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Friday Facts for December 30, 2022

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We wish you a Happy New Year

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Chamber President John Wright’s newspaper column from December 27.


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PG Chamber Radio Show: Exclusively For PG Chamber Members.

PG Chamber Radio Show Exclusively for PG Chamber Members: NOW BOOKING FOR JANUARY!

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 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. The rest we’ll take care of for you. Only 10 businesses per month, so don’t delay. A great way to promote your business, advertise an event or simply to show your community support.

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The Laird’s Golf Challenge

Join us Thursday, February 2nd for something totally new!

TopGolf – 2021 Topgolf blvd. (Just off I-75) in Fort Myers
Entry Fee: $100 Per Person (4-6 people per team)

Includes golf, lunch buffet & festivities cash bar. Prizes Galore


Deadline to enter: Thursday, January 26th

For more information, call (941) 639-3720 or email izajas@puntagorda-chamber.com

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Sullivan Street Craft Festival

January 21-22, Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm

Outdoors on Sullivan Street in Punta Gorda, FL


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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, Jan. 11: Business Over Breakfast, 7:15 am – Tamiami Tavern, 10361 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, hosted by Gettel Automotive of Charlotte County. Please RSVP.

Tuesday, January 17: After Hours5:30-7 pm – Harbor Social located at 212 W. Marion Ave, Punta Gorda. Please RSVP.

Wednesday, January 25: Special State of the City Address Networking Lunch, Noon-1:30 pm – Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve St. in Punta Gorda. We take cash, check,Mastercard, Visa, Discover and AMEX. Tickets can be purchased online at puntagordachamber.com, call 941.639.3720 or email reception@puntagorda-chamber.com

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Please Support Our Local Businesses!

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Four Points By Sheraton (Platinum) – T.T’s Tiki Bar has another great weekend planned! There is no better place to Ring in the New Year than with us! Tonight, we have Dave Chastain playing at 7 pm. On New Year’s Eve, we have Majesty of Rock ringing in the New Year. VIP tickets include party favors, champagne toast and seats up close to the stage and private bar for $79.95. The VIP Experience includes everything the VIP tickets do, as well as an all you can eat buffet for $99.95 per person. Please visit ttspg.com to purchase tickets. Also, please click here to see our January band line up. The following are our specials:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. The Dockside Grill serves all you can eat fish and chips every Friday for $12.95
  4. The Dockside Grill serves Prime Rib every Saturday
  5. The Dockside Grill features a different nightly special

TIME Realty (Gold) – Wishing you and yours health and happiness in the New Year!

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold)  Open 8 am to 1 pm Saturdays. Produce, seafood, olives, pickles, guacamole, bakeries and more! More vendors in the parking garage breezeway.
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.

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.

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

Coastal Expressions & Wine (Bronze) – Located in the ISLES at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd in the Plaza at Suite #1135. If you haven’t been here before, we are more than just a WINE BAR, we offer a unique fun experience including enjoying delicious food, wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks, retail wine by the bottle or that unique boutique gift … plus family fun activities by day or night.

Daily, (Tuesday 10 am – Saturday 9 pm) we offer Wine Tastings, Wine Flights, Wine and Food Pairings.

Daily, we also serve breakfast flatbreads and mimosas, Flatbread lunch specials served with a complimentary glass of wine, beer or drink of your choice, a full dinner menu including dessert, our date night dinner special for two served with a bottle of red or white, of course our signature “Charcuterie Boards” with flavors of gourmet meats and cheeses from around the globe, our “ANYTIME” date night special for two served with a bottle of red or white, and so much more…

Visit our website at www.coastalexpressions.com to view our wine/beer and food menu, including our full “events calendar” with activities of fun things to do with your friend, spouse or when family is in town. Come check us out or give us a call to inquire at 941.214.8599.

Charlotte Players (Bronze) –  New Years Eve Celebration. Join us Dec. 31 at 7:30 pm with some of Charlotte County’s talented singers as they present a 90-minute concert. Accompanied by Music Director/Pianist Ken Crisp and a drummer, this concert has something for everyone – something old, something new, something country, something pop, something Broadway and more! Tickets are $29. For tickets go to www.charlotteplayers.org or call 941.255.1022. 1182 Market Circle in Port Charlotte.

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze)  The high season Community Concerts kick off with a tour of Opera to Broadway, American Composers beginning Jan. 19 at the Gulf Theater in Punta Gorda. Join  GO in the new year.

Military Heritage Museum (Bronze) – Christmas at Wartime Exhibit – Now through Feb. 4 in the Atrium. Sweetheart Luncheon and Fashion Show, Feb. 13, $35 per person. For the Gulf Theater season schedule, click here.

Engage Classes for January. Special Movie Showing: “Mother Teresa – No Greater Love,” Thursday, Jan. 5, 4 pm and Sunday, Jan. 8, 2 pm.

Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association (Bronze) – “Share The Love For The Kids Home Tours,” February 4, 10 am-4 pm, click here.

Let’s Go Fishing! An introductory course in Florida Fishing is being offered at the PGI Civic Association. Topics include fishing techniques, tackle selection, rigging, knot tying, lures, baits, cast nets, fish identification, tides and fishing regulations for fishing in fresh and salt waters of Southwest Florida. The instructor is local fishing guide Capt. Ralph Allen. The course is open to the public and is held on Wednesdays from 7-9 pm for six weeks beginning Jan. 11. Cost is $50. Advance registration recommended. 941-637-1655.

Animal Welfare League (Support) – URGENT ADOPTERS NEEDED! AWL needs your help! 16 Large Breed Adult Dogs need to find their #Fureverhomes immediately!!! Unfortunately due to some ongoing cases we are unable to bring in any new strays or owner surrenders. If we can find homes for 16 of our 52 large breed dogs, we can resume normal intakes. If you were thinking about adopting, call us for an appointment, 941.625.6720. We are open 7 days a week from 10-4. You can view all of our available pups on

C.A.R.E. (Support) –  Make a year-end donation for survivor services.

Frank Desquin (Support) – Did you know the first record of Christmas celebrated locally can be found in Jarvis Howard’s journal? Click here

PicklePlex of Punta Gorda (Support) – United Healthcare and PicklePlex announce major partnership agreement.

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic (Support) – Friday the 13th Bingo, January 13. 11 am-3 pm. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Event Center. Use the QR code to scan and register, or visit our website at Events to register online. $50 includes lunch, 10 bingo games, chance auction, 50/50 raffle and lots of prizes.

Visual Arts Center (Support) – On Friday, Jan. 6 and Saturday, Jan. 7 the VAC will host an Open House. Llive art demonstrations including pottery throwing, watercolor, mosaics, jewelry making and more! The open house marks the beginning of our new class season and class registration will be open. Members of the Visual Art Center receive discounts on classes as a member benefit. For art appreciators the Visual Art Center Galleries are always free to view, and we invite you to browse not only while at our open house but also to visit often as our exhibits change regularly. Local art is always for sale, and did we mention there will be mimosas?! Mark your calendar now and join us.

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Nadine’s Closet – We’re having a sale! We sell custom, unique bold jewelry, hats (including vintage hats) and music boxes. This week, all hats are 25% off and to continue to celebrate Army’s win over Navy, we are still offering all active military and veterans 15% off all items in the shop. Boutique hours are Friday 12-5 pm, Saturday 10 am-2 pm or a private shopping experience by appointment. Located downtown at 103 W. Marion, Punta Gorda, enter in the back and go up the stairs. A little hard to find but worth the trip!

Short Film Festival Returns – The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau and Asbury Shorts USA present the 9th Annual Punta Gorda Short Film Festival on March 1 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. Tickets are on sale.

Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea – Are you ready for our Frappe of the Month!!?? Starting Monday, we will have our HHC Espresso Dark Chocolate Fudge Frappe! Topped with our house-made Whipped Cream and a special piece of our Famous Fabulous Fudge. This creamy, blended Frappe is perfect for these beautiful Florida days!

Harbor Social – New Year’s Eve party with Joey Gilmore band 8pm until midnight. Party favors champagne toast at midnight and limited menu. 212 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda

The Grill at 1951 – Mickey Basil Quartet Countdown to 2023 New Year’s Eve Celebration and plenty of jazz in January. 1951 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte.

Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine – Are you ready for the Sweet Sounds of Saturdays! EVERY Saturday until May we will have live music with a rotation of local artists. Don’t forget to make a reservation for our Wine and Craft Beer Tastings EVERY Saturday YEAR-ROUND! 941.505.0479.

Knights of Columbus – Cannot host a fundraiser at church due to the damage from Hurricane Ian. We have not been able to collect any donations for the charities in our community. We’re hoping we can get some people to attend the movie event at the Military Museum on January 5 and 8. We are also hosting a Hot Dog and Sausage & Peppers tent at the Farmers Market on January 7 and 21.

Punta Gorda Pub Crawl – There will not be a Pub Crawl in 2023 but they are still having a benefit concert and food drive on February 25. Click here.

Fishermen’s Village – Ring in the New Year Fishermen’s Village style! This family friendly event runs from 6-midnight on Dec. 31 and will keep you entertained throughout the night. January calendar of events and Sunset Beach Club events

Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity – 3rd Annual Build Campaign Dollar for Dollar Match. Click here. Free donation pick up, call 941.639.0586. 1750 Manzana Ave., Punta Gorda.

Smargasy Inc. – Do you need help with your Digital Marketing? Let’s talk about it. Or call/text 239.214.8592.

Dr. Ally’s Animal Clinic of Punta GordaFinal deals of 2022. Shop online.

Punta Gorda AirportLatest info: New charging stations, TSA Travel Tips, Transporting Firearms, Destination Spotlight: Minneapolis.

The Wyvern Hotel – Valentine’s Lovers Retreat, Saturday, February 11 includes King Room and 4-course dinner and roof-top breakfast for 2. $399. Reservations required. Call 941.639.7700. 101 E. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda.

Pomegranate and Fig – Buy local and save. End of year
clearance sale!

FGCU Academy – 2023 Winter Program Guide – It’s Here!

Punta Gorda Symphony – Features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 at 7:30 PM on Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. January-February Calendar.

Pedelec Electric Bicycle – Next month I have some office space to rent. It is behind my shop, the building between Beef O Brady and Funky Junkie. Size: 10×20 ft, 200 sqf. Starting offer $500/month plus electric power and utility. Call Phil at 941.276.3126.

Burnt Store Presbyterian Church – There is music in the air! 2023 Concert Series: Jan. 23 (Bachelors of Broadway), Feb. 13 (Shake Baby Shake), March 13 (1969).

TEAM Punta Gorda – Save the date: March 25, Pedal and Play in Paradise. A Cycling Celebration in Punta Gorda.

Charlotte County Rotary Club – A fundraiser concert featuring Goldtones will be Jan. 21 at the Military Heritage Museum’s Gulf Theater. It’s to raise money for scholarships for Charlotte High School, Port Charlotte High School, the Technical Center and military veterans.

ARCHway InstituteThanks to your support, we saw over 180 donations and raised over $31,000 + the $15,000 match for a total of $46,000! We also added 7 NEW HOPE Fund Sponsors, provided over $13,000 in financial assistance, and spread the hope that recovery is possible through our educational efforts! ARCHway Institute invites you to a night of comedy by Zoltan Kaszas and others at the Visani Restaurant and Comedy Theater in Port Charlotte. Thursday, Jan. 19. Doors open at 5 pm for dinner and show starts at 8 pm. Show tickets are $10 each.

Senior Friendship Center – The Golden Age of Friendship tickets are on sale now! Thursday, January 26.

All Dry Services of Florida Gulf Coast – We are a customer service company that specializes in mold and water remediation for businesses and homeowners. Part of a national five-star organization, we are locally owned and operated with over 23 years of collective team experience. Our services include water and flood damage, mold remediation, sanitizing and deodorizing, leak detection and air fogging services. Call 703.307.7379

Charlotte County Imagination Library – An affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and a program of Gilstad Literacy Foundation, Inc., Imagination Library has received multiple grants and donations to support the program that mails a free book to enrolled children every month from birth until age 5. All children in this age range living in Charlotte County are eligible and can be enrolled at www.charlottecountyimaginationlibrary.org or www.imaginationlibrary.com

Sea Grape Gallery – Still closed but repairs have begun. In the meantime, please visit our website, seagrapegallery.com to view our art and artist contact information.

Yogaz – A clothing line launched in Florida on Pine Island in January of 2022 with rave reviews from customers. Yogaz founders Barbara and Buck Pelton have relocated to Punta Gorda and the Yogaz clothing line is now available at Punta Gorda’s local markets. For more information, go to yogaz.com or yogi@yogaz.com or call 507.382.7232

ERC – We help businesses recover the payroll taxes they paid for the employees they retained during the pandemic. Basically, it’s a refund of your payroll taxes. This is a $400 billion program. We want to qualify as many businesses as possible so they can get their share of that $400 billion. It costs nothing to find out if your business qualifies for this refund. I’ll do it for you – contact me by phone or text at: 941.200.1204 or send me an email at: bob.wenz@americanercprogram.com. All I need is your name, phone number, and email address, plus the legal name of your business to see if your business qualifies. Get qualified now!

Kelting Inspections – A proud partner of Hometown Heroes as we understand that we cannot thank our veterans enough for what they have done for our country. For this reason we offer discounts for veterans and active duty military all year long! Call us today at 941.655.8888 to schedule.

Connect Print & Promotions, LLC. – December is the month of Holiday celebrations and looking ahead – we’ll set your marketing plan in overdrive for the New Year, Punta Gorda!
commercial printing
logo/graphic design
next-level promotional swag
branded apparel
signs & graphics

(includes Holiday cards)

… it’s ALWAYS about the




St. Vincent DePaul – St. Vincent de Paul, Sacred Heart Conference – Open to serve our neighbors in need 9 am-12 noon Monday-Wednesday-Friday at 25200 Airport Rd. Walk-ins welcome, no appointment necessary.

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. We are offering 15% off mold testing and remediation products when you mention the PG Chamber. Call 239.206.2854 or visit BioCideLabs.com

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

Elie Electric Services LLC – 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

Copy Life – We have copy machines and printers. Email tmacia@copylifeinc.com or call 404.230.8443.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates – Gardening events, talks and classes offered. Click here for dates and times. Strictly Sinatra performing on January 27,

Peace River ShopperLatest Edition. Arcadia Community Local.

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Public Meeting For Northbound Tamiami Trail Street Improvement

You may attend the public meeting through two options: in-person or live online (virtual) event.

West Retta Esplanade Roadwork

January 9-31 (weather depending). Retta Esplanade Avenue will close at the following intersections to perform patterned textured asphalt placements: Gilchrist St., McGregor St., Chasteen St. and Dolly St. Harborwalk phase II parking lot and uplands improvement construction is approximately 90% complete. Project completion is tentatively scheduled end of March.

City of Punta Gorda: Join Our Team

Are you interested in participating in your local government? Apply now to serve on a city board. For more information, visit the Boards & Committees page on the City’s website www.cityofpuntagordafl.com or contact the City Clerk’s Office at 941.575.3369. For current vacancies click here.

Third Annual 5K Freedom Run

3rd Annual 5K Freedom Run at the William R. Gaines Jr. Veterans Memorial Park will take place at 9 am tomorrow. The park is located at 20414 Edgewater Dr. in Port Charlotte.

Hurricane Ian Recovery Information

Helping Businesses With Appeals Process
How To Apply FEMA Assistance If Your Home Is A Boat
FEMA Recovery Update From Dec. 27
General Behavioral Health QR Code

Additional Florida Counties Eligible for FEMA Public Assistance
FEMA Application Deadline Is Approaching

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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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Meals on Wheels
Office Manager

Start the New Year out Right! Come join a Fun Team and feel great helping others in our community 40 hours a week- no weekends, no nights, no holidays Starting at $18 an hour This position takes care of the daily operations of the business/office for Meals on Wheels Duties include: Payroll Submission, Invoicing Clients, Accounts Receivables, Accounts Payable, Documentation in CRM System, Making Deposits, Filing and Keeping Records, Communicating with Volunteers, Clients and Donors. ServeTracker and or Quick books experience is a bonus. Will train the right individual. Must be a positive, friendly, multi-tasker who is looking for long-term employment and growth. Send resume to teresadesguin@yahoo.com

Charlotte Correctional Institution – Aramark
Corrections Kitchen Worker

The Corrections Kitchen Worker supervises inmates to ensure that meal and food items are prepared in accordance with production plans. In this role, you will train workers in methods of performing duties, as well as assign and coordinate work to promote the efficiency of operations. This person is also responsible for the sanitation of the facility and maintaining personal safety, by conforming to all standards and regulations Requirements:
• Must be over 18 years of age
• Minimum of one (1) year of food prep or related work
• Previous supervisory experience preferred
• Previous experience interacting with inmates a plus
• Ability to motivate and supervise inmates and/or team
members to attain quality and quantity of food production in a
correctional work environment
• Must be able to obtain a food safety certification
• Ability to work independently with limited supervision
• Ability to exercise good judgment and tact
• Must be able to follow basic safety procedures and policies
• Must qualify for and maintain correctional facility security
$15/hour (Full time) + Full benefits, tuition assistance, 401k and
daily pay options.
Contact Information:
Paul Swillum – Hiring Manager – swillum-paul@aramark.com

Dave Manganelli – District Manager – manganelli-dave@aramark.com

Direct Application Link:

Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association
Event Technician (Part-time)

This is a physical role requiring very flexible scheduling including weekends and evenings, a strong work ethic, initiative, exceptional organization, good judgement, and outstanding customer service skills. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Event Technician is responsible for: setting up and preparing the auditorium and classrooms for daily activities; setting up and breaking down the auditorium and classrooms for large special events; and staffing special events. $15-$17 per hour. Send resume to teriashley@pgica.org for consideration.

Facility and Maintenance Coordinator (Full-time)

Physical role requiring very flexible scheduling, strong work ethic, initiative, good judgement, and outstanding customer service skills. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Facility and Maintenance Coordinator is responsible for: setting up auditorium and classrooms for daily activities; setting up and breaking down auditorium and classrooms for large special events; staffing special events; and maintaining the cleanliness, repair and safety of the facility, equipment, and grounds. $17- $19 per hour. Includes paid vacations and holidays. Send resume to teriashley@pgica.org.

Coastal Expressions Wine Bar
Kitchen Help

Local, fun WINE BAR in the Isles of Punta Gorda is looking to expand their kitchen staff. Are you looking for a part-time position with a limited menu for easy prepping and execution? Flexible shifts to work with your “semi-retired” lifestyle! Or are you a high school student 18+ or new college graduate? Excellent opportunity to learn culinary skills in a small kitchen environment. Limited menu allows you to hone your skills in our prep kitchen. The position will include week days and/or evenings plus Saturdays. Occasional special events. Approx. 12-20 hours/week. $12/hr. plus tips. Please send resume to loris@coastal-expressions.com or call 941.214.8599.


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