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Friday September 15, 2023

Chamber President John Wright’s newspaper column from September 12.

PG Chamber Radio Show Exclusively For PG Chamber Members:

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 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 Networking Events

**Please remember to RSVP directly to events by emailing reception@puntagorda-chamber.com, 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!

Four Points By Sheraton (Platinum)

Come out and enjoy the cooler temperatures at the Tiki Bar with dinner and an adult beverage! On Friday, come see Leadfoot Grey at 6:00 PM. On Saturday, we have TL Jentgens taking the stage at 6:00. VIP tickets are on sale now at ttspg.comPlease click here to see when all of your favorite bands will play this month. The Tiki Bar is offering 6 summer lunch specials Monday through Friday for only $12.95. Enjoy them while they last! They also have Happy Hour daily Monday- Friday from open until 6:00 PM. We offer $3 draft beers, $4 house well cocktails, and $5 house wines. Don’t forget about our Dockside Grill inside the hotel. We offer Happy Hour daily from 4-7 pm. We also have an AYCE Fish Fry on Friday nights and Prime Rib Saturdays. 

The 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. 

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold)

Open 8 am to 1 pm Saturdays..

TIME Realty Services, Inc. (Gold)

The 7-day rolling stat for Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte & North Port

shows 163 New Listings, 107 New Contracts, & 138 sold (remember the sold number includes the end of the month). Don’t miss my monthly newsletter – sign up now https://bit.ly/2IQgZW4 August numbers will

be out next week. This fabulous opportunities are waiting for you: https://bit.ly/3qLQ9Ef  https://bit.ly/3p8yzKd  https://bit.ly/44dPHwC

CAM Realty (Silver)

Virtual office available in 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)

Coastal Expressions Wine Bar is Located in the Isles at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd, Suite 1135. Come try our exciting NEW Summer Menu that features wraps, salads, tapas, and our famous flatbreads. Our charcuterie boards pair well with our unique wine selections too. Want an easy and tasty snack…get a charcuterie and bottle of wine to go! Join us for a delicious meal and entertainment: Trivia is every Thursday starting at 6:30 and Wine-O-Bingo is every Friday at 6 pm. Summer hours are Tuesday 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday 11 am to 8 pm. Visit www.coastal-expressions.com to view the menu, events calendar and book your private party. Small or Large groups welcome! 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)

Sunset Beach September Calendar Fishermen’s Village will host the very popular 10th annual Key Lime & Tropical Fest, Saturday, September 23, 2023. Restaurants and specialty vendors will be showcasing key lime, tropical and other delights! Vendor hours: 12 noon-6 pm; Live music throughout the day continues until 9 pm at the Sunset Beach Club featuring Tropical Avenue Band!  Visit www.fishermensvillage.com for full details!

Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine (Silver)

Have you thought about the upcoming Holiday’s? Let us make it easy and Pre-Order your Corporate Baskets now! Let us create your customers, employees, bosses, or anyone who you would like to gift a Specialty Wine, Beer, Chocolate, Cheese, or All of the Above Gift Basket! Perfect for ANY occasion, give us a call now! 

Punta Gorda Coffee & Tea (Silver)

It’s Back!! Our HHC Pumpkin Spice Sauce and Fresh Steeped Apple Cider!! Be careful you might just Fall in love with it! Only available for a limited time!! 

Military Heritage Museum (Silver in Kind)

Patriots Gala November 11 – Sponsorship Opportunities

Animal Welfare League (Bronze)

Join us in celebrating the Animal Welfare League’s momentous 60th anniversary with “Paws for a Cause” on December 3, 2023! This grand event promises a day of fun and compassion for animals in need. We invite vendors and sponsors to be a part of this special occasion, making a positive impact on the lives of our furry friends. For more details, visit AWLshelter.org/Paws-for-a-cause or reach out to events@awlshelter.org. Let’s come together to support a brighter future for animals.

Charlotte County Florist (Bronze)

Grab a friend and join us at Port Charlotte Florist Wednesday, September 20 from 5-7 pm for our monthly design class! This month we are featuring a sunflower topiary arrangement- perfect for the start of Fall! This class is $65 per person- which includes all design materials, a light snack and a glass of wine. Reserve your spot online at https://www.portcharlotteflorist.net/design-class/sunflower-topiary/ or give us a call at (941) 627- 2236! We hope to see you there!

Charlotte Players (Bronze)

Charlotte Players- Meet the 11th Annual Comedy for a Cause Cast. Jennifer Miles is a paralegal at All Injuries Law Firm where she assists injured clients with motor vehicle accidents, personal injury accidents and workers’ compensation cases. Show your support for Jennifer at https://bit.ly/CFAC-Jennifer Natalie Proctor is the Branch Manager at Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU) in Port Charlotte. Support Natalie support athttp://bit.ly/CFAC-Natalie. www.charlotteplayers.org..

HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital (Bronze)

HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital was recently recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery,according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting doctors and patients. This achievement reflects the hospital’s outstanding clinical outcomes for spine surgery and puts HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital in the top 10% of hospitals nationwide for spine surgery. HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital is the only hospital in Charlotte County to earn this achievement in 2023.

C.A.R.E. of Charlotte County (Support)

Enjoy a day on the greens with us September 23rd for Golfers Who C.A.R.E.! Our non-profit is hosting a 4-Person Golf Scramble, bringing together golf enthusiasts of every level. Play, have fun, and support a great cause. Click here for more details, registration info and sponsorship opportunities!

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens (Support)

September 4 through November 11 visit The Gardens and let your soul be Enlighted! This fall, our impressive collection of water lilies will be in full bloom coinciding with an art gallery of McKnight’s distinctly creative use of light on her subjects! ENLIGHTED: an emerging exhibition of nature’s most spiritual flower intertwined with the beauty of Jessica McKnight’s photography.

Join Peace River Gardens on September 16, 2023, from 9 to noon for our annual Butterfly Day! We will have bouncy houses, crafts, food trucks, face painting, butterfly garden tours, butterfly plants, yard games, story time, art show and so much more!

September 10, celebrate Grandparents Day at The Gardens and receive a FREE ice cream sandwich! What better way to create everlasting memories while enjoying nature and its surroundings! 

Visual Arts Center (Support)

Our 5×5 Mural Fundraiser is right around the corner. Get the chance to see the murals and shop first before the public. Only 55 tickets are available. This is a great opportunity to get a jump on your holiday shopping and help the Visual Arts Center. Click here for tickets. FM Don’s is catering, and Coastal Cocktails will be in the house with a signature 5×5 cocktail.

Member Information

The Yoga Sanctuary – Yoga Month with The Yoga Sanctuary

All of September Celebrate the rejuvenating power of yoga this September with The Yoga Sanctuary, as we embrace the serenity and mindfulness of National Yoga Month. Complimentary bite-size classes, weekly discounts and tools to help you deepen your yoga journey – inquire about the details!

Fall Equinox Sound Bath Saturday, September 23  1pm 

$25 The Fall Equinox is one of two moments throughout the year when day and night are exactly equal in length. Days then grow even shorter and we continue our journey toward winter. It is a time of reflection and transition. Come join us at The Yoga Sanctuary for a special Fall Equinox Sound Bath. Allow the vibrations of the crystal bowls to nourish and support your body, mind, and soul as we move into this quieter time of year.

Stop & Smell the Flowers: A day-retreat at Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens October 23, 9am-3pm $150

Sometimes in the day-to-day rush of life’s routines and obligations, we can easily get caught up in the daily grind and forget to appreciate the simple joys of life. Join The Yoga Sanctuary for a day-long retreat of quiet tranquility in the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens!

The day-retreat will include 2 full yoga practices, a delicious catered lunch, and a full garden tour lead by the Peace River Botanical Gardens docents! You will also have space and time to connect to the nature around you. This day-retreat will leave you ready to move back into the world with renewed vigor, spontaneity, and a sense of equanimity in the face of whatever life offers.

Emerge Gardens – Emerge Gardens – where every family has access to clean, healthy produce locally grown. Come visit us, 6427 Elliott Street Punta Gorda, FL Tuesday thru Friday 9am to 4 pm or order on-line store to purchase boxes of fresh cut herbs and variety of lettuce & greens. We are also a Florida Dept. of AG Certified Nursery offering many varieties of in seasonal seedling stock of fruit, vegetable, herbs, flower seedling in rockwool, and or coco coir medium that are ready for transplant in tower garden, garden tower or straight into soil. We use no herbicide or pesticides. You can also pick-up every Saturday at

Punta Gorda’s Farmer’s Market 8am to 12 noon. we believe in the power of plants.

Gardenia Home Watch LLC – Hello PGI neighbors,

My name is Nancy Cornett, my business is Gardenia Home Watch. I do Home watching, a little bit of Home Cleaning also. You can check me in my web site, GardeniahomewatchLLC.com. My phone # is 603 203 1249. Even though I am new to this area, I have found new friendly clients!! (thanks to the Chamber of Commerce Punta Gorda.) Please reach out to me if you need any help, big or small, I would be to glad to help.

Florida International Air Show – November 4 & 5 www.floridaairshow.com for tickets. 2023 marks our 42nd year at the Punta Gorda Airport. Fun for the whole family – vintage aircraft on static display, military/civilian demonstrations; Interactive Kid Zone, Variety of delicious Food Trucks, Exhibits and Craft Vendors.  

Nutegra Mental Health and Nutrition, Inc. – Introduction Seminar November 10 9:00am – 4:30 pm Isles Yacht Club. The Obesity Epidemic ; Treatment and Coaching. Click here for more information.

Burnt Store Presbyterian Church – Burnt Store Presbyterian Church will celebrate Reformation Sunday with a Kirkin’O’ the Tartan Service at 4 pm on Sunday, October 29. While this special service honors Scotland and our Scottish heritage, it is truly a Scottish-American custom. Click here for more information. 

Burnt Store Presbyterian Church is thrilled to announce a Scottish-Irish Celebration on Sunday, October 29 at 5:30 PM, featuring Brian Gurl and Carlann Evans. An evening of Celtic music including Michele Pruyn, Karen Romig, Isaac Mingus and bagpiper Gary Rinstrohm. Click here for more information.

All Dry Services of Florida Gulf Coast – I know Punta Gorda has had some flooding so please feel free to reach out to us and let us know how we can help. I have crews in the area ready to extract water, open wet walls, remove wet carpeting and padding, add dehumidifiers, etc. Call anytime! 239.595.9242 Mark Salow, Owner

The Damex Corporation – Did you know that mold can grow within 24 hours given the right conditions? Call The Damex Corporation at 941.624.3100 to dry out your home or business properly or for mold remediation. The Damex Corporation is a family-owned, full service restoration company. With over 4 decades of experience, we have established a reputation for ethical practices and consistently delivering outstanding service and quality. Insurance providers also rely on us, making us the preferred choice for several carriers in the State.

Charlotte County Imagination Library – Join us for a night of fun and golf on October 19th from 6p-9p. Help us raise funds for our local Imagination Library non-profit that send free books every month to preschool kids! Located at Top Golf 2021 Golf Way in Fort Myers. Two ticket prices are available: Golf, food/soft beverages,raffle,50/50, jazz for $100, or everything but golf for $45. For tickets or more information go to it.ly/44iO40n, Purple House Salon: 312 Sullivan St Punta Gorda or email


Charlotte Harbor Behavioral Health Care – Please join us at our Candlelight Recovery Vigil on September 15 at 7 p.m. at Laishley Park, 100 Nesbit Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. There will be a short presentation where community members share their inspiring stories of recovery, along with honor beads, a bubble release, rock painting, beautiful music, and candles for the vigil. There will also be numerous community partner information tables ready to showcase the services they offer within our community. The evening will end with candlelight and Mr. Larry Stewart playing Amazing Grace on bagpipes alongside celebrated vocalist Carla Brooks. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Gilded Lily Band – October 22 – a family friendly musical event held at TT’s on the Harbor raising funds for the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. Click here to see how you can help!

D.I.S.Tech Services Inc. – We manage IT systems for other companies. Whether you have 5 computers or 150, we have the tools and management skills to help your business succeed. Give us a call at 941-867-9772 or 217-492-8042 to see how we can help you.

Burnt Sore Animal Hospital – Bark-Tober Fest October 21, 5-8pm. Come on out and join us for food, fun, prizes and our course our fur baby costime contest! Dress your fur baby in costume and enter to win some amazing prizes. All proceeds are donated to Kerr’s Angel Fund. For more information, contact Kerrsangelfund@gmail.com

Big Shot Marketing & Design – We are committed to providing tangible results for our clients. That means generating leads, increasing online purchases or reaching any digital marketing goal you’re looking to achieve. 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. In order to have truly effective marketing strategies, you need to understand who your ideal client is, and how to reach them.

Suncoast Humane Society – You’re invited to the Art for Animals Auction event to benefit Suncoast Humane Society. Join us at The Waverly Restaurant and Bar on September 30th from 5pm – 8pm for a fun-filled evening of art, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Take advantage of the discount ticket pricing of $65 available until August 31st – tickets are limited so don’t wait! Sponsorships are available! Please click here for more information.

Punta Gorda Historical Society – VISIT THE MARKET – The Sunday Market and Artisans Village at History Park, 501 Shreve Street. Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday!

Charlotte County Boys & Girls Club – Clubs for Kids Golf Tournament Saturday September 16, Riverwood Gold Club $600 Foursome or $150 Individuals includes green fees, cart, breakfast, BBQ lunch, 2 beverage tickets per player, soft drinks and more. Click here for more details.

Suncoast Humane Society – Join us for the Art for Animals Auction event to benefit Suncoast Humane Society at The Waverly Restaurant and Bar on September 30th from 5pm – 8pm for a fun-filled evening of art bidding, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Take advantage of the discount ticket pricing of $65 available until August 31st – tickets are limited so don’t wait!

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Archway Institute – Helicopter Golf Ball Drop December 2

National Recovery Month Celebration.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates – On October 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Edison and Ford Winter Estates will host the annual “Airing of the Quilts” quilt show. Dozens of quilts from the Southwest Florida Quilters Guild will be on display, suspended from clotheslines between the palms in front of the historic homes. Quilters Guild participants will also have quilts available for sale.

Punta Gorda Boat Club – Sunset Social. Do you have your own boat? Interested in swapping stories with other boaters? Want to learn more about boating in Charlotte Harbor? Well then, come join us for our Sunset Social which is held every fourth Friday from 5 to 7pm at our Clubhouse 802 W Retta Esplanade in Punta Gorda. We’ll be happy to tell you more about our Club as well. Bring an appetizer to share and the beverage of your choice. Call Jan at 941-743-2472 for more information, or check us out at puntagordaboatclub.com. Hope to see you there!

ARCHway Institute – Mark your calendars! ARCHway’s discovery dinner is October 20, 2023

Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.


Animal Welfare League

Looking for a rewarding part-time position? Join AWL Kennel Tech team! As a dedicated member of our animal welfare family, you’ll provide essential care for shelter residents, ensuring their comfort and well-being. Responsibilities include feeding, cleaning, and assisting with adoptions. If you’re passionate about animals, detail-oriented, and a team player, apply now at awlshelter.org/jobs. Make a positive impact while working flexible hours. Your compassion could make all the difference!

Faith Lutheran Church

Administrative Assistant

Faith Lutheran Church in Punta Gorda offers a Christ-centered opportunity for a part-time (M-F 8:30-1pm) Administrative Assistant to the pastor. MS office 365 proficiency required. Competitive pay based on experience. For more info (941) 639-6309 or faithadmin88@embarqmail.com

John Guarino M.D. PA
Matthew Tufts M.D.
Vincent Brown M.D.

Physician’s Assistant

Seeking PA for well-established group of 3 surgeons (General, Bariatrics, and Endoscopy) in Charlotte County. Full-time employment with 1 weekend per month of call. Full benefits package includes malpractice insurance, health insurance, 401K, and 3 weeks of vacation/year. Salary is negotiable based on experience, with a productivity bonus offered after the first year. Duties include surgery assistance, independent patient care, and directing our screening colonoscopy program and bariatric program. Email CV/Resume to office@guarinomd.com

D.I.S. Tech Services Inc.

IT Support Technician (Part-time)

Hiring part-time I.T. Technician.  If interested, contact Josh at 941.867.9772 or email jmontgomery@distechusa.com

Parlade Schaefer Schortz CPAs

Tax Associate
Primary responsibility is preparing Income Tax Returns including forms 1040, 1065, 1120, 1120S, and 1041, along with some state returns. The person will review client accounting, make necessary adjustments and prepare financial statements. This position will also assist clients with IRS issues and write responses to the IRS. There will also be some payroll reporting, year-end reporting and administrative work as needed.
For more information, click here.

Florida Premier Contractors

Multiple Positions
Florida Premier Contractors is hiring. We are a commercial general contractor located in Punta Gorda, FL. We are hiring for the following positions: Assistant Superintendent, Project Superintendent, Project Assistant, Project Manager & estimator. Please send your resume to admin@fpcbuilds.com

Fishermen's Village

Multiple Positions

Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda’s premiere shopping and dining destination, is currently seeking full time and part time maintenance employees. Join our team!
For full details and to apply, Visit: https://www.Indeed.com/cmp/fishermen’s-village/jobs

The Suites at Fishermen’s Village (luxury accommodations located on the second level) is seeking Custodial and Housekeeping team members. For full details and to apply visit: Https://www.indeed.com/cmp/the-suites-at-fisherman’s-village/jobs 



Vote-by-mail ballot requests must be RENEWED after each General Election Cycle. To vote by Mail in 2023-2024, you must submit a new Vote by Mail Request.

Click here for more information.


October 21, 2023 – benefitting The Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County & Crossroads Hope Academy.

Click HERE for more information.

Introducing Women Excelle: A Premier Women's Summit Celebrating Leadership, Innovation, and Success

Florida SBDC at FGCU (Fort Myers, FL) – Women in business, women starting a business, and aspiring businesswomen are invited to join The Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University for a brand new and exciting event designed exclusively for them. Women Excelle aims to equip women with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to thrive in the business world. The event will take place on October 12, 2023, at The Club at Grandezza. 

Click HERE for more information.

The Charlotte County Historical Society Presents the 20th Annual Maine Lobster Feast & Libations!

Sunday, October 7 – Isles Yacht Club

Cocktails at 5:00 pm & Dinner at 6:00 pm

CCASH BAR ONLY, credit and debit cars cannot be accepted

Click here for more information.

Charlotte County Government Calendar

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2023) – Charlotte County government meetings for the coming week.

Monday, Sep. 18, 2023, 2 p.m. — Greater Port Charlotte Street & Drainage MSBU Advisory Board, Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2023, 9 a.m. — County Commission Monthly Workshop, Charlotte County Administration Center, 18500 Murdock Circle, Room 119, Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2023, 5:01 p.m. — Final Budget Public Hearing, Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2023, 10:30 a.m. — Pirate Harbor Street & Drainage MSBU Advisory Board, Punta Gorda Charlotte Library, 401 Shreve St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Thursday, Sep. 21, 2023, 9:30 a.m. — Rotonda West Street & Drainage MSBU Advisory Board, Mac V. Horton West County Annex, 6868 San Casa Drive, Englewood, FL 34224

Thursday, Sep. 21, 2023, 1:30 p.m. — County Commission Pre-Agenda, Charlotte County Administration Center, 18500 Murdock Circle, Room B106, Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Thursday, Sep. 21, 2023, 2 p.m. — Northwest Port Charlotte Street & Drainage MSBU Advisory Board, Port Charlotte Public Library, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Friday, Sep. 22, 2023, 8 a.m. — Building Industry Oversight Committee, E. Jay Carlson Community Development Building Conference Room, 18400 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte, FL 33948


Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County – Newsletter


C.A.R.E. of Charlotte County – August Newsletter


Calenda Real Estate Group – Newsletter


Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity – Newsletter


Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Prevention Newsletter


Copperfish Books – August Newsletter


Drug Free Charlotte County – Summer Newsletter


Downtown Farmers Market – August Newsletter


Edison and Ford Winter Estates – August Member Magazine


EnVision Quest – August Newsletter


JLW Business Advisors, LLC – SWFL Non-Profit Insiders Newsletters


Loveland Center – Newsletter


Military Heritage Museum – Gulf Theater August Newsletter and August Military Heritage Museum Happenings & Highlights


The Nix Team at Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty August Newsletter


Punta Gorda Airport – PGD Buzz


Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens – Sweet to the Core!


Punta Gorda Historical Society – September Newsletter


Punta Gorda Mural SocietyJuly Newsletter


Punta Gorda Rotary Club – Newsletter


Sandstar Remodeling – August Newsletter


Sea Grape Gallery – August Newsletter


Senior Friendship Centers – Connections


Suncoast Humane Society – Humane Connection Newsletter


TIME Realty Services Inc. – Newsletter


Valerie’s HouseNewsletter


Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic – Quarterly Newsletter


The Yoga Sanctuary – September Newsletter

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