Friday Facts for March 19, 2021

Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends,

Here are your Friday Facts.

For Our Community and All Our Members.

From John Wright, President, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. Here is a copy of John’s Column printed in the newspaper on March 16.

TODAY On Friday March 19th at 1pm at the First United Methodist Church, there will be a celebration of life for Jan Sidebottom, who served for six years as Treasurer of the PG Chamber from 2007-2012 before moving over to Main Street Punta Gorda as their Executive Director prior to its closure. Jan was Branch Manager of Peninsula Bank for many years (opposite the Ice House Pub that is now Campbell’s Enrolled Agents.) Hope you are able to join us.

For Our Community.

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

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

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

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

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

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

PG Chamber radio show: Exclusively for PG Chamber members: NOW BOOKING FOR APRIL 2021, 1 SLOT ONLY, LAST TIME TO BOOK. 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 programing 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.

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

For Our Community and All Our Members

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

For Our Community.

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

Charlotte County Centennial Year begins.

April 30-May 2  – The Hibiscus Festival is set for April 30-May 2 at Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda.

Centennial Puzzle Pieces – Celebrate the Charlotte County Centennial by collecting Centennial Puzzle Pieces. The four quarterly Centennial events will each be giving away a puzzle piece that represents that event. After the last quarterly event anyone who has completed the puzzle will be entered to win a prize.

A puzzle piece can be collected at the

  1. Centennial Fishing Derby Awards Festival
  2. Centennial Memories
  3. Farm to Fork
  4. Centennial Veterans Cruise and Car Show

1. March 6  – Centennial Fishing Derby Awards Festival, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., March 6 at Port Charlotte Beach Park.

April 23 – Centennial Gala, 6-11 p.m., April 23 at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. This gala will include a cocktail hour, dinner, cash bar, dancing and live entertainment. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased at The Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center is located at 75 Taylor St. in Punta Gorda.

2. May 15  – Centennial Memories…This is OUR Charlotte, 11 a.m.-3p.m., May 15 at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center.

3. July 17 – Centennial Farm to Fork, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., July 17 at Centennial Park recreation center.

4. Nov. 13 – Centennial Veteran’s Cruise and Car Show, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 13 starting at Veteran’s Memorial located in G.C. Herring Park and ending at the Charlotte Sports Park. For information, contact Ashley Turner at

From PGPD Neighborhood Watch. How to prevent car burglaries.

From the Office of Congressman Greg Steube. 2021 Economic Impact Payments Now on the Way.

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

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

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

Chamber Calendar of Events Members ONLY

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

Networking Events for March & April 2021.


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

March 24: Networking Luncheon 12 Noon-1:30pm.

Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, 4400 Lister Street, Port Charlotte. Our speaker will be Joanna Pohopin from The Homeless Coalition. Reservations Required. Please be sure to RSVP to or call 941-639-3720. MENU: BBQ Chicken Quesadilla; CHYC Blackened Fish Sandwich; Apple Walnut Cranberry Salad. NOTE: Cancellations not accepted after 3pm on Friday before event. Cost is $20.00 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex. LAST OPPORTUNITY Please bring non-perishable foods for the Fresh Jersey Tomatoes Food Drive for Families in Need in Charlotte County.

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

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

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

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

Ribbon Cutting in March

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

All the Following Information is for Our Community.

Please Support Our Local Businesses!

Mission Statement

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

New Members

American Leak Detection

Kevin Wiesman

(941) 764-6100

23355 Janice Ave, Unit 3

Punta Gorda FL 33980

Plumbing Leak Detection

Sponsored by Hazel Klossner


Divine Global Recovery

Pete O’Shea

(844) 99-DIVINE

6925 Florida Street

Punta Gorda FL 33950

Non-Profit, Disaster Recovery

Sponsored by Hazel Klossner


Tender Touch Hair Removal

Brenda Hughes

(941) 916-5693

252 W. Marion Ave, Suite 1122

Punta Gorda FL 33950


Sponsored by Illusions Salon & Spa

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

Partners in Action News

Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum) –  Now taking Easter reservations in our Dockside Grille at only $24.95 per person. Please call 941-637-6770 for all the menu details and to secure a seat! Don’t forget we have All You Can Eat Haddock Fish Fry every Friday for only $12.95 and Prime Rib every Saturday for only $19.95 in the Dockside Grill. Lastly, please click to see when your favorite bands are playing this month!

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

TIME Realty Services, Inc (Gold) – February real estate stats were just released for Charlotte County: 560 residential sales up 18%, median price: $260K up 16%, 1.1 months of inventory, median days on market: 19, 46% used cash, 43% conventional loans, 1509 properties under contract(waiting to close) up 60%, 40% sold in 0-10 days on market- that’s 222 homes! Thinking of selling? Call TIME Realty Services 239-699-4493, let us put our 23 years experience to work for you.

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

Creative Window Treatments (Silver) –  is your local Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer. Our current Hunter Douglas Promotion Energy Smart Style Saving Event runs until 3/22/21. Insulating shades can increase your comfort & help lower your energy bill. Rebates start at $100 on qualifying purchases. FREE In-Home consultations! 941-637-0015 / 941-828-0000

Friendly Floors (Silver) – Marjorie Benson of Friendly Floors Receives Pandemic Hero Award from Charlotte Behavioral Health Care.

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

C.A.R.E. of Charlotte County (Bronze) – Come have some fun with C.A.R.E. Auxillary! Join us March 28 at 4pm at Ice House for a Dart Tournament.

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

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – Express Feedback for Good – The Final Results Late Nite Catechism returns with Denise Fennell in Sister’s Easter Catechism. Celebrate the Easter season with Sister as she answers time-worn questions like “Why isn’t Easter the same day every year?” and “Will my bunny go to heaven?” March 26th at 7:30pm. Located at The Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor Street in Punta Gorda. For tickets, call the Box Office at 941-255-1022 or online at

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze) – Dynamic Auction, now through March 23. Help set the stage for next year…

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

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

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

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

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

Military Heritage Museum (Support) – Upcoming March Events You Do Not Want to Miss!

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

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

Visual Arts Center (Support) – Call to Artists: ‘New Beginnings’ upcoming Juried Spring exhibit open to ALL with 1st Place Prize money at $1,000! Enter online at Peace River National Art Festival is March 20-21, 9a-4p in Laishley Park, $5/person. Join us for fun Wine & Painting Socials, $40/person, register at “The Student Show” and “Serenity” exhibits now on display. Located @ 210 Maud St, across from Fishermen’s Village. Gallery & Gift Store Hours: Mon & Fri: 10a-4p, Tue-Thu: 10a-7p, Sat: 10a-2p. Events, Classes, Memberships, Call to Artists at   Come to the Peace River National Art Festival March 20 & 21, 2021. Click Here for Details. Poster.

Member Information

Chelsea Place – TODAY Senior Resources Open House on March 19. Any questions, please call Amie Conti (941)787-0687

Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine – TODAY Our famous Easter Peanut Butter Eggs and Coconut Creme Eggs are back for a limited time only! Last call to reserve these delicious eggs is March 19th; give us a call at 941 505 0479.

Premier Auction Group – TODAY & TOMORROW Will be at the Charlotte Harbor Convention Center March 19 & 20.

TEAM Punta Gorda – TOMORROW Annual TEAM Golf Scramble on March 20.

Drug Free Punta Gorda – March 2021 Coalition Meeting – March 23 at 11.30am

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

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

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

Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity – Donate without Dollars.

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

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

Friendship Centers – Will you become a GEM today?

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

1st United Methodist Church – Today Matters Mental Health Ministries.

Rossman Realty Property Management – Investors wanted! Rossman Realty is interested in making deals. Offering top dollar referrals for investor accounts; interested in mergers and acquiring experience property managers; Rossman Realty Property Management manages annual, seasonal, and commercial accounts; Rossman Realty Property Management has multiple locations that are open 7 days a week and experienced in smooth management transitions. Email Corey Meldahl @ or call 239-333-7357.

Animal Medical Clinic of Punta Gorda – Lucky you, save 10%! Great savings on products for your dog.

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) – The Regional Economic Research Institute and the Lucas Institute for Real Estate Development & Finance at FGCU continue to conduct a new study on the preparedness of Southwest Florida business leaders to face downturns such as those presented by the Covid-19 crisis. I would like to ask your former and current members to take the survey and strongly encourage their participation. This is a straightforward survey that should take no longer than 10 to 15 minutes to complete and all individual responses will be kept confidential. SURVEY LINK <>

Thank you in advance for your collaboration with our study!

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

SAM’s Club – Membership Offer.

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

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

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

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

Pinch A Penny – Add Some Spring to Your Pool

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

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

Covenant Business Planning & Solutions – Hiring Employees. Who dreads job interviews the most? It’s not prospective candidates — it’s the owners. The hiring process can take several days of your time: reviewing resumes, sitting through interviews, sifting through so many unqualified candidates to find the diamonds in the rough. More information:

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

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

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

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


Farr Law Firm – Named to The Fund 2020 President’s Circle

Wharton-Smith Inc – Makes the ABC Top Performers list


ARCHway Institute – Regional Newsletter

Animal Welfare League – Pawsitive News

C.A.R.E. – Newsletter

Charlotte Arts – Newsletter

Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity – Newsletter

Charlotte Players – Jan-Feb Newsletter 2021

Copperfish Books – Newsletter

Hope4Communities – Newsletter

PGD Buzz – Newsletter

Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society – March Newsletter

Sandstar Remodeling – February Newsletter

TIME Realty – Newsletter

The Yoga Sanctuary – Newsletter

Community News

Better Together

We’re on a mission to keep families together with programs that help loving parents overcome a temporary crisis without losing their children. Since 2015, we have saved over 3,000 children from entering the foster care system through a network of churches and volunteer families in SWFL.
Tristan Starbird, Director of Development, (207) 680-0527
For more information on this organization and its work visit the website –

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

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

Job Opportunity

Friendly Floors

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


John Wright, President
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

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