Friday Facts for March 3, 2023


Here Are Your Friday Facts From The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

Chamber President John Wright’s newspaper column from February 28.

For Our Members Only

PG Chamber Radio Show: Exclusively For PG Chamber Members.


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 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.

Members Only Chamber Events

Networking Events

**Please remember to RSVP directly to events by emailing, 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!

Wednesday, March 8: Business Over Breakfast, 7:15-8:30 am – Laishley Crab House sponsored by HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital. Please RSVP.

Tuesday, March 21: Business After Hours, 5:30-7 pm – Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens. Please RSVP.

Wednesday, March 22: Networking Lunch, Noon-1:30 pm – Charlotte High School. $20. RSVP by emailing, calling 941.639.3720 or pay online. LIMITED TO 50 PEOPLE

All the Following Information is for Our Community.

Please Support Our Local Businesses!

Whitney Grace: A Letter to Broadway Encore

Join us for a delightful Italian buffet dinner followed by the talented Whitney Grace’s one-woman show!

Wednesday, April 5, 7-9 PM

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

$50 per person for dinner and show

A Love Letter to Broadway Encore is a one-hour one-woman follow-up to her November 2022 extravaganza. She jumps from show to show featuring high-energy classics through dance, song and story.

For tickets go to

For more information, call 941.639.3720

Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival

March 11-12

Sat./Sun. 10am-5pm

Outdoors on Sullivan Street in Punta Gorda


Partners in Action News

Four Points By Sheraton (Platinum) – T.T.’s Tiki Bar is exactly what you need. Come and enjoy a great meal while having a drink in your hand and toes in the sand. We have two great bands this weekend! Tonight, we have Sunset Strip starting at 7 pm. On Saturday, we have Pure Country taking the stage at 7 pm. Please click here to see when all of your favorite bands are performing this month. The Easter season has begun, so don’t forget about our all you can eat fish fry every Friday for $12.95! Our new Tiki hut, called 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. 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 Prime Rib every Saturday
  4. The Dockside Grill features a different nightly special.

TIME Realty (Gold) – Happy Friyay! Enjoy your weekend! The 7-day rolling stat for PG, PC and NP shows 220 new listings, 187 new contracts, 153 new closings, 192 new price decreases. Watch numbers and know the market, when you are ready to sell – call me! Della Booth, Broker

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) Open 8 am to 1 pm Saturdays.

The Nix Team (Gold) – The market is doing what? Many Americans worry about the housing market, but these stats show Florida is doing just fine

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.

Coastal Expressions Wine Bar (Silver) – Located in the Isles at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd in the Plaza at Suite #1135. We offer a unique fun experience including delicious food, wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks, retail wine by the bottle or a unique boutique gift … plus family activities day or night. Tuesday 10 am – Saturday 9 pm we offer wine tastings, wine flights, wine and food pairings. We serve breakfast flatbreads and mimosas, flatbread lunch specials with a complimentary glass of wine, beer or drink of your choice, a full dinner menu including dessert, our “anytime” date night dinner special for two with a bottle of red or white, our signature “Charcuterie Boards” with flavors of gourmet meats and cheeses from around the globe, and so more … Visit to view menu and events calendar. 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) – Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Friday, March 17, noon until 9 pm. February calendar of events and Sunset Beach Club February events. March calendar of events and Sunset Beach Club March events.

Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea (Silver) – Have you tasted our Nutty Amaretto Molded Chocolate ? This month we have brought that amazing flavor of almond, cherry and chocolate to our HHC Frappe of the month. Come down and try our Nutty Irishwoman, limited until the end of the month!

Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine (Silver) – Have you  had a chance to see our NEW Spring Molded Chocolates? Have you pre-ordered your Peanut Butter Cream Eggs or your Coconut Cream Eggs yet? Have you pre-ordered your Solid Chocolate Bunnies? So much to do! Let us make is easy. Give us a call at 941.505.0479 to order yours now … before it’s too late!

Military Heritage Museum (Silver in Kind) – March Gulf Theater Happenings.

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

Animal Welfare League (Bronze) – Are you looking for a fun way to support a great cause? Look no further than the AWL’s 60th anniversary “Diamonds are Forever” Gala on November 4! This event promises to be a night to remember, with delicious food, great music and amazing company, all in support of animals in need. Individual tickets are available now for just $135 or you can purchase a table of 10 for a discounted rate of $1,250 if you enter TABLE at check out. You can visit to purchase. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, please reach out to the shelter for more information, or email We hope to see you there as we celebrate 60 years of helping animals in our community!

Centennial Bank (Bronze) – GreenPath – Managing The Ups and Downs of Homebuying & Owning Webinar: Wednesday, March 8, 3-3:45 pm. What You Will Learn:

How to prepare to purchase a home when interest rates are on the rise

How to create an emergency budget and housing emergency fund

How to find resources to reach your housing goals

Charlotte Players (Bronze) Murder on the Orient Express, March 16-April 2. Agatha Christie’s most popular play begins just after midnight when a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by morning it is one passenger fewer. Come see what happens next! 1182 Market Circle in Port Charlotte. For tickets go to or call 941.255.1022.

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze) Save on touring community concerts and Bel Canto to Bernstein Concert. Save 20% on Standard Tickets only TODAY through March 5 with code: SPRING. Join the GO Divas at the Emerald Isle with “Songs of Ireland” Touring March 8-15.

PicklePlex® of Punta Gorda (Bronze) – Our Monday Night Guided Practice has become so popular that reservations are now necessary. You need to sign up by 9 am Mondays. The first 26 registered may attend. Download the Team Reach app to your phone; enter Group Code: 22mongp; select the calendar to choose date(s); select Yes if coming or No if not. Brand new players, please email for special instructions – limited to 12 players (2 courts).

C.A.R.E. of Charlotte County (Support) – Happy International Woman Day, March 8. This day and every day, honor all of the smart, hardworking, kind, compassionate women in your life. You might even consider making a donation to or volunteering for a charity that helps women, such as C.A.R.E. Any gender needing help, 941.627.6000

Dart Tournament – This Sunday. Auxiliary Fundraiser

Sexual Assault Awareness Walk – Saturday, April 15.

Frank Desquin (Support) – The Daily Sun traces its roots back to 1893. Click here to learn more.

Gator Wilderness Camp School (Support) – Banquet Fundraiser, Thursday, March 9, Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve St., Punta Gorda. Sponsor table of 8, $400. $80 individual ticket. Contact Melissa Bergey to reserve tickets or table. 941.639.7722 or email

Illusions salon & spa (Support) – Check out our specials on facials, lashes, nail art jewelry and more as well as our March Madness pot of gold special surprise. Click here to find out more!

Homeless Coalition (Support) – Is proud to announce that we have received grants from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, The Mosaic Company and Publix Super Markets Charities for the purchase and installation of a new walk-in refrigerator/freezer, crucial to our Hunger Prevention Program.

Illusions salon & spa (Support) – Check out our specials on facials, lashes, nail art jewelry and more as well as our March Madness pot of gold special surprise. Click here to find out more!

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens (Support) –  Now-May 14: Caribbean Colors Exhibit featuring Leoma Lovegrove. Leoma will be hosting meet and greets so be sure to check events calendar on our website. 5827 Riverside Drive, Punta Gorda. Tomorrow: Art Class – Come paint Leoma Lovegroveinspired artwork with Vino’s Picasso artists outside in the Gardens. Class fee includes Garden access and “Caribbean Colors” exhibit. 11 am-1 pm, $69/member, $89/non-member.

Tail Waggin’ Tuesdays: Bring your furry friends every Tuesday to enjoy The Gardens with your special 4- legged friend. For each pet, there is a $5 admission fee and that goes to AWL. Pay admission at ticket booth. For more information visit website or call 941.621.8299

Valerie’s House – Charlotte County (Support) – A non-profit organization that helps grieving children and families who have lost a loved one to go on to live fulfilling lives. Our vision is that no child grieves alone. Would you like to be a Valerie’s House Volunteer Facilitator? Our next training will be in Port Charlotte on April 15-16. Please complete the volunteer application link to join us: Volunteer in SWFL — Valerie’s House (

We will also be having our Charity Quarter Frenzy Fundraising Event on Thursday, March 9, 6 pm, 24 Twentyone Event Center, 2421 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte.

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic (Support) – Raffle tickets available for a fabulous Caribbean vacation for two. Winning ticket will be drawn September 30. All proceeds aid our ability to fulfill our mission to provide quality medical and pharmaceutical care for the uninsured residents of Charlotte County.

Visual Arts Center (Support) – The VAC is busy with our big fundraiser “The Battle of the Brushes” where we pair up six local celebrities with six VAC artist coaches. The celebrities are painting their masterpieces with direction from their coaches and they will be auctioned at the “Grand Finale Reveal Gala” on March 24. Everyone Invited! $75 includes a catered dinner, silent auction and much more! Tickets available on or call the front desk. March 18-19, Peace River National Art Festival in Laishley Park, Punta Gorda, 9 am-4 pm The VAC has some lockers for sale! Lockers are 4 lockers high and come in a single or three locker wide sections. They are white wood panel decor with black accents and silver number plates. Send inquiries to Lisa Gallucci, Executive Director at 941.639.8810 ext. 3-6

Member Information

Rotary Club of Punta Gorda – The Punta Gorda Rotary Club Foundation is pleased to present the 15th annual Taste of Punta Gorda at Laishley Park from 11 am to 5 pm, Sunday, March 5.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida – More than 500 local businesses have emerged from the Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute. This six-week small business development program helps low-to-moderate income emerging entrepreneurs start new ventures and grow small businesses. Individuals who are thinking about starting their own business, but need some mentoring are invited to apply for the Port Charlotte class, April 3-May 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and Thursday evenings at the Charlotte County Goodwill Community Resource Center, 24123 Peachland Blvd., Port Charlotte. Attendance is limited, so sign up now.

TEAM Punta Gorda – 2023 Climate Summit March 15-16. Saturday, March 25: Pedal and Play in Paradise. A Cycling Celebration in Punta Gorda.

Peace River Wildlife Center – PRWC is grateful for receiving a grant from the Charlotte Community Foundation. The funds will support replacing the fencing at our hospital location swept away by Ian. It is vital to provide a safe environment for injured wildlife to recover. Thank you, Valeria and the Punta Gorda Chamber, for your passion project, “Cans for Good.” We invite you to join us in welcoming our new Executive Director, Tricia LaPointe. Come and say hello at our March 10 Sunset Celebration.

Punta Gorda Boat ClubBoating in Paradise Mural Dedication, March 23, 5 pm, 802 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Meet the artist, Keith Goodson, at 4:30 pm.

Sandstar Remodeling/AR Homes – Visit our gorgeous Regatta model during the 2023 SWFL Parade of Homes! Saturday, March 4-Sunday, March 12, 605 W Henry St. in Punta Gorda.

Sea Grape Gallery – Will be celebrating their grand re-opening on March 9, 10 and 11 each day from 10 am – 5 pm. 113 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Ribbon cutting March 9, 10 am.

ARCHway Institute – 7th Annual College Hoops Insanity Is Back! Purchase your 2023 NCAA basketball bracket today and help fund recovery! Brackets are $10 each (5 per person). Erin Fogarty joins ARCHway Institute as the Developmental Coordinator and will be coordinating the organization’s fundraising efforts.

9th Annual Golf Scramble & Tennis Mixer, March 24 and 25 at Twin Isles Country Club in Punta Gorda.

Punta Gorda Historic Murals Society – Walking tours of the murals will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, now through March 30. Tours limited to 12. Click here for information.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates – On March 31, Edison and Ford Winter Estates will host the acoustic ensemble, Appalachian Road Show, for the final Rhythm on the River concert of the season. The group performs bluegrass and folk music, as well as original songs. The event will take place on the Ford lawn, along the Caloosahatchee River. Gates open at 6 pm and the concert starts at 6:30 pm.

Leak Busters Roofing – Free wind mitigation inspection with every complete roof. Do you need help getting the money you deserve from your insurance company? We offer in-house supplementing! Leak Busters Roofing is a trusted provider of residential and commercial roof repairs and replacements. For a free Roof Repair or Replace Estimate, please call our Port Charlotte Showroom, 239.291.9260, or stop by Monday-Friday, 8 am-4 pm, 18501 Murdock Circle, Suite 100, Port Charlotte.

Big Shot Marketing & Design – 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. We are committed to providing tangible results for our clients. That means generating leads, increasing online purchases or reaching any digital marketing goal. In this week’s featured blog, we discuss the do’s and don’ts of answering the phone for your business. Here is the link to the newsletter:

YMCA of Southwest Florida – The Fort Myers YMCA is bringing our community together for a good cause at its Inaugural River Nights Charity Event on March 31. The event will take place at the beautiful Burroughs Home and Gardens in Fort Myers.

As our guest, you’ll enjoy a memorable evening with food and drinks in good company with the opportunity to bid on and win fabulous auction items.

Copperfish Books – If you’ve ever wanted to own a bookstore, don’t miss this opportunity to acquire Copperfish Books – a fullservice, thriving business located in downtown Punta Gorda! Current owners Cathy Graham and Serena Wyckoff are seeking new owners to continue this independent bookstore.

Severy Creek Roofing – Good news! We have concrete and steel coated tile in stock and can deliver and install in less than 9 weeks. Mid Florida licensed contractor.

Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit Inc. – The sounds of smooth jazz will again be echoing across Charlotte County at the third annual Jazz on the Harbor, a music and culinary event that benefits the Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit. March 30 at Isles Yacht Club. #connect 􀀀􀀀􀀀 #fortheloveofprinting

Burnt Store Presbyterian ChurchLenten Reflections with Pastor Jaco. Each Wednesday in March, Pastor Jaco will offer thoughts on The Disciplines of Lent, sharing his beliefs about the different spiritual disciplines that are needed during this special time in the church.

Loveland Center – 3rd Annual Ability 5K Run/1K Walk, March 26, 7:30 am, Laishley Park, Punta Gorda

Boca Beacon – 41st Annual Rotary Fine Arts Festival, March 25- 26, 10 am to 4 pm on W. Dearborn St., Englewood.

Players Circle Theater – Located at The Shell Factory in North Fort Myers, just 5 miles from Charlotte County line. For tickets and showtimes, call 239.800.3292 or go online at

Heroes Unmasked – A non-profit organization based in Southwest Florida to benefit children with illnesses. Get involved through hospital and residential visits dressed as superheroes and philanthropy partnerships. For more information, call 941.421.6556 or visit

Boys and Girls Clubs of Charlotte County – Farm 2 Table, March 11, 5:30-9:30 pm, Laishley Park. Gourmet dinner, live entertainment, silent auction, cash bar. $125 per person. Click here for information and tickets.

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

All Dry Services of Florida Gulf Coast – Locally owned, our services include water and flood damage, mold remediation, sanitizing and deodorizing, leak detection and air fogging services. Call 703.307.7379

ERTC Refund – 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: All I need is your name, phone number, and email address, plus the legal name of your business to see if your business qualifies.

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. We offer discounts for veterans and active duty military! Call 941.655.8888 to schedule.

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 process over the phone and offer 15% off mold testing and remediation products when you mention the PG Chamber. Call 239.206.2854 or visit

Quick Mobile Repair – Offering a quick turnaround time for repairing cell phones, tablets, laptops, gaming consoles, etc. Located in the Cross Trails Center, 615 Cross St. #1104. For information, 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.

Copy Life – We have copy machines and printers. Email or call 404.230.8443.

Peace River ShopperLatest Edition. Arcadia Community Local.

Ribbon Cuttings

Tomorrow: Charlotte County Historical Society, 311 E. Charlotte Ave. Local Black History Mural Dedication. 10 am-Noon

February 28: Essential Constructs, Chamber office. 5:30 pm

Community News

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County Clerk’s 2022 Year In Review

Clerk’s Office Provides Enhanced Services For Lower Cost

2023 CHS Project Graduation

Charlotte High parents and Peace River Rotary are sponsoring our 24th Annual CHS Project Graduation. This event is an all night alcohol-free, drug-free and tobacco-free celebration. It is free of charge to all 2023 graduating seniors on Tuesday, May 16. We are asking for your help, along with other members of our community, to ensure the continuation and success of this memorable event. Check here for sponsorship opportunities.

FEMA Hurricane Ian Update

Fact Sheet

Developing FEMA Group Sites

What Is a FEMA Group Site?

Updated Contact For Keeping In Touch With FEMA

Families Moving Into Temporary Housing

Employment Opportunities

D.I.S. Tech Services Inc.

IT Support Technician (Part-time)

Employee that can come to the Peace River Sculpture and Botanical Gardens for a few hours a week to tend to issues that arise. Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 am to noon. This schedule can be flexible. The candidate needs to have about a year of IT experience and can be very green. The starting wage is $15/hour. Has the potential to become a full-time position. If interested, contact Joshua Montgomery at 217.492.8042 or email

United Way of Charlotte County

Resource Development Director

Please share with your connections. We work with a great team, and serve an incredible community. All we need is someone to help us obtain the resources to continue making an impact! Click here for more information:…/now-hiring-resource

The Yoga Sanctuary

Massage Therapists

While we have grown quite a bit just recently, our hope is to continue to expand our massage and wellness offerings. We are still on the search for experienced massage therapists who are looking for a long-term role in a stable and positive environment. Do you know someone? Send them our way! Click HERE.

Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association

Event Technician (Part-time)

Facility and Maintenance Coordinator (Full-time)

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/hour.

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/hour. Includes paid vacations and holidays.

Send resume to

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. The position will include week days and/or evenings plus Saturdays. Occasional special events. Approx. 12-20 hours/week. $12/hour plus tips. Please send resume to or call 941.214.8599.


ARCHway Institute – December Newsletter

Animal Welfare League –January Pawsitive Press

C.A.R.E. – December Newsletter

Charlotte Community Foundation – January Newsletter

Copperfish Books – January Newsletter

Downtown Farmers Market – January Newsletter

Grill at 1951 – November Newsletter

Gulfshore Opera – January Newsletter

Loveland Center – December Newsletter

Military Heritage Museum – January Newsletter

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens – January Gardens at a Glance

Punta Gorda Airport – PDG Buzz

Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau – Newsletter

Punta Gorda Historical Society – January Newsletter

Punta Gorda Mural SocietyJanuary Newsletter

Punta Gorda Symphony – Newsletter

SandStar Remodeling/AR HomesDecember Newsletter

SCORE – December Newsletter

Suncoast Humane Society – Humane Connection Newsletter

TEAM Punta Gorda – November Newsletter

TIME Realty Services Inc. – November Newsletter

The Yoga Sanctuary – January Newsletter

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