Friday Facts for March 4th, 2022

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Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends, here are your Friday Facts from The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce.

Here is a copy of Chamber President, John Wright’s newspaper column from March 1.

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Help Wanted!

The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce is seeking someone to help with clerical and administration responsibilities on a part-time basis. If you are interested, please email John Wright at

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For Our Members

PG Chamber radio show: Exclusively for PG Chamber members: NOW BOOKING FOR APRIL 2022. Our monthly radio show on Seaview 104.9FM during the Bob Alexander Radio Show is on the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month. The process is 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 programming 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.

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For Our Community and All Of Our Members

Charlotte County invites the public to join Charlotte County staff and representatives from agencies and academic institutions for an overview of water quality research, monitoring and opportunities for action from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday, March 7 at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950.

Guest panelists will provide information on a variety of topics, including:

  • Identifying water quality drivers in Charlotte Harbor
  • Recent advances in harmful algal bloom detection, prediction and communication
  • County activities and partnerships to monitor, improve and protect water quality and natural habitats
  • Opportunities for citizen education and action

Attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions to panelists, which will be presented at the end of each session.

For information and to submit questions in advance of the summit, visit Charlotte County’s One Charlotte, One Water web page at:

Charlotte County Committee Vacancies

 CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2022) – The following MSBU/TU Advisory Boards are seeking volunteers who must be both a property owner within and reside within the unit. Submit applications to Public Works Department, 7000 Florida Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950; call 941.575.3600 or e-mail Click here for more information.

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office

Volunteer Fair – March 7 & 10, 10 am-3 pm at the Crime Prevention Office located at the Port Charlotte Town Center Mall. Come learn about all the ways to volunteer with the Sheriff’s Office!

Punta Gorda Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau

The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau is accepting nominations for the Annual Tourism Awards, presented in partnership with the Charlotte chapter of the FRLA. These awards recognize stand out employees from local Restaurants, Hotel/Motel/Resorts, Vacation Rentals and Attractions. The online nomination form can be accessed here. Nominations are due by April 11.

The awards presentation will take place at the Annual Tourism Celebration lunch on May 5.

6th Annual Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival

Saturday, March 12th – Sunday, March 13th 2022. 10am – 5pm
Free Admission
On Sullivan Street in Punta Gorda

Harboritaville Toes in the sand


Harboritaville, Toes In the Sand, a new family-friendly event on Saturday, April 2 on the Great Lawn at the T.T. Tiki Bar at Four Points By Sheraton from 12:30-6:30 pm.

Musical guests will include Michael Hayman’s Hibiscus Band, Tropical Avenue and John Patti Group.

The party on the lawn will benefit 10 of our local non-profits that will be promoting their causes, serving their own unique Margaritas and competing in a hula skirt dance-off competition.

The winning drink of the day will be based on voting by attendees purchasing the Margarita Row tickets/wristbands. The hotel/tiki will serve the winning margarita for one year and give the non-profit $1 for every time the drink is purchased. Watch for more details shortly!

We have sponsorship opportunities available! We’d like to thank Friendly Floors, Express Employment Professionals, Gettel of Charlotte County, TIME Realty Services, WhitCo Insurance and Parrot Magazine for their sponsorships.

Interested? Contact us at 941-639-3720 or

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Where’s John Now?

Take a Tour of a Local Business and Chamber Member with John. CLICK HERE to find out where he visited this week.

This video will be shared here in Friday Facts, on our Chamber website, and on our Chamber Social Media pages. If you would like to have a visit from John please contact Tara Zajas at or call the office (941) 639-3720 to schedule a date.

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Networking Events – March 2022

**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!

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March 9: Business Over Breakfast 7:15-8:30am. Wake up and smell the coffee with your Chamber at Beef O’Brady’s located at 1105 Taylor Rd., Punta Gorda and hosted by Epiphany Health. Please be sure to RSVP to or call 941.639.3720.

March 15: Business After Hours 5:30 pm Come and join your Chamber for our Business After Hours at The Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens located at 5827 Riverside Dr. in Punta Gorda. Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business! Please be sure to RSVP to or call 941.639.3720.

March 23: Networking Luncheon Noon-1:30 pm. Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Charlotte High School located at 1250 Cooper St. Punta Gorda. Please be sure to RSVP to or call 941.639.3720. NOTE: Cancellations not accepted after 3 pm on Friday before event. Cost is $20 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex.

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Online Reservations for Chamber Luncheons are available by clicking HERE

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All the Following Information is for Our Community.

Please Support Our Local Businesses!

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Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum) – The Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside is pleased to announce that we now have two charging stations for electric cars! We hope this will better serve all of our guest’s needs! Also, please click to see all of the March bands that are scheduled at T.T.’s Tiki Bar. We have several that will be taking our stage for the first time, so you won’t want to miss it! Don’t’ forget that we have an all you can eat Haddock Fish Fry every Friday and Prime Rib Saturdays at our Dockside Grill. The Tiki Bar….Always Sizzling!

ShorePoint Health (Gold) – Board-certified gastroenterologist Harsh Duphare, MD, has joined the ShorePoint Medical Group, bringing his extensive experience in gastroenterology and digestive health to ShorePoint Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda.

TIME Realty Services, Inc (Gold) – Hello March, spring is here, and we are all enjoying the weather! I have several new listings in the works, if you have something specific you are looking for let me know. Today I have a 4bd,2ba, 2,154 sq ft home in Deep Creek, .30/acre. Check out the listing here:

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) The Saturday Punta Gorda Farmers Market is open every Saturday, 8 am until 1 pm. February Newsletter!

Creative Window Treatments (Silver) – Your local Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer. We offer all types of custom window treatments for any business or commercial setting with two locations to serve you. Call for your FREE In-Home consultation! 941.637.0015 / 941.828.0000

WENG Radio (Silver In Kind) We want to help our fellow Chamber members by broadcasting information about their business to the public. Click here for a special chamber members only rate!

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – Curtain Up! March 11-27. Curtain Up is the hilarious story of five women who inherit equal shares in a dilapidated theatre and plan to bring it back to life. A fast paced and very funny comedy with five great roles for women. Located at The Langdon Playhouse, 1182 Market Circle in Port Charlotte. For more information go to or call 941.255.1022

Coastal Expressions & Wine (Bronze) – Every Friday night for WINE-O BINGO 6-8 pm $6 a card. Every Saturday night with Live Music. This Saturday, March 5, Paul Roush will play from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Join us for an instructor base wreath making class on March 8, 5:30-7:30. Theme is Easter. Call to reserve your space.

Every Wednesday is Wine Wednesday. Join us every Wednesday and enjoy $6 a glass on select pours. Food & Wine Pairing March 10 from 2-4 pm. Learn how to pair wine & food when you have company. Enjoy a flight & small bites. Call to reserve your spot. Every Thursday night is Trivia Night. Get your team (up to 6 people) for Trivia. Win wine & food prizes. Game starts at 6:30. Call to make your reservation 941.214.8599

Fawcett Hospital (Bronze) – We are thrilled to share that yesterday, all our hospitals, physician practices and freestanding emergency rooms across Florida adopted our new brand, HCA Florida Healthcare. With this change, Fawcett Memorial Hospital will officially become HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital.

Military Heritage Museum (Bronze In Kind) – Gulf Theater Happenings!

Animal Welfare League (Support) – Fairy Tail Endings March 19, 6-10 pm Cocktail and Dinner Event. Click here for more information.

C.A.R.E. (Support)Looking to have some fun while giving back to your favorite local charity? Join us on Sunday March 13 as C.A.R.E. Auxiliary hosts their annual Dart Tournament at the Ice House Pub. Registration is $25 per player, tournament begins at 4 pm. Sign-ups can be made by emailing or in person the day of event. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams.

Drug Free Punta Gorda (Support) – Tuesday March 8 Coalition Meeting 11:30 – 1:00

Frank Desguin Family (Support) – Copy of Frank’s Column in the newspaper. Did you know the Cleveland area, just north of Punta Gorda between Riverside Drive and U.S. Highway 17, was once an incorporated municipality?

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens (Support) – ZimSculpt, running now through April 18 in which curators from Zimbabwe brought in over 2,000 hand-carved stone sculptures.

We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from Charlotte County Schools wanting to bring 1,400 students to attend this exhibit and experience live demonstrations. This exhibit gives students a rare opportunity to observe the finest Zimbabwean sculptors demonstrating their artistry, while they observe and learn about this art and culture. We need your help to meet the requests from our schools. Please join us and other community organizations to help support these field trips. The cost per student is $7. Please click here for more information on how you can help!

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic (Support) – Registration is open for the 6th Annual Project Detect Feet Across Riverwood 5K Run/Walk on March 12. Enjoy the sunshine and the beautiful Riverwood Community while helping to raise funds for early-detection cancer screenings for needy adults in Charlotte County.

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United Way of Charlotte County – UWCC announces the opening of its 2022-2024 grant cycle, which includes funds provided by UWCC and funding administered on behalf of the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Punta Gorda. Funding will be allocated to non-profit partner agencies that administer programs addressing the root causes of poverty within the areas of education, financial stability, health and well being and basic needs. Click here for more information.

Valerie’s House – Valerie’s House is participating in “Pizza for a Cause” on Tuesday, April 12 (11 am-10 pm) at Bocca Lupo. Valerie’s House will receive a portion of the proceeds at all 3 locations (dine-in or take-out). Port Charlotte: 1900 Tamiami Trail, 33948 North Port: 4301 Aidan Lane, 34297 West Villages (Venice): 12105 Mercado Drive, 34293

Punta Gorda Rotary Club – The 14th annual Taste of Punta Gorda. Sunday, March 6 – 11 am to 5 pm at Laishley Park. Tastes of delicious food from Charlotte County’s best restaurants all in one place! Beer & Wine, Arts, Crafts, a Kid’s Zone and music with the BoogieMen. Tickets $5 – VIP $30 – kids 12 and under free. Tickets can be purchased here.

Punta Gorda Symphony – Brass on the Lawn – Sunday, March 27, 4 pm. $15 Youth/Student. $30 Adult. FSW State College Charlotte Campus, Lawn, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda. Harborside Brass is now Brass on the Lawn! Initially scheduled for Laishley Park, Punta Gorda Symphony’s outdoor chamber concert featuring the Brass Quintet on March 27 will now take place on the Lawn at Florida SouthWestern State College Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Rd.

Jougies Event Planning & Officiate Services: We will ensure that your wedding officially fulfills the legal requirements set forth by the marriage laws within the state of Florida. This includes ensuring the couple has completed the state required four hours marriage preparation courses; confirmation of a valid marriage license; marriage license execution and filing with the County Clerk; as well as post wedding follow up. Click here for more information.

F45 Training Port Charlotte WestF45 Track events are starting on the 23rd of this month. The outside class will be held two times a week: on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm and on Saturdays at 8:30 am, until we open by the end of May/June time frame. We will have a live DJ and everyone has the ability to try one class at no cost.

GMan Home Watch GMan Home Watch of Punta Gorda has earned accreditation from the National Home Watch Association for the fifth year. The NHWA was formed in 2009 in order to establish and maintain the highest industry standards for Home Watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Canada

Suncoast Humane Society – This year we will break ground on our new state-of-the-art facility that is the FUTURE of animal welfare. To find out more click here.

Charlotte County Habitat For Humanity – The next $10,000 that is donated to Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity through April 2 Annual Home Build Campaign will be matched up to $10,000! Click here to find out more or to find out how your donation can be matched!

Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine – Our Spring Haley Handcrafted Molded Chocolates have made its way to the marbles. Pre-orders started March 1 for our HHC Solid Easter Bunnies (Milk, White or Dark Chocolate), our HHC Coconut Cream Eggs (Milk or Dark) and our Peanut Butter Cream Eggs (Milk or Dark). These are only available for Pre-order so make sure to order yours today so all those amazing people in your life get the Bunnies and Eggs they all love.

Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea – March is here … we can’t believe it either … BUT we have a NEW never before seen Frappe of the Month! Introducing out Nutty Irishman Frappe!! This Espresso Blended Nutty Amaretto Frappe will leave you with hints of Cherry and Almond, perfect and refreshing. This can also be added to one of our Lattes, Cappuccinos, Cold Brew, Non-Espresso Frappe, and more. Come down and try this today. Keep an eye out for our Specials for St. Patrick’s Day!!

Vision Quest Leadership LLC – Nonprofit Leaders Collaborative Meeting, Tuesday, March 8 from 4-5:30 pm. Nonprofit leaders gather to collaborate and learn about Operational Fortitude, the last topic in our 6-month series. Our March meeting is hosted by chamber member, Rae Ann Antonucci, President of the GulfShore Medical Services Foundation. The meeting will be at Restoration Bar, 122 Nesbit St. #112, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 near the corner of Marion/Nesbit. Please register here for ONE attendee ($20): or TWO attendees ($35): Questions? Contact Joanne Cumiskey at 517.304.7676 or

Unwined Wine and Beer Bar Happy Hour! Tuesday – Saturday 3- 6pm House Wine $5 Craft Beer $3.50. 525 E Olympia Ave. Suite 3 Punta Gorda.

Gregg’s Automotive Maintenance & Repair Center – Now through March 31 is our annual Brakes for Kids Charity event. That means you get FREE brake pads with a brake repair. Even better, 10% of the total repair costs will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Click here for more details.

Charlotte County Republican Club – 2022 Lincoln Day dinner and fundraiser at the Kings Gate Golf Club in Port Charlotte, Saturday April 2. Click here for sponsorship opportunities and other information.

Burnt Store Presbyterian Church – Concert series finale on March 14 will put the spotlight on the Everly Set. The performance will start at 7:15 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. No reserved seating. Special entry for guests with wheelchairs or walkers is available by informing the parking attendant upon arrival. Tickets are $25. Seating is limited. Credit card processing fee of 3% will be applied. Tickets are available at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church or e-mail to The church is located at 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda.

Archway Institute – Annual Golf Scramble & Tennis Event on March 25 & 26.

Team Punta Gorda – 2022 Charlotte County Water Quality Summit March 7, 9 am-12 pm Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. For further information and to submit questions in advance, visit

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Edison and Ford Winter Estates – Offering several summer camps for students in grades K-5. Campers are separated according to grade level (K-2 and 3-5). The camps are fun, educational and unlike other local opportunities. Campers can invent, design, build and learn in the same location where famous inventors Thomas Edison and Henry Ford invented some of the world’s best-known innovations. Summer camp starts on June 6 and runs from 9 am to 4 pm daily.

Punta Gorda Historical Society – Will be hosting a variety of musicians in the Park on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month through May 2022 from 4-6 pm. Bring your own chair and beverage of choice, peruse the Food Trucks for your dining pleasure.

Fishermen’s VillageMarch calendar of events. Fishermen’s Village invites everyone to their annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! Thursday, March 17, beginning at noon. Enjoy authentic Irish music and dance, bag pipers, shopping, dining and a gorgeous sunset! Fishermen’s Village is delighted to announce our newest addition! Come enjoy the fabulous Sunset Beach Club Tiki Bar, where the boardwalk ends and the sunsets begin. Savor our tropical cocktails and delectable eats, be entertained with live music and bask in the beautiful views of Charlotte Harbor. Located on the dry beach of Fishermen’s Village, we’re dedicated to making sure your time with us is unlike anything else you’ve experienced. Open daily at noon.

Peace River Shopper Latest Edition.

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Ukrainian Embroidery Exhibit at Mid-County Regional Library

Ukrainian Embroidery: An Ancient and Traditional Art Form, will be featured through March 31 at the Mid-County Regional Library. Sponsored by the Ukrainian-American Club of Southwest Florida, the display includes vyshyvka (embroidery), ceramics, wooden eggs and more. An informational pamphlet and display cards highlight the historical and regional significance of the patterns and pieces. The exhibit may be viewed Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952. For information, contact Tracy Herman at 941.613.3188 or

Hashimoto’s Support Group

This Hashimoto’s Support Group has the goal to support attendees to regain and maintain their health related to having Hashimoto’s Disease. The monthly meetings will be held in Punta Gorda, at Beef O’Brady’s, 1105 Taylor Rd. at 11AM on the third Wednesday of each month.  Contact Debbie at or call at 941-787-4234  

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