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    Business OnLine – February 12, 2018

    February 12, 2018


    From the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce

    Accredited, US Chamber of Commerce, **** Rating

    Serving all of Charlotte County for more than 92 years

    February 12, 2018

    Upcoming Chamber Events:

    Wed., Feb. 14, Networking at Noon, La Fiorentina, 10361 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Please make a reservation in the Chamber store or by calling 627-2222.

    Wed. Feb. 21, 8:00 a.m., Third Wednesday Coffee at Charlotte Sports Park with the Charlotte, Englewood, North Port, Punta Gorda and Venice Chambers

    Thurs. Feb. 22, 5 to 7 p.m., Business Card Exchange, Just Counters & other stuff, 1489 Market Circle, Port Charlotte.

    General Information

    Our 7th Annual Business Expo was a tremendous success.  Special thanks to Platinum sponsor Chapman Insurance Group. Media sponsors: Charlotte SUN/ Sun Coast Media Group, Inc, iHeart Media and MonarchDIRECT. Silver: You’ve Got Maids, Western Michigan University, Punta Gorda. Bronze: Brightstar Care of Venice & Port Charlotte, Farr Law Firm, HELO Wor(l)d Global Network, Millennium Physician Group, Mosaic, Outdoor Republic, Premier Photographic Events, Arthur Rutenberg Homes/Sandstar.  Kick off Party Sponsor; Kingsway County Club.  Breakfast sponsor: W. Kevin Russell, PA, Lanyard:  Chapman Insurance Group, Bag:  WhitCo Insurance Agency, Alexia Martin, DirectConnect, Integrity Employee Leasing, After Party, State Farm Insurance, Brian Chapman, Sr. and Expo chair, Mark Martella, Icard Merrill, Timm, Furen & Ginsberg, PA.  Thanks to everyone who participated.  Mark your calendar for February 7, 2019!

    Join us for Rays Spring Training Chambers Breakfast at Charlotte Sports Park on Wednesday, February 21 at 8:00 a.m. Light breakfast, guest speakers, networking and after breakfast.  Watch Rays pitchers & catchers in the first workout.  ChamberAppreciationFlyer[3] RSVP to the Chamber office 941-627-2222.

    Enjoy the Chambers Appreciation Game on Friday, March 2, the Rays vs the Phillies at Charlotte Sports Park.  Game starts at 1:05p.m. The cost for a Boardwalk ticket & free Draft Beer through the 3rd inning is $17pp.  Call 941-206-3515 or print and fax back the ChamberAppreciationFlyer[3]

    Monday, Feb 12th, 2:00pm & 6:00pm. Charlotte County officials and their consulting team have devised a funding strategy for the re-nourishment of Gulf Beaches.  The initial beach restoration project for Manasota Key is expected to cost more than $23 million. 2:00pm Workshop, Gulf to Bay Clubhouse, 2295 North Beach Road. 6:00pm Workshop, Tringali Park Rec Center, 3460 N. Access Road.  CLICK HERE to learn more about the CHARLOTTE COUNTY BEACH FUNDING PLAN.

    Changes to the Charlotte County Sign Code were adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 23 that became effective upon adoption. The major change made to the code is the reduction in the size, frequency and timeframe of allowable temporary signage, i.e. banners, flags, pennants, etc.  A copy of the official adopted amendment to the Sign Code can be found online at the Planning & Zoning Division web page or www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov. For more information, please contact the Zoning Office at 941.743.1964 or PlanningZoning@CharlotteCountyFL.gov

    This Week’s Happenings has posted. Click here for website • Click here to read online (PDF; printer-friendly) Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau

    Please patronize the Chamber’s Sustaining Partners:  (Click on the links to go to their websites.)

    · Platinum:  Bayfront Health Port Charlotte & Punta Gorda; Buffalo Graffix; Charlotte County Ford; Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center; Charlotte State Bank & Trust; Charlotte Sun/Sun Coast Media Group; Florida SouthWestern State College; Harbor Style Magazine; Integrity Employee Leasing; Monarch Direct; State Insurance Agency – Brian Chapman, Jr.; Strang, Olsen & Lynch, CPAs PA; Tampa Bay Rays/Charlotte Stone Crabs; Waste Management of Charlotte County; Worksite Employee Leasing

    ·  Diamond: Centennial Bank;  Farr Law Firm; Fawcett Memorial Hospital; Nix & Associates Real Estate; Panther Hollow Dental Lodge; St. Andrews South Golf Club; WhitCo Insurance Agency-Alexia Martin;

    ·  EmeraldFreedom Boat Club; Friendly Floors; Nolan Family Insurance; Port Charlotte Florist; Sandhill Healing Centers, Inc.; South Port Square; The Wyvern Hotel; Zaxby’s

    Ribbon Cuttings (to which all members are invited):

    Thurs., Feb. 15, 5:30p.m.,  Wotitzky, Wotitzky, Ross & McKinley, 1107 West Marion Ave., Ste. 111, PG 

    Tues., Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m., Bivens Animal Hospital, 223 Duncan Rd, PG

    Wed., Feb 28, 5:30 p.m., Gasparilla Boat Tours, 15001 Gasparilla Rd., Dock H, Placida (multiple RC with Englewood, North Port & Boca Grande Chambers).

    New Members:

    G & T Complete Services, 3451 Elkrem Ave., NP 34286
    George Hendricks, Ph: 941-302-2378
     tmpbuc@yahoo.com                    

    Chamber Member Events

    The Leadership Charlotte Class of 2018 is selling raffle tickets for our bucket of cheer (over $500.00 worth of cheer.) All proceeds will go to our fundraiser supporting youth in the Charlotte County Public Schools’ Arts Programs.  Tickets are $10. each. They will be drawn at the Chamber Coffee Event at Charlotte Sports Park on February 21st. You don’t need to be present to win.  Please contact or stop by the Chamber’s Port Charlotte office 941-627- 2222 to get your tickets today. 

    Thanks to your support, Fabulous Finds Re-Sale Shop has had one Fabulous year!  Please join us in celebrating Fabulous Find’s Re-Sale Shop First Anniversary! On Friday, February 16th join in the fun with special sales, light appetizers, beverages and entertainment from 5:00pm to 7:30pm.  Fabulous Finds Re-Sale Shop is located at 4265 Tamiami Trail North, Unit N in Port Charlotte.  RSVP to Robin Clark at 941-979-8230 or just stop on by to celebrate One Fabulous Year!!

    Over the Edge for Prevention – how would you like to rappel and SunTrust Building in Murdock to support Drug Free Charlotte County?  You can do it on April 14 if you raise $1,000 or more.  And, if you raise $1,500, you can qualify as an edger and can use a Go-Pro Video camera for the experience.  To learn more visit www.otecwe.com/charlotte-county.

    The Charlotte High Band Boosters present the 6th annual Moonlight Serenade, a delightful evening of dancing to “Big Band Tunes”  on Friday, March 23, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm  at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. Entertainment provided by the Charlotte High School Blue & Gold Jazz Bands. Hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle $30 per ticket or 2 for $50. Tickets can be purchased from your favorite band member, via PayPal at www.silverkingband.com or contact jeana.kukuk@yourcharlotteschools.net, 941-575-5450, ext 1120 or 941-916-2948.

    Dr. Jaimela Dulaney and her staff would like to invite anyone who is interested in achieving optimum health and wellness thru plant based nutrition to the grand opening of their Nutrition Classroom. Please  join us for hors d’ oeuvres on Thursday February 22nd from 4-7 pm. @ 2495 Caring Way Suite C. The focus on the practice is preventing and even reversing life style diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, peripheral vascular disease and auto immune disease. For further information, please call 941-235-9231 or visit @ www.doctordulaney.com

    San Antonio Catholic Church’s Knights of Columbus will hold their 7th Annual Golf Scramble on Sat., Feb. 24 at Port Charlotte Golf Club.  For information, please contact Bill Snow at 624-5427 or Jack Burke at 661-3730.

    Located at the entrance into Laishley Park, the Park experienced the recent dedication of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Staff has worked with community partners to develop a concept plan for Phase II renovations including parking & streetscape, honor walk, mural wall plaza, Purple Heart memorial, donors plaza, and gazebo ceremonial plaza.  We are holding a reception and dinner for Veterans Park Phase 2 hosted by Dr. David Klein with guest speaker Brigadier General “Bud” Bell USAF(Ret.) on February 22 at 6pm at Kingsway Country Club. Contact Stacy Jones with questions: sjones@kays-ponger.com

    Internationally celebrated German violinist, Sabrina-Vivian Hopcker, will perform with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at its concert Sunday evening, February 25th, at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda.  She will play Polish composer Henryk Wieniawski’s “Concerto, Violin, No. 2, Op.22, D minor”, one of the composer’s two most noted and demanding violin concertos.  Ms. Hopcker is a young German violinist who has received international acclaim throughout Europe in recent years.  For further information or tickets, call (941) 205-5996.

    Linethin Productions is hoisting a one hour seminar on Friday, Feb., 17 at 3 pm at the Mid-County Library.  Have a 30 second TV commercial created for your business for free and share it on your business website, social media, etc.  Advertise your business on a full page in a new magazine concept, U Magazine Florida.  You can also advertise your business commercial on the magazine’s website.    RSVP now at www.linethinproductions.com or call 941-800-6889.

    Murdock Stones Etc. is having their 2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Days on Friday 2/16 and Saturday 2/17. There will be refreshments, drawings and coupons.  This will be at our 7621 Sawyer Circle (off Gasparilla Rd. / 771 … look for the World’s Largest Mailbox).  We have a great variety of mulch, boulders, stones, shell, stepping stones, pavers, & more! We offer discounts on bulk products to Charlotte County Chamber members. www.murdockstonesetc.com

    Kays-Ponger & Uselton invite you to Untold Stories of Punta Gorda, a two part documentary series, on Thursday, March 8 from 4 to 7 p.m.  at 635 E. Marion, Punta Gorda. Presentation by local historians at 5 pm.  View an amazing display of local, historical items from the collection of Linda Wilson.  Free, with refreshments.  Donations to the American Cancer Society will be accepted.  Call 639-1133 for more information.,

    Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County’s 10th Annual BaseBall, an evening with the Tampa Bay Rays, Sat., Feb. 24, starting at 6 p.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park.  For ticket information, please visit www.bgcofcc.org or call 235-2472.

    Florida Weekly invites you to Understanding Digital Solutions on Wed., Feb. 28 from 9 to 11 am at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club.  Presented by Pason Gaddis, president and CEO if Florida Weekly, you will learn about the three reasons why advertisers choose FL Weekly digital, email marketing, audience extension, ad retargeting and social marketing.  Call 941-621-3422 or email mhearn@flweekly.com to register. 

    Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) Department of Nursing will hold informational sessions for those interested in the Associate in Science in Nursing degree.  We offer two accredited degree programs – the Associate in Science degree in Nursing (ASN) to prepare entry level Registered Nurses (RN) and the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (RN to BSN). LPNs are offered the Gold Standard pathway as entrance into the ASN degree program. FSW Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda, Building E, Room 113, Tuesday, February 13, noon, Wednesday, March 28, noon. To register, email or call Wendy Morris at Wendy.Morris@fsw.edu or (941) 637-5667.

    The Military Heritage Museum will induct U.S Navy retiree, Captain Roger E. Terault into the Museum’s prestigious Wall of Warriors on Fri., Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Twin Isles Country Club.  Visit www.freedominsntfree.org or call 575-9002 for more details.

    Back by popular demand, Charlotte Players are bringing back The Edwards Twins, Impersonators to the Stars to the Cultural Center on February 13th and February 14th.  Two brothers-100 stars!  Impersonating people from Barbara Streisand, Cher, and Bette Midler to Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, and Elton John. Located at 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte. Tickets are $29 and can be purchased online at www.charlotteplayers.org, or by calling 941-625-4175 Ext. 220.

    Ingman Marine presents CC Habitat’s 10th Annual “Hooked on Habitat” Redfish Tournament. Fish for a cause with Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity. Tournament starts at daybreak on Saturday, April 14th at Laishley Marina.  $350 per boat (max. 3 anglers). Early registration price of $330 until April 6th. *Over $5,500 in total prize payouts based on 30 paid boats. Register at www.charlottecountyhfh.org or call 941-639-3162. Proceeds benefit families in need of safe, decent, affordable homes.

    Who doesn’t love a good food truck rally?! Awesome trucks headed our way for a day of music, motorsports and food!!!! Destination Powersports March Food Truck Rally  on March 24 from 11-3 pm. There will be a variety of Food Trucks featured, so there will definitely be something for everyone. Local band “The Kollections” will be here for the live entertainment. Bring out the whole family! Food, Raffles, Live Music, and Fun!!  Mark your calendars!!  Join us at Destination Powersports, 1110 Tamiami Trail Punta Gorda.

    The Patriot Riders of America Chapter One Florida is hosting a Steelhorse Scavenger Hunt on March 10, 2018. It will start & end at the American Legion Post 110, 3152 Harbor Blvd Port Charlotte. The Patriot Riders of America is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization. All proceeds raised will be going to local veterans. We will have vendors (more are welcome), band, raffles, food, and of course prizes for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd. Please click on the link for more information; Patriot Riderss\2nd Annual Patriot Scavenger  Hunt(2).pdf  www.patriotridersofamerica.org.

    The Charlotte Chorale presents: “Gabrieli to Gershwin”  concert, accompanied by the professional orchestra. March 3 at 4:00PM at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center,  701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda. To order tickets, please call:  941-204-0033. Price:  $25.00 adults, $10.00 Students

    Join the Charlotte County Community Services Department and the Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing Center for the second annual “Come Sail Away” event. This free event will introduce participants to the excitement, thrills and joy of sailing in Charlotte County’s own beautiful Charlotte Harbor. “Come Sail Away” will take place Saturday, March 3 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Port Charlotte Beach Park, 4500 Harbor Blvd. in Port Charlotte. Call 941-627-1628 to register; registration ends Feb. 23 and spaces are limited. For more information contact Marc Solomon, at 941-627-1628, ext. 103 or marc.solomon@CharlotteCountyFL.gov .    

    The Phantoms of the Orchestra, a volunteer group which supports the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, is holding its monthly Composer’s Luncheon of this concert season on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm at the Punta Gorda Woman’s Club, 118 Sullivan Street, and is open to the public. Guests are welcome. The luncheon program will feature a presentation about some of the composers who will be on the orchestra’s March program. Make your reservation by calling the Symphony Office at 941-205- 5996 by noon on Tuesday, February 27th.

    Habana Nights – Join us for a sizzling night of Latin dancing, hosted by Higher Ground Performing Arts on Saturday, February 17th 2018 from 7:30 PM – 11:30PM at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Center, 2001 Shreve Street. Proceeds will benefit the Inspire the Arts Foundation. The event will include hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing and a complimentary Salsa lesson from Higher Ground @ 8:00pm.   Cash bar. $20/Person. Suggested attire: casual evening (Guayaberas, Cocktail Dresses). For sponsorship, to purchase tickets, or more info contact: Higher Ground at (941) 625-3622 or visit www.highergroundperformingarts.net

    Heritage Oaks Presents Music on The Lawn – “Cupid Serenades.”  Heritage Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care presents our new monthly concert series, Music on the Lawn. Thursday February 22nd from 5pm to 7pm at Heritage Oaks – 7374 San Casa Blvd, Englewood, FL.   Open to the public, refreshments and lite hors d’oeuvres provided.  .  Call Today to RSVP 941-698-2600.

    Join us for a series of quality music concerts at the Mid-County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Boulevard, ranging from bluegrass to American roots to steampunk to ragtime to jazz. All concerts begin at 6 p.m. and are free. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information call 941.613.3192 or visit http://www.youseemore.com/charlottecounty/ Thursday, Feb. 15 – The Steampunk Stompers; Wednesday, Feb. 21 – Wild Carrot; Tuesday, March 20 – Sonny and Perley Trio; Wednesday, March 21 – Charlotte County Jazz Society.

    Charlotte State Bank & Trust’s free “Do You Know?” seminars take place this week from 10-11:30 a.m. at the bank’s Murdock office, 1100 Tamiami Trail: “Do you know how and when ‘power of attorney’ is used?” Tuesday, Feb. 13; “Do you know how investment costs and risks are calculated?” Wednesday, Feb. 14; “Do you know how your estate can avoid probate?” Thursday, Feb. 15. Presented by bank vice president Christine Hause, the seminars are free but require advance registration at any bank office or by contacting Francine Wargo at 941-624-1944 or fwargo@csbtfl.com.

    Announcing the first annual Peace River Revival on Saturday, April 7 in Laishley Park.  The Festival will feature Lukas Nelson and The Promise of The Real, The Devon Allman Project featuring Duane Betts, Donna the Buffalo and much more. Please feel free to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the great music, food trucks and vendors! Limited VIP tickets available.  Click here to purchase ticketS. www.edgewatereventsllc.com 

    FunkFest’s party is so notorious, we had to add another day with more music and entertainment. FunkFest 9 on March 2nd & 3rd is sure to be weekend to remember. 15 bands, Funk Fest official schedule, on two stages, more vendors, more excitement!  For Tickets and information visit www.funkfestpuntagorda.com

    The Charlotte Chorale is proud to welcome 8 new voices to its lineup: Heather Baker, Mike Mumma, Marjorie Rupert, Heidi Beaudine, Linda Johnson, Dodie Reineck, Susan O’Brien, Monica Babcock. These new singers will make the Chorale’s March 3, 2018 concert:  “Gabrieli to Gershwin”, even more wonderful.  The concert on Saturday, March 3, will be held at the Charlotte Performing Art Center, 701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda, at 4:00PM. It will be accompanied by a professional orchestra. To order tickets, please call:  941-204-0033

    The Charlotte–DeSoto Building Industry Association Parade of Homes is March 3-11 with homes in Babcock Ranch, Englewood, North Port, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda.  Visit www.swflparadeofhomes.com

    King Fisher Fleet, headquartered at Fishermen’s Village, will offer a 1-hour Harbor Tour departing from Burnt Store Marina for a limited time this season. The tours will depart every Friday from February 16 through April 6 at 11:30 am. This 1-hour cruise in the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve includes historical narrative, and you’ll look for dolphins, seabirds, and other wildlife. Burnt Store Marina is located at 3200 Matecumbe Key Road, Punta Gorda. For reservations or more information about this cruise, call (941) 639-0969, or visit http://www.kingfisherfleet.com/cruises-harbor-tour-burnt-store.

    There’s No Place Like Home….. Celebrate Charlotte County Habitat’s 30th Anniversary, Spring Fling Gala! Join us for a Night in Oz, Saturday, May 12, 2018 @ 6 p.m., Isles Yacht Club. eOver the rainbow casino-style entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing and cash bar. Formal attire suggested, $125 per person, for more information visit. www.charlottecountyhfh.org or call 941-639-3162. Proceeds benefit Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity.  In celebration of our 30th year in Charlotte County, we appreciate your support as we help 30 families achieve the dream of affordable home ownership this year.   

    An introductory course in Florida Fishing is being offered at the PGI Civic Association. Topics include fishing techniques, tackle selection, rigging, knot tying, lures, baits, tides, and fishing regulations.  Rods, reels, lures, nets and other fishing equipment will be demonstrated.  The instructor is fishing guide Capt. Ralph Allen. The course is open to the public and is held on Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Wednesday, February 21. The cost is $45 and advance registration is recommended by calling 941-637-1655.

    The 39th Powder Puff Charity Classic Golf Tournament is on February 16, 17, 18, 2018 at the Port Charlotte Golf Club.  This three-day event, Charlotte County’s largest women’s golf tournament, is recognized as one of the best amateur women’s tournaments in Florida.  All proceeds from our 2018 tournament will be donated to your local Tidewell Hospice.  We need your help with sponsorship, raffle items, goodies for 130 goodie bags and playing.  Contact Stacy Jones, SJones@kays-ponger.com.

    Please join Florida Gulf Coast University at the Charlotte Sports Park on Feb. 20 from 10 am to noon for a program, Building Bridges thru Baseball.  Speakers include: Dr. Martin, President of FGCU (Video); Ken Kavanagh, Director of FGCU Athletics; Dave Tollet, native son of Charlotte County, and current FGCU baseball coach; Mario Leon, captain of the FGCU baseball team; Steve Dionisio, Supt. of Charlotte County Schools and Jared Forma, Manager, Charlotte Sports Park.  There will also be a meet and greet and lunch, provided by Cheney Brothers.

    Dancing with the Charlotte Stars, the most fun fundraiser in Charlotte County, is gearing up for its March 9, 2018, event with 8 local celebrities and four dance studios. Since 2009, 52 celebrities have raised more than $243,000 at this signature event of Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County (Charlotte Arts). Proceeds support arts in education grants and other local arts and humanities programming. Go to www.DancingWithTheCharlotteStars.org/ to learn more and vote for your favorite dancer. Join the fun and support the arts and humanities in Charlotte County!

    One hour seminar event by LineThin Productions on Friday, Feb. 17 at 3pm at the Mid-County Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte.  Have a 30 second TV commercial on your business website, social media and on national TV.  Advertise your business on a full page in a new magazine concept U.Magazine Florida for free.  You will also be able to advertise your free 30 secont TV commercial on U.Magazine Florida website.  Space is limited, R.S.V.P. now on linethinproductions.com or call 941-800-6889. 

    Chamber Member News

    G&T Complete Pressure Washing Services: We would like to introduce ourselves, George and Tammie Hendricks. George is originally from Philadelphia, but has been a Charlotte County area resident for over 18 years. Tammie was born and raised here. We have been in business for the past 3 years together and growing. We are excited to be a part of the Charlotte County Chamber and we would love to give a 20% discount to any Chambers members for pressure washing of your business or home, pool cage, driveway. Contact George, 941-302-2378.

    Rays spring training at Charlotte Sports Park will begin on Friday, February 23 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The full home schedule is available now at www.raysbaseball.com/spring. Place a deposit now to reserve your priority for the best seating locations. Season tickets start at just $258 and provide access to the best seats at the best prices, and other great benefits. Visit raysbaseball.com/spring or call 888-FAN-RAYS. Single Game Tickets go on sale Friday, January 12 at 10 a.m. at raysbaseball.com/spring, and at the Charlotte Sports Park box office on Saturday, January 13 at 10 a.m.

    Stone Crabs Flex and Mini Plans are available for purchase. We offer a variety of plans to fit any budget! New this season is the Tiki Thursday Mug Club and the Mini Fireworks Plan. Save over 20% with each plan! To find out more details or to download an order form, click here.

    There are legal consequences for employers who conduct background checks not in accordance with rules established under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  The FCRA allows individuals who feel wronged in the screening process to sue an employer in federal court.  The plaintiff may recover court costs and legal fees and may seek punitive damages for deliberate violations.  The law also allows relevant federal agencies and states to sue the employer for non-compliance and to obtain civil penalties.  Contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at NRG Background Checks for additional info.  941-488-8500;  800-531-6522;  nrginfo@atlantic.net

    Meet “Gizmo”, a 5 yr. likes attention, but not too much. She lived in a quiet home with a senior lady and another cat. She has always been an indoor cat, but enjoyed being out in the lanai watching the birds and soaking up some sunshine. Suncoast Humane Societyhttp://petango.com/Adopt/Cat-Domestic-Shorthair-37458240

    Heritage Oaks Assisted Living & Memory Care. Call us today to find out more about our studio suites for only $2,995 a month.  You can also view photos of our model apartments as well as a virtual tour of the community at www.heritageoaksliving.com. Call Chris at 941-698-2600 to schedule a tour and have lunch on us.

    Fishermen’s Village invites you to celebrate the Sunset at the Village. . . choose our spacious center court for an evening rendezvous!  Enjoy shopping, dining, drinks and live music most nights!    Or, in the mood for a more serene setting?  Visit our new dry beach, located to the left of our front entrance.  Very picturesque.   Bring your chair and enjoy a perfect sunset with us!   Shops/Boutiques are open until 8 pm and restaurants open later. www.fishville.com.

    Take advantage of great rates! Book your tee time today at Heron Creek Golf & Country Club, 941-423-6955.

    Stop by any Charlotte State Bank & Trust office before Valentine’s Day and play the bank’s annual guessing game. Fill out an entry form and guess the total number of chocolates in a four-jar display. The person at each office who comes closest to the actual number without going over will win the candy and the Mason jars.

    Charlotte County Natural Resource Department will be conducting free guided walks and programs in February 2018. Unless noted, all walks begin at 9:00 AM.  For locations, directions or further information, call Cedar Point Environmental Park at 941-475-0769 WWW.CHECflorida.org.

     Save the date:  Pedal and Play in Paradise, March 9 & 10, 2018, A Cycling Celebration in Punta Gorda, pedalandplayinparadise.comTEAM Punta Gorda.

    The Charlotte County Tourist Development Council (TDC) is receiving applications for the 2018 Summer and Annual Event Development Program.  The application is available on-line at www.PureFlorida.com/tdc/edp.  Applications for consideration at the March 2 meeting of the TDC are due no later than February 22 by email to Brynja.Phipps@charlottecountyfl.gov or by personal delivery to 1700 Tamiami Trail, G-2, Port Charlotte.   Applications for review at the May 4 meeting of the TDC, contingent upon available funds (the TDC will continue to receive applications until program funds have been expended) are due no later than April 28.

    Job Spot

    General Surgery Practice of Dr. John Guarino and Dr. Maria Castilla: Medical Front Desk Receptionist / Biller is needed for our busy surgical practice. Tasks include multitasking with phone lines, checking patients in and out, scheduling appointments, verifying insurance, verifying benefits, obtaining authorizations, assisting in medical records. This position demands multiple responsibilities and you must be a friendly team player. We offer excellent benefits for this full time position. Please email your resume to the practice administrator Brooke Bulifant at guarinomdmanager@comcast.net.

    Just for fun

    Wife texts husband on a cold winter’s morning:

    “Windows frozen, won’t open.”

    Husband texts back:
    “Gently pour some lukewarm water over it and gently tap edges with hammer.”

    Wife texts back 5 minutes later:
    “Computer really messed up now.”

     

    Do you have exciting information about YOUR business?  Send it to the Chamber and we’ll share it with our other members! Email news about your business to Julie Mathis at jmathis@charlottecountychamber.org.  Please keep it to 90 words or fewer. We reserve the right to publish as well as edit any posting. BOL goes out weekly on Mondays; please email your news by the preceding Friday. 
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    Julie Mathis
    Executive Director
    Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
    311 West Retta Esplanade
    Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
    941-639-2222
    jmathis@charlottecountychamber.org

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