Friday Facts for October 14, 2022

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

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Here is a copy of Chamber President John Wright’s newspaper column from October 11

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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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Blues, Brews, & BBQ

Next Saturday at TT’s Tiki Bar on The Harbor!

Saturday, October 22, 3-6PM

Regular Tickets: $40
Includes samples of multiple craft beers and live blues. Amazing BBQ bites available for purchase.

VIP Tickets: $50 (Limited Availability)
Enter ahead of the crowd from 2-3pm for early sampling of special VIP brews selected especially for you.

Get your tickets at under the Shop Chamber tab

For more information call (941) 639-3720

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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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October 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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Tuesday, October 18: Punta Gorda Chamber Post-Hurricane Reunion at Harbor Social.
We’re a social bunch. We want to see each other’s faces again. Talk to each other. Have a drink together. Harbor Social is kindly offering a 20% discount off your bill for the evening. Please RSVP to reception@puntagordachamber. com or 941.639.3720. (This is different from our typical After Hours. No gift exchange, please.)

Wednesday. October 26: Networking Lunch, Noon-1:30 pm – Village Fish Market Restaurant, 1200 W. Retta Esplandade, Punta Gorda. Menu choices: Fish and Chips with edamane salad, Bangers and mash with gravy and garden peas, Caesar salad (with or without chicken). Cost is $20 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover and AMEX. Tickets can be purchased online at or 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) – Who needs a break from all the hurricane talk? T.T.’s Tiki Bar has you covered. On Saturday, we have No Filter taking the stage at 7 pm. If you have never heard them play, don’t miss this opportunity. Mark your calendars for October 22, when the Tiki hosts Blues, Brews and BBQ! The fun starts at 2 pm for VIPs and 3 pm for general public. You can purchase tickets through the Punta Gorda Chamber. We will close out the month strong with Gas House Gorillas on October 29 starting at 7 pm. 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.
  6. The Tiki Bar is running a summer lunch special from 12-4 pm for only $9.95. You have the choice of the Cuban Press, Grouper fish and chips, Tropical Rice Bowl, Mojo Pork Tacos, Hut Salad, or Cheese Pizza. 

Lastly, the Four Points by Sheraton would like to offer a “Staycation Rate.” Please book a room by saying Staycation and get a standard room and dinner for two in the Dockside Grill for only $129 per night. Take advantage of resort living in your back yard!

Gettel Lincoln and Hyundai of Charlotte County (Platinum) – Storm Relief Cashback. We want to let our community know that we are here to help! In addition to the previously announced $1,000 Hurricane Customer Relief, we have just released a $1,000 Cash Back Certificate with the purchase of a new Lincoln or Hyundai for customers residing in areas that have been impacted by Hurricane Ian. You do not have to trade in your current vehicle to receive this customer relief. Please call 941.216.2069 for Lincoln and 941.841.1557 for Hyundai to schedule an appointment.

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) Open Saturdays, 8 am-1 pm. Click here for information.

TIME Realty Services, Inc. (Gold) – We hope everyone has what they need to start rebuilding. We are here if you need anything. The market stood still for a bit, but 17 days later we are seeing movement: 46 new listings, 47 new contracts, 52 sold, 99 temporary off-market, 57 canceled, 12 withdrawn, 71 price decreases and 25 price increases. In Charlotte County there are 1,006 single-family homes on the market and 127 multi-family. September numbers will be out on Monday. Enjoy your weekend.

CAM Realty (Silver) – Virtual office available in Downtown Punta Gorda, $99/+tax per month. Provides your company the image of a professional office without the cost of dedicated office space. Contact CAM Realty: 941.833.0083.

Creative Window Treatments (Silver) – Creative Window Treatments has suffered major damage to our Englewood location, but our Punta Gorda shop has weathered the storm. Keep in mind that while the phones are not yet in service, you can still leave a voice message at either business number as we are able to retrieve all messages. Please be patient as it may take us a few days to respond but we will get back to you.

Friendly Floors (Silver) – Open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday. Saturdays, 10 am-3 pm.

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 October and November every Friday.

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

Charlotte Community Foundation (Bronze) – Hurricane Relief Party/Fundraiser, today at 5 pm. Click here for details.

Coastal Expressions & Wine (Bronze) –Located in the ISLES at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd in the Plaza at Suite #1135. If you haven’t been here before, we offer a unique experience of food, wine, beer, activities, and shopping. Daily, we serve Breakfast flatbreads and Mimosas, Lunch specials and Wine Dinner/wine/beer and more.   Visit our website at to view our wine/beer and food menu, events and activities.  

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze) Ease into fall with casual concerts near you.

Military Heritage Museum (Bronze)Temporarily closed. Click here for information.

C.A.R.E. (Support) – Trauma changes people. It changes communities too. As our community deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies of Charlotte County is here to help. Victims of sexual assault and domestic violence are encourage to reach out to one of our Advocates at 941.627.6000.

Drug Free Charlotte County (Support) – Have you ever heard people talking about how ALL our youth is vaping or doing drugs? Would you be surprised to know that actually MOST Charlotte County teens are NOT using alcohol, tobacco or other drugs (ATOD)? You heard that right! What we need now is YOU. We need you to help us continue to get that message out to everyone.

Frank Desquin (Support) – Now that you know Gilchrist Park’s new seawall is its third, do you know how close we came to not having a beautiful bayfront park at all? Click here for Frank’s latest column.   

The Homeless Coalition/Fabulous Finds (Support) – Seeking volunteers. We have kitchen, clerical, pantry help and the resale shop. Contact Jenifer Welch at 941.627.4313 ext. 103.

Hoff’s Air Authority (Support) – We are posting information to our Instagram page and our Facebook page to keep everybody up-to-date. We have no phone service or Internet but I transferred our office phone to my cell. We are taking calls and there is a waiting list. 

Peace River Botanical and Sculptural Gardens (Support) – Is your business looking for a place to host your holiday party? Adorned with thousands of lights during the month of December, Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens is the perfect backdrop! Please reach out to Tanna Horner for more information on private event rentals. 

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Charlotte County Habitat For Humanity – Office is open and we are striving to be a resource to our community and our homeowners. Habitat Homeowners are not being charged a late fee for their October Mortgage Payments.

Our Punta Gorda ReSale Store located at 1750 Manzana Avenue, Punta Gorda is open Monday – Saturday from 9 am-5 pm. Our Port Charlotte and Murdock locations are still in repair and will be open soon. Our Englewood store is closed for the foreseeable future. Donations can be brought to our Punta Gorda ReSale Store Location, 1750 Manzana Ave., Punta Gorda, between the hours of 9 am-4 pm.

As we complete our assessments and help our existing homeowners with repairs and insurance claims, we have paused the acceptance of Pre-Qualification Applications for our Homeownership Program.

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. Reach out to us today at 941.655.8888 to schedule! 

Connect Print & Promotions, LLC. – All treats and no tricks this October 🎃 when you hashtag #connect, 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

United Way of Charlotte County – Meets local needs every day, supporting non-profit agencies, local businesses and assisting with individual and family rent, mortgage and utility needs. Our focus on non-profit agencies and Charlotte County residents in need hasn’t changed because of Hurricane Ian, it has only been amplified. We continue to support area non-profit agencies, and individuals and families in Charlotte County. Your continued support of UWCC through general donations or through our designated Disaster Relief Fund will support LOCAL relief and recover efforts. Donations for local disaster relief through UWCC can be made at 

FGCU Academy – Learning For Life. Hundreds of courses. Knowledgeable instructors. Have it your way, online or in-person. Click here for more information.

Johnson-Taylor Funeral & Cremation – We have a temporary office set-up to serve the families of our community. Please call 941.833.0600 or visit for more information.

Punta Gorda Mural Society – All the murals survived the storm. The History Class scheduled for October 25 and 26 has been cancelled.

Pomegranate and Fig Boutique – Open with limited hours. Today-Saturday 10 am-2 pm. Next week 10 am-4 pm Returning to regular hours October 24,10 am-5:30 pm. Since October feels like its almost over, we are having a MAJOR SALE! All Halloween 50% off and up to 50% off select merchandise all over the boutique.

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. Our trained experts can assist you from start to finish.

As the newest chamber member, we are offering 15% off mold testing and remediation products when you mention the PG Chamber. Call 239.206.2854 or visit

Gregg’s Automotive – 16th Annual “Putting the Brakes on Autism Campaign.” Click here for details. Also, Guess the Pumpkin Weight Contest. Grand Prize: 2 tickets on Key West Express.

Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea – We made it through the storm, and we hope you all did as well. Thank you to everyone who reached out to us. Yes, we are open now and slowly getting back to normal. At this time, we have a limited menu. Our hours are Monday through Friday 7 am- 4 pm and Saturdays 7 am- 2pm. 

Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine – We hope everyone is safe from the storm. We are getting back to normal as fast as we can. Our Chocolatiers have been working all week. We have our full 65 different Handcrafted Chocolates available, including our Wine and Beer selection. Our Charcuteries and Cheese selection is limited at this time. Come on down and join us tomorrow for our Live Music by Jonny Puma for our Sweet Sounds of Saturdays!

Southwest Florida GSD Rescue – We are in need of fosters to take in some of the dogs displaced by Ian and for dogs relinquished by owners. German Shepherds that we accept are typically calm, sweet, social dogs. We do not take aggressive dogs nor dogs who are not dog and people friendly. If there are folks who can offer help, please call 941.740.0074.

GrandCare Plus – GrandCare Assisted Living and GrandCare Plus Home Health Agency is up and running 

Copperfish Books – Open today–Saturday,10–3. Tuesday we resume our regular hours: weekdays 10–5, Saturdays 10–4. We will be open on Mondays again starting October 24. Click here for our latest newsletter.

Sea Grape Gallery – Temporarily closed. Please visit our website to view our art, along with contact information for our artists:

Harbor Social PG – Saturday and Sunday football specials 10 wings and 2 draft beers $16. Open Saturday and Sunday at 10 am for breakfast and Bloody Mary bar. 212 West Marion Ave., Punta Gorda

Built Right Pool Heaters – We have hundreds of heaters in stock and ready to deliver to you. We are open and back to normal operations.

D.I.S. Tech Services – Company founder Joshua Montgomery is in Punta Gorda this week to help anyone who needs tech help. He is not charging anyone, just wants to help businesses get back to business. He is currently working with several local clients. Please let him know how he can help. Call 217.492-.8042 or email:

The Yoga Sanctuary – Open with a limited class schedule for both in-studio visits and online classes. Classes daily. Please follow us on Facebook for continued updates. 112 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda. 941.505.9642. Click here for the latest newsletter.

Quick Mobile Repair – Open for business, repairing cell phones, tablets, laptops, gaming consoles, etc. We are offering discounted prices, due to the hurricane, and a very quick turnaround time. In addition, we are scheduling house calls for any home tech issue. We will be offering a free courier service to all first responders staying at FourPoints by Sheraton and to all police stations, fire stations and hospitals in the area.  Located in the Cross Trails Center, 615 Cross St. #1104. For information, to schedule appointments and courier service, please call 941.655.6681.  

Elie Electric Services LLC – Open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. We normally are marine based and working on our waterways, however during this time we will be working on land projects to help homeowners get their power back. 1512 Nina St., Port Charlotte. 941.763.5348.

Peace River Wildlife Center – PRWC will rise again! Donations for recovery costs and to rebuild are so welcome and can be made at

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

Boys and Girls Clubs – Boo Ball, October 22, 6-10 pm, Holy Trinity Event Center. Click here for tickets.  

ERTC Refund – How much money could your business or non-profit, including churches, receive from the Employee Retention Tax Credit Program? Click here.


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


SandStar Remodeling/AR Homes – We will not be able to take on any storm-related damage repairs at this time.


SCORE – Offering disaster assistance to small businesses.


Fishermen’s Village –

Open abbreviated hours Monday-Saturday, 11 am-6 pm and noon-6 pm on Sunday. Several restaurants have reopened and stay open until at least 8 pm or later.

Tomorrow: International Culture Fest, Noon-6 pm. Free.


Peace River Shopper Latest Edition.

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Punta Gorda Historic District Halloween Celebration

Punta Gorda’s biggest and most pedestrian-friendly annual Halloween celebration is coming back! Monday, October 31, 5-9 pm,

New Life Church, 507 Marion Ave.

American Pickers To Film In Florida

The American Pickers are returning to Florida! They plan to film episodes of The History Channel hit television series throughout our state in December 2022.

Updated COVID-19 Boosters: What Employers Need to Know

Click here for booster checklist for employers

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FWC Opens Displaced Vessel Hotline

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has established a hotline for reporting displaced vessels still on Florida state waters because of Hurricane Ian. The FWC and partner agencies are working with vessel owners to remove or relocate these vessels.  

Report displaced or damaged vessels by calling the Hurricane Ian Vessel Hotline at 850-488-5600, 8 am-5 p., Monday-Friday. Callers will be asked to provide the vessel’s registration number, current location and detailed description.   

Vessel owners are encouraged to hire a salvage company to recover their vessel to provide the safest method possible for the vessel and the environment. Owners of vessels that have become derelict have 45 days from the day the hurricane passed over the state to either remove their boats from waters of the state or bring it into a non-derelict condition.

Owners of displaced vessels who lack the resources to have their boat repaired, or if their vessel is determined to be beyond repair, may release ownership of their vessel. This process can be initiated by contacting the FWC through the Hurricane Ian Vessel Hotline at 850.488.5600 and requesting to turn over a displaced vessel. An FWC representative will then contact the owner to explain the waiver process and facilitate the potential turnover of ownership.

Tax Collector Open for Services

Charlotte County Tax Collector locations are open for walk-in driver licenses, motor services, and tax services without an appointment.

  • Murdock: 18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Port Charlotte: 21229 Olean Boulevard Suite B, Port Charlotte,Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Englewood: 6868 San Casa Drive, Englewood Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Renew vehicle registrations at the Kiosk: Quesada Commons Publix Super Market, 19451 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte

Services currently unavailable: Road Tests, HAZMAT Fingerprinting, Concealed Weapons Permits, Birth Certificates

The Punta Gorda location remains closed at this time

Apply for FEMA Assistance Now 

If you have been affected by Hurricane Ian, register with FEMA with your critical needs. FEMA may provide financial help with essential disaster-related needs, temporary housing expenses, basic home repairs, vehicle replacement and other needs.

There are several ways to apply:

  1. In person at the FEMA location at the Town Center Mall, 1441 Tamiami Trail, near JCPenney
  2. Online at
  3. Using the FEMA App for mobile devices
  4. Calling FEMA toll-free 800.621.3362 from 7 am to 11 pm.

Don’t wait to apply for FEMA assistance and if you do have insurance, do not wait to file an insurance claim for damage caused by the disaster.

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Click here to see why the referendum is so important. Yard signs are available at the Chamber office.

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Election 2022

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 – September Newsletter

Animal Welfare League –September Pawsitive Press

C.A.R.E. – August Newsletter

Charlotte Community Foundation – Newsletter

Copperfish BooksHurricane-Delayed October Newsletter

Downtown Farmers Market – October Newsletter

Habitat For Humanity – July and August Newsletter

Lifestyles After 50 – September Newsletter

Loveland Center – September Newsletter

Military Heritage Museum – Newsletter

Meals On Wheels of Charlotte County – Summer newsletter

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens – September Gardens at a Glance News

Pedelec SQB Electric Bikes – August Newsletter

Punta Gorda Airport – Newsletter

Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau – Newsletter

Punta Gorda Mural SocietyAugust Newsletter

SandStarFall Newsletter

SCOREJuly Newsletter

Senior Friendship Center – July Newsletter

TIME Realty Services Inc. – August Newsletter

The Yoga Sanctuary – October Newsletter

Valerie’s House – Newsletter