance Group

Charlotte Players

Denise Henry,

ReMax Anchor Realty

Farr Law Firm 

Florida Premier Contractors

Granny Nannies

Gulfshore Opera

Hoff’s Air Authority

PicklePlex of Punta Gorda

State Farm Insurance Agency – Mike Martin

Superior Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Wotitzky, Wotitzky, Ross & Young, PA

 

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