Friday, May 19th, 2023
Chamber President John Wright's newspaper column from April 25th
Saturday May, 27th 5-9pm
Live Music Featuring:
Bring a chair, kick back, and relax!
Beer, wine, water, soda, and food will be for sale.
No Coolers Please!
Historic Charlotte County Courthouse
See You There!
The Laird's Golf Challenge
June 17th, 12pm to 3pm
last day to sign up is june 8th!
Includes Golf, Lunch Buffet & Festivities
Cash Bar – Prizes Galore
topgolf fort myers
2021 Topgolf Blvd in Fort Myers
Charlotte County Arts Showcase
Thursday, June 22nd at 7pm
An evening exploring the beauty and richness of the arts in Charlotte County. Enjoy an opportunity to see a potter’s wheel in action; young people singing and performing; a taste of opera and the glorious sound of an orchestra. An extraordinary occasion to see all of this in one evening.
Your Chamber's Got Talent
August 17th, 7pm
Chamber Members: SHOW US YOUR UNIQUE TALENT!
Whitney Grace, last year’s winner, will open the show, but won’t be a contestant.
Join us for a fun evening of entertainment from 10 local acts sharing their talent with the community: singing, stand-up comedy, dancing, poetry reading, etc.
There is no charge to enter!
We’re looking for 2 more sponsors at $300 each.
SIGN UP TODAY!
PG Chamber Radio Show Exclusively
For PG Chamber Members:
BOOKING FOR JUNE!
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.
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Four Points By Sheraton (Platinum)
T.T.’s Tiki Bar is exactly what you need. Come and enjoy a great meal while having a drink in your hand and toes in the sand. We have two great bands this weekend! On Friday, we have The Fulcos starting at 7:00 pm. On Saturday, we have Twinkle kicking off the fun at 7:00 pm. Get here early for a good seat, because they pack the house. Please click here to see when all of your favorite bands are performing in May. The Harborside Garden, is now open for private events as well. We are currently booking weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, celebration of life, corporate events etc. It can hold up to 300 people for dinner and 500 for a reception-style get-together. Please call Kelly Williamson at 941-637-6770 for more information. The following are our specials:
- Join us for Happy Hour in the Dockside Grill from 4-7:00 pm every day of the week. We offer $3 draft beer, $4 house wine, and $5 premium cocktails
- Join us for Happy Hour at T.T.’s Tiki Bar from open to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday. We offer $4 drafts, $4 well cocktails, and $5 house wines.
- The Dockside Grill serves Prime Rib every Saturday
- The Dockside Grill features a different nightly special.
The Wyvern (Gold)
The Wyvern (Gold) – Special room offer for teachers and staff in Charlotte, DeSoto, Sarasota, and Lee counties, $199. Based on Availability June 1-August 31 Blackout Date July 4 Valid School ID Required for Check In One Night Stay In A Standard King Room Sunset Champagne Toast for Two 10% off all Food & Beverage
Click here for a special Cinco de Mayo Special Rate! 941.639.7700 Ext 3, 101 East Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
CAM Realty (Silver)
Virtual office available in Punta Gorda, $99/+tax per month. Provides your company with the image of an office without the cost of dedicated office space. Contact CAM Realty: 941.833.0083.
Coastal Expressions Wine Bar (Silver)
Located in the Isles at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd. Suite #1135. We offer a fun experience including delicious food, wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks, retail wine by the bottle or a unique boutique gift … plus family activities. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am – 9 pm. We serve breakfast flatbreads and mimosas, flatbread lunch specials with a complimentary glass of wine, beer or drink of your choice, a full dinner menu including dessert, our “anytime” date night dinner special for two with a bottle of red or white, our signature “Charcuterie Boards” and so more … Visit www.coastalexpressions.com to view menu and events calendar. Come check us out or call 941.214.8599.
Fishermen's Village (Silver)
Join us for the third annual Celtic Fest co-hosted by New World Celts and the Cultural Heritage Center of Southwest Florida. This event will take place on Saturday, May 13 from 12-9 pm. Immerse yourself in the rich traditions of the Celts with live music and watch the intricate steps of Irish step dancers. Schedule:
McIntyre Band: 12 noon-3 pm Dry Beach
Mac Tier Band: 12 noon-4 pm Center Court
Kellyn Celtic Dancers: 2, 4 and 6 pm Center Court (during band breaks, etc.)
Bryne Brothers: 3-6 pm Dry Beach
West of Galway: 5-9 pm Center Court
Eireann’s Call: 6-9 pm Dry Beach
Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine (Silver)
Introducing…back again….our HHC Rocher’s!! This assortment of handcrafted Rocher’s will leave you wanting more! Including Spiced Peanut, Hazelnut, Coconut, and Cherry Pistachio what more could you want! These are limited quantities! Mother’s Day is this weekend, give us a call at 9415050479 for any questions or you want us to hold anything.
Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea (Silver)
Our NEW Summer Shakers are back for the season! Including Lemonade shakers, Tea shakers, and more! Enjoy a refreshing beverage with us this weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend! We will have samples of some of our shakers to celebrate!
CeJay Associates (Silver In Kind)
New service: Website Rescue. Did you lose your website? Has your website been hacked? When it comes to rescuing a website, time is important. Contact us to discover your recovery options. Learn more by calling 941.204.0007 or go to https://cejaywebsites.com/services/
Animal Welfare League (Bronze)
Are you passionate about animals and looking for a meaningful way to make a difference in their lives? The Animal Welfare League (AWL) is seeking new volunteers to join our team and help us with our cat care program in local pet stores, dog walking, and morning cat care at the shelter.
Charlotte Players (Bronze)
Kids onstage Summer Workshop Registration is open! Camp dates: June 5-9 and 12-16. Show dates are June 16 and 17. $225 for enrollments received before May 22 and $250 for enrollments received after May 22. Check out https://www.facebook.com/KidsOnStageCP/ for more information or call 941.255.1022. Sponsored by Gene Gorman’s Auto Sales. Partnership with Punta Gorda Symphony. Dolly’s Kids Grade 1-2. Stars 3-6 Grade. Thespians 7-12 Grade. “Love, Lies, and the Doctor’s Dilemma,” April 20-30. Joan Scheller lives with the great love of her life, Sandy. In an effort to hide their relationship from her overbearing sister-in-law, the former movie star Olivia St. Claire, she introduces him as her psychiatrist. One little white lie leads to another. At The Langdon Playhouse, 1182 Market Circle in Port Charlotte. For more information and tickets call 941.255.1022 or go to www.charlotteplayers.org. You’re invited to a fun-filled, cruise-themed, benefit event at the Langdon Playhouse on Thursday, April 13. We will be auctioning off a European River Cruise, a Total Wine & More party package, plus more! There will also be door prizes and refreshments, so bring your friends and family! Please click here for more information or visit us online at www.charlotteplayers.org
PicklePlex® of Punta Gorda (Bronze)
Reservations are necessary for Monday Night Guided Practice. Sign up by 9 am Mondays. The first 26 registered may attend. New players, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
C.A.R.E. of Charlotte County (Support)
Mental Health Awareness Month is a perfect time to focus on your own mental health and wellness. This time of year is often associated with growth, renewal, hope and positivity. Let C.A.R.E. help support you as a sexual abuse or domestic abuse survivor. Call the Hotline at 941-627-6000 for help.
Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary (Support)
Sign up now for the Golf Scramble on Saturday, June 24 at St Andrews South Golf Club. Golfers of all abilities welcome! Registration fee is $85 ($50 tax deductible) and includes golf, cart, continental breakfast, lunch and prizes. Sign up with a foursome, or we can pair you up. You can support your local non-profit (501c3) by golfing, sponsoring a hole or donating raffle and silent auction items. It would be much appreciated! Download the registration form at www.standrewssouth.com or call Sue at 941.639.5261 ext 3 for information
Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens (Support)
Caribbean Colors Exhibit featuring Leoma Lovegrove. 5827 Riverside Drive, Punta Gorda.
May 21: Painting Class
May 22: Orchid Workshop
Valerie's House - Charlotte County (Support)
Valerie’s House is a non-profit organization that helps grieving children and families who have lost a loved one go on to live fulfilling lives. Our vision is that no child grieves alone. If you would like a tour of Valerie’s House, please contact Christine Carey (email@example.com 239.841.0382).
White Pine Services – Hate cleaning? We love it! Looking for a professional commercial cleaning company? Look no further. Clean Here for details.
Copperfish Books – Children’s Book Drive, May 1-31. Store is closed Sundays and Mondays through summer.
Punta Gorda Symphony – Memorial Day concert May 29 at the Gulf theater. Click here for details.
Burnt Store Presbyterian Church – On Sunday, May 28, 2023, please join us in a Service of Remembrance this Memorial Day Weekend. This Remembrance Service will be held from 9:45 am to 10:15 am, to honor all “Fallen Soldiers”. Memorial Day on the last Monday of May is an American Holiday observed to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. The red poppy officially became a national emblem of remembrance in 1920 and is worn to honor and memorialize “Fallen Soldiers.”
Sea Grape Gallery – From May 4 to July 6, 2023, Sea Grape Gallery will be featuring two of their artists, Beverly Yankwitt, acrylic and mixed media painter, and Renee Farr, glass artist.
ARCHway Institute – Welcomes new Board Member!
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.
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau – the inaugural Gulf Coast Cornhole Classic June 22-24 at various location in Charlotte County. This three-day social festival and pro-invitational is built around the competitive game of cornhole and live music. Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach will be the host site for three years so our community can look forward to this event for years to come. Cornhole players of all ages and skill level are welcome to participate with a $20,000 guaranteed prize purse. Sign up to play at: https://americancornhole.ticketsauce.com/e/aco-gulf-coast-classic/tickets
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida – Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida has added two major sales for the month of May. On Saturday, May 20th, Goodwill SWFL VIP Perk members can get 50% off their purchases of donated goods at all regular retail stores, 25% off donated at the two blue boutiques, and 25% off at the Goodwill Outlet at 5100 Tice Street in Fort Myers. Discounts will be applied upon using the customer’s VIP number at checkout. There is no cost to join the Goodwill SWFL VIP Perk program. Shoppers can sign up for free at www.GoodwillPerks.com.
United Way of Charlotte County – $1.3 million has been raised to support employees of Charlotte County businesses. United Way of Charlotte County’s (UWCC) United at Work fund offers financial assistance for individuals who are employed by a business that is based in Charlotte County or has sites in Charlotte County. GIVE HELP: If you want to contribute to this fund – click here for information and to make your donation. GET HELP: If you are an employee in need, – click here to complete a simple form, detailing your needs. The UWCC team will direct you to resources and financial assistance you may qualify for.
Gold Theatricals – Get your tickets today for “Assisted Living: The Musical!” A Vaudeville-style musical that takes place in a retirement home! THREE SHOWS at the The Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda: May 13 at 2 pm and 7 pm, May 14 at 2 pm (Mother’s Day!) Tickets at: www.goldtheatricals.com or by phone 800.514.ETIX (800.514.3849)
Martella Law Firm – Have you ever lived through the headaches and challenges of handling a probate for a deceased loved one? Would you like to make things easier for your family when you’re gone? If so, give Mark Martella, Esq., of the Martella Law Firm, PLLC a call at 941.867.6865 (or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a complimentary, confidential, one hour consultation to discuss how a Revocable Probate Avoidance Trust can save your family, time, money and headaches.
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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? Join us for our Sunset Social which is held every fourth Friday from 5-7 pm at our Clubhouse, 802 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 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!
Leak Busters Roofing – Free wind mitigation inspection with every complete roof. Do you need help getting the money you deserve from your insurance company? We offer in-house supplementing! Leak Busters Roofing is a trusted provider of residential and commercial roof repairs and replacements. For a free Roof Repair or Replace Estimate, please call our Port Charlotte Showroom, 239.291.9260, or stop by Monday-Friday, 8 am-4 pm, 18501 Murdock Circle, Suite 100, Port Charlotte.
Severy Creek Roofing – Good news! We have concrete and steel coated tile in stock and can deliver and install in less than 9 weeks. email@example.com
All Dry Services of Florida Gulf Coast – Locally owned, our services include water and flood damage, mold remediation, sanitizing and deodorizing, leak detection and air fogging services. Call 703.307.7379
ERTC Refund – Become a Referral Agent and earn $500 for each business you refer to me. The businesses you refer must have been in business before the pandemic and have 5 or more W-2 employees. Think about all the restaurants and retail businesses you visit that you could refer. Also, all the home service businesses, such as cleaners, electricians, home care providers, movers, plumbers, pool servicers and roofers. And don’t forget the bars, car washers, dry cleaners, franchisees, gyms, hotels and senior living facilities. Learn more and get started now – go to my website: www.ercfilenow.com/rf/bobwenz
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Kelting Inspections – A proud partner of Hometown Heroes as we understand that we cannot thank our veterans enough for what they have done for our country. We offer discounts for veterans and active duty military! Call 941.655.8888 to schedule.
St. Vincent DePaul – Open to serve our neighbors in need 9 am-12 noon Monday-Wednesday-Friday at 25200 Airport Rd. Walk-ins welcome, no appointment necessary.
BioCide Labs – We can help with mold removal, treatment and prevention. Our main focus is the mitigation and remediation of water-damaged structures. We will walk you through the entire process over the phone and offer 15% off mold testing and remediation products when you mention the PG Chamber. Call 239.206.2854 or visit BioCideLabs.com
Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.
Parlade Schaefer Schortz CPAs
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.
ShorePoint Health Port Charlotte
Registers patients and processes related paperwork. Duties include interviewing patients, preparing standard registration forms and performing other admission or transfer related tasks. May be expected to perform clerical and secretarial work. Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks. Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent and 1-2 years of work experience in a related field. How to apply: https://www.careershealthcare.com/jobs/335082/admitting-clerk/
Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic
Eligibility Coordinator (Part-time)
This person will be responsible for the accuracy and completeness of all eligibility forms there by ensuring patients meet the eligibility criteria to receive services from our Clinic and Pharmacy. They will work directly with staff, volunteers and patients as well as working with doctors in the community securing their Sovereign Immunity paperwork. This person will have great interpersonal skills, working knowledge of Word and Excel and be able to create spread sheets. Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Drug Free Punta Gorda
The Drug Free Punta Gorda (DFPG) Board of Directors is seeking a highly qualified and dynamic professional to fill the fulltime position of Executive Director, who will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the DFPG staff, initiatives, expansion and execution of its mission. Click here for qualifications, job summary, compensation and how to apply
United Way of Charlotte County
Resource Development Director
We work with a great team, and serve an incredible community. All we need is someone to help us obtain the resources to continue making an impact! Click here for more information:
D.I.S. Tech Services Inc.
IT Support Technician (Part-time)
Employee goes to the Peace River Sculpture and Botanical Gardens for a few hours: Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 am to noon. Can be flexible. Starting at $15/hour. If interested, contact Joshua Montgomery at 217.492.8042 or email email@example.com
Coastal Expressions Wine Bar
Are you looking for a part-time position with a limited menu for easy prepping and execution? Flexible shifts? Excellent opportunity to learn culinary skills. Week days and/or evenings plus Saturdays. Occasional special events. 12-20 hours/week. $12/hour plus tips. Please send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 941.214.8599.
Bags and Brews Adult Charity Cornhole Tournament
Camelot Community Care is hosting a cornhole tournament at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 3. It is our second year hosting this annual fundraiser.
Charlotte County Committee Vacancies
The Environmentally Sensitive Lands Oversight Committee is seeking two citizens of Charlotte County, one in the business of land development and one community representative. The land development term is effective immediately and expires Dec. 31, 2025. The community representative term is effectively immediately and expires Dec. 31, 2023. For an application, email Morgan.Cook@charlottecountyfl.gov.
The Agriculture & Natural Resources Advisory Committee is seeking an individual who is a representative of an agriculturally related activity within Charlotte County. The term is to begin immediately and expire on Dec. 31, 2024. For an application, email Morgan.Cook@charlottecountyfl.gov.
The Board of Zoning Appeals is looking for one volunteer, who must reside in District 5, to be appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals. Upon receiving the application and resume, it will be given to Commissioner Joe Tiseo for review. Email Morgan.Cook@CharlotteCountyFL.gov or call 941-743-1300. The term will begin immediately after approval and will expire November 2024.
The Metropolitan Planning Organization – Citizens’ Advisory Committee is seeking one West County representative. These individuals must be a resident of Charlotte County to serve on the CAC. The CAC reviews and makes recommendations on transportation plans and projects that the MPO Board will consider.
The Metropolitan Planning Organization – Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee is seeking one South County representative. These individuals must be a resident of Charlotte County to serve on the BPAC. The BPAC reviews and makes recommendations on transportation plans and projects that the MPO board will consider.
The Charlotte County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board is seeking one volunteer representing the children at risk; and one disabled representative. The purpose of the LCB is to identify local service needs and to provide information, advice, and direction to the Community Transportation Coordination of service to be provided to the transportation disadvantaged.
The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, July 7, 2023. Visit www.ccmpo.com or contact the MPO for an application. The MPO mailing address is Charlotte County-Punta Gorda MPO, 18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte, Florida 33948. Fax: 941-883-3534 Email: email@example.com. The MPO board will elect the above positions at its Monday, July 17, 2023 meeting.
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 St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950; call 941-575-3600 or e-mail MSBU-TU@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.
Boca Grande Street & Drainage Unit is seeking two members to fill positions with terms through Oct. 31, 2024, and Oct. 31, 2025.
Edgewater North Waterway Unit is seeking one member to fill a position with a term through Oct. 31, 2025.
Englewood East Street & Drainage Unit is seeking two members to fill positions with terms through Oct. 31, 2024 and Oct. 31, 2026.
Gardens of Gulf Cove Street & Drainage Unit is seeking two members to fill positions with terms through Oct. 31, 2024, and Oct. 31, 2025.
Greater Port Charlotte Street & Drainage Unit is seeking one member to fill a position with a term through Oct. 31, 2026.
Gulf Cove Street & Drainage Unit is seeking one member to fill a position with a term through Oct. 31, 2024.
Gulf Cove Waterway Unit is seeking one member to fill position with a term through Oct. 31, 2025.
Harbour Heights Street & Drainage Unit is seeking three members to fill positions with terms through Oct. 31, 2024, Oct. 31, 2025 and Oct. 31, 2026.
Harbour Heights Waterway Unit is seeking three members to fill positions with terms through Oct. 31, 2024, Oct. 31, 2025 and Oct. 31, 2026.
Manchester Waterway Utility Unit is seeking one member to fill a vacant unexpired position with a term through Oct. 31, 2024.
Mid-Charlotte Stormwater Utility Unit is seeking one member to fill a position with a term through Oct. 31, 2024.
Northwest Port Charlotte Waterway Unit is seeking one member to fill a position with a term through Oct. 31, 2025.
Placida Area Street & Drainage Unit is seeking one member to fill a vacant unexpired position with a term through Oct. 31, 2026.
Rotonda Heights Street & Drainage Unit is seeking two members to fill a position with a term through Oct. 31, 2024.
Rotonda Sands Street & Drainage Unit is seeking one member to fill a position with a term through Oct. 31, 2025.
South Burnt Store Street & Drainage Unit is seeking two members to fill positions with term through Oct. 31, 2024 and Oct. 31, 2025.
South Gulf Cove Street & Drainage Unit is seeking one member to fill a position with a term through Oct. 31, 2024.Suncoast Waterway Unit is seeking five members to fill positions with terms through Oct. 31, 2024, Oct. 31, 2025, and Oct. 31,