Friday Facts for November 4, 2022

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

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Chamber President John Wright’s newspaper column from November 1.

Thank You!

The Board and Staff of the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the City of Punta Gorda and Charlotte County employees and officials, our local Police and Fire Departments as well as our dedicated First Responders who immediately began to assess and implement strategies to return our beloved community back to normal as quickly as possible after Hurricane Ian.

Your efforts have been – and continue to be – greatly appreciated by our residents, business owners and visitors.


Latest News From SBA and FEMA

More than half a billion dollars in SBA disaster loans approved for Florida businesses and residents affected by Hurricane Ian. Assistance is available. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 28, 2022. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 29, 2023. Types of loans available, terms and interest rates, click here. FEMA Group Flood Insurance Policy. FEMA update.

Port Charlotte Business Recover Center is Open!

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) have opened a business recovery center to assist with the following programs:

  • SBA Physical Disaster Loan
  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
  • Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan

Location: Promenades Mall, 3280 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte FL  33952

Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs, 9am – 4pm

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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 very popular show. You can either record two slots or record one to air twice during the show. Bob will let you know when it will air. The cost is $110 (payable to the PG Chamber, not iHeart). To register for the show, email John Wright.

Only 10 businesses per month. It’s a great way to promote your business, advertise an event or simply to show your community support.

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

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

$45 per person for dinner and show

About the show

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

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2023 Chamber Members & Visitors Guide


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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!

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

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

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

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All the Following Information is for Our Community.

Please Support Our Local Businesses!

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FourPoints by Sheraton (Platinum) – We are kicking off November in style at the Tiki Bar! We have the Winter Brothers Band playing tonight and VIP tickets are now on sale. Tomorrow, we have Totally B taking the stage at 7 pm. Please click to find out when all your favorites will be playing in November! The following are our daily 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.

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) Open 8 am to 1 pm Saturdays Fresh produce, seafood, olives, pickles, guacamole, bakeries and more! We added 15 more vendors in the breezeway of the parking garage.

TIME Realty Services, Inc. (Gold) – Happy Friday! The 7-day rolling stat for PG, PC and NP shows 144 new listings, 105 new contracts, 104 closings, 117 price decreases, 53 cancelations. No doubt about it, the market is moving. Almost all of our listings were destroyed or damaged, so we need new listings. If you are considering selling, I would love to speak with you. Put my 25 years of local experience to work for you! Della Booth cell 239.699.4493.

CAM Realty (Silver) – Virtual office available in Downtown Punta Gorda, $99/+tax per month.

Provides your company the image of an office without the cost of dedicated office space. Contact CAM Realty: 941.833.0083.

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. 

The Nix Team (Silver) – Market stats for Southwest Florida and news that impacts you.

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

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

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – “Blithe Spirit:” Now-Sunday, Nov. 13. “Dean Martin & Friends – Tribute” show by Tom Stevens, Nov. 17-18. Tom Stevens is heralded by his growing legion of fans as the best singer-impressionist performing today. Located at 1182 Market Circle in Port Charlotte. For tickets go to or call 941.255.1022.

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze) The popular women’s vocal ensemble, the GO Divas, kick-off their fall concerts at the courtyard of Carmelo’s Italian Ristorante on Sunday, Nov. 6. Click here for ticket information. Season calendar click here. Fun fall concerts near you in November.

Military Heritage Museum (Bronze)All Gulf Theater shows are confirmed as originally scheduled. For the season schedule, click here.

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

Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County (Support) – Please come out on Saturday Nov. 12, from 11-3 for the 2022 PetOberfest. For more information, visit

C.A.R.E. (Support) – Did you know that acquaintance rape is the most common form of sexual assault? The least common is stranger rape. If you know someone who has experienced this trauma, have them contact a trained, confidential advocate at The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies of Charlotte County (C.A.R.E).

Drug Free Punta Gorda (Support) – It’s Time To Gather Again: Thursday, Nov. 17, DFPG Coalition Meeting, 11:30 am-1 pm. Click here for more details.

Frank Desquin (Support) – Did you know one of the area’s early residents was a farmer, circuit riding preacher, store owner, homesteader, postmaster, real estate salesman and newspaper columnist? Click here for the story.

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

Marco Office Supply (Support) – If your building. storefront, office space received damaged and contents literally destroyed, we have gently used furniture to replace what was lost. In addition, we have an economic line called “Offices to Go,” with very affordable furniture. If you have purchased furniture from us in the past and need invoices for your insurance company, we are happy to pull those up. 239.775.7513.

Peace River Botanical and Sculptural Gardens (Support) – For the month of November, we are going to offer no admission, donation only, in hopes we can all rebuild together! Open 9 am-4 pm, Tuesday-Sunday.

Is your business looking for a place to host your holiday party? Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens is the perfect backdrop! Please reach out to Tanna Horner for information. 

Plant Sale, November 12, 10 am to 2 pm. Free admission to plant sale. Gardens at a Glance

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CDBIA – We are so blessed that the Florida Home Builders Association contacted us after Wednesday’s storm. They are delivering 100 tarps to the CDBIA office today thanks to generous donations from our FHBA family. If you, your employees or clients need more tarps, please let Donna Barrett know and she can meet you this weekend at the CDBIA office at 17984 Toledo Blade Blvd. Port Charlotte, 33948.

Gator Wilderness Camp School – The annual fundraiser, Turkey in the Hole. will be Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9:30 am to 4 pm at 44930 Farabee Rd. in Punta Gorda. The day includes camp tours, full turkey dinner, bacon on a stick, Peachey’s Amish donuts, children’s games, live auction and more. For information, call 941.639.7722.

Carmelo’s – Latin Night is Back! Saturday, Nov. 12, 6-10 pm. $60 plus tax (includes gratuity). Tickets can be purchased through RESY starting today.

Coastal Expressions Wine Bar – 2nd Birthday Open House, tomorrow noon-9 pm. Please join us for complimentary wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres.

Fishermen’s Village Lighting of the Village, Saturday, Nov. 12 featuring The Shane Duncan Band performing live at the Sunset Beach Tiki Bar 5-10 pm. New location: The Beach at Sunset Beach Club. November calendar of events. Sunset Beach Club events.

Fishermen’s Village is holding community engagement meeting for new planned development. Click here for dates and times.

Iguanaland – Blood Drive, Saturday, November 19, 2-5 pm. Donors will receive a $20 eGift Card, OneBlood Plush Blanket, Chick-fil-A Coupon and Wellness Checkup.

Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University – “Financial Must-Haves For Business Owners Post Hurricane Ian” webinars. Click here for dates, times and details.

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

Sandstar Remodeling/AR Homes – We are open at our office and Design Studio at 1203 West Marion Ave. in Punta Gorda. Our model home, the Regatta, at 605 West Henry St. in Punta Gorda, is also open with regular hours. Click here for our latest newsletter with Thanksgiving decorating tips.

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 or or call 507.382.7232

Pedelec – If you are in need of a 2,500 square foot office and storage area, Phil has a space for lease at 205 Elizabeth Street. Call the landlord/building manager at 239.224.2636 if you are interested in taking over this space.

The Wyvern Hotel – Taking reservations for Thanksgiving dinner and also booking holiday parties. Call 941.639.7700 for more information or email

Keller Law Office – Temporarily relocated to the Wilshire Walk Plaza, located at 425 Cross St., Suite 213. We are continuing to provide compassionate advocacy in our areas of practice of Elder Law and Civil Litigation for our individual and business clients as well as the elders in our community. 

Punta Gorda Symphony – We are preparing for the start of another exciting season of Mainstage Concerts featuring Brahms Symphony No. 1 on Nov. 20 at 7:30 pm at Charlotte Performing Arts Center. We are partnering with The Homeless Coalition for the evening’s concert and will be accepting

Our Jazz on the Lawn 3-Concert Series kicks off on Dec. 3 at 4 pm with Patricia Dean & Friends at Florida Southwestern State College, Charlotte Campus. Mainstage Concert and Jazz on the Lawn Season Subscriptions are still available – Subscribe now and save 10%. Individual and Group tickets are available. Visit us at for more information and to purchase tickets. Or call us at 941.205.5996.

Homeless Coalition – Mistletoe Ball is Dec. 10 and tickets and sponsorships are on sale. Contact Jenifer Welch for information.  

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

Pomegranate & Fig Gift Boutique To spread a little early holiday cheer we are having a Holiday Preview SALE until tomorrow. 25% off Select Frasier, Pumpkin Dulce, Holiday Napkin Sets, Holiday towels, Serving dishes.

Bella Napoli Pizzeria & Restaurant – Reviews from Tripadvisor travelers place us in the top 10% worldwide in 2022! It’s been a incredible year and we look forward to having an even busier year ahead. 1938 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte.

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

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

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

Players Circle Theater – “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s” is running now through Nov. 20. A Broadway comedy about three murder plots that go wrong starring NYC comic RC Smith and Angela Watson who spent 6 seasons on TV’s “Step By Step.” Players Circle Performing Arts Center is housed at the Shell Factory in North Fort Myers, just 5 miles from Charlotte County line. Tickets $25-$50.

In appreciation Players Circle Theater would like to extend a complimentary ticket to Hurricane Ian First Responders including Police, Fire Department and Linemen for through Nov. 6. We all could use laughter in our lives during this trying time and a comedy like “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s” is sure to deliver. To reserve tickets, call the box office at 239.800.3292. Please say “Punta Gorda First Responder” when reserving and bring your identification at the door. Visit us online at 

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

Connect Print & Promotions, LLC. – This November, we are so very THANKFUL 🦃 for you, Punta Gorda!

commercial printing
logo/graphic design
next-level promotional swag
branded apparel
signs & graphics
888.978.3437  (includes Holiday cards)

… it’s ALWAYS about the 👊🏻 people! 

#connect 💚🖨💚 #fortheloveofprinting

Punta Gorda Historical Society – The Sunday Market at History Park is re-opening on Nov. 6. Our season opening of Music in the Park will begin Wednesday, Nov. 9 with Dave Hevron & Friends.

St. Vincent DePaul – A 501c3 non-profit “helping people in need,” we are located at Airport and Taylor roads and meet people in need every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 12. We accept personal donations at that time. For more information, please call Jerry Presseller at 941.391.4856.

Meals on Wheels of Charlotte County – Golf tournament, tomorrow, Deep Creek Golf Club. Click here for information.

United Way of Charlotte County – The United at Work Hurricane Ian Response Fund will provide relief to the employees of Charlotte County employers. Every dollar you donate will be matched up to $500,000 by the Elsa & Peter Soderberg Charitable Foundation. To donate, CLICK HERE, or contact Executive Director, Angie Matthiessen or Development Director, Tricia LaPointe at 941.627.3539.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Copy Life – We have copy machines and printers to help you get back to business. Email or call 404.230.8443.

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

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

SCORE – Offering disaster assistance to small businesses.

Peace River Shopper Latest Edition. Arcadia Community Local.

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Fresh Jersey Tomatoes 7th Annual

Toy Drive, Now-December 9

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

Temporary Residential RV and Trailer Registration Is Open

The Charlotte County Commission on Oct. 25 voted to allow residents displaced by Hurricane Ian to live in recreational vehicles or trailers on developed residential lots for up to two years. The county code suspension will take effect today and expire Nov. 3, 2024. Visit to register your RV or trailer and view guidelines for connecting to electric, water and wastewater services.

For Hurricane Ian information, call the Charlotte County Emergency Operations Center from 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday at 941.833.4000 or 941.743.1320.

Follow Charlotte County Emergency Management’s recovery information at

County Partners With State for Private and Commercial Debris Removal

The Charlotte County Commission has reached an agreement with the Florida Division of Emergency Management to collect Hurricane Ian debris on private and commercial property. FDEM is now accepting applications from private and commercial property owners who would like assistance for the assessment and removal of qualifying debris, including vehicles.

To apply, visit or call 850-961-2002. For information, call the Hurricane Ian Debris hotline 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends or email

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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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ARCHway Institute – October Newsletter

Animal Welfare League –October Pawsitive Press

C.A.R.E. – October Newsletter

Charlotte Community Foundation – Newsletter

Copperfish BooksHurricane-Delayed October Newsletter

Downtown Farmers Market – October Newsletter

Lifestyles After 50 – September Newsletter

Loveland Center – September Newsletter

Military Heritage Museum November Newsletter

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

Pedelec SQB Electric Bikes – October Newsletter

Punta Gorda Airport – November PDG Buzz

Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau – Newsletter

Punta Gorda Mural SocietyOctober Newsletter

SandStar Remodeling/AR HomesOctober Newsletter

Suncoast Humane Society – November Newsletter

TIME Realty Services Inc. – September Newsletter

The Yoga Sanctuary – October Newsletter

Valerie’s House – Newsletter


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