Since the middle of March, as you would expect, our famed networking came to a rapid halt. As the state starts to re-open, we have been looking for ways of how our Breakfast, Lunch and After Hours activities might return, in a new format fitting the new protocols that are in place. On Tuesday, June 30, our networking is set to TAKE OFF. We have designed a fun, socially distanced gathering from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Isles Yacht Club, which, for that evening, will be transformed into our very own FLIGHT, set for Take Off. You will be invited to join the fun as we travel together on a new journey, full of surprises. Upon check-in, you will be allocated your reserved seat, treated to a pre-flight beverage and served with individual in-flight snacks. There will be in-flight entertainment and some lucky passengers will be invited to the cockpit to make their own announcements over the loudspeaker! We are sure that many will take this opportunity to dress for the occasion, ensuring that all carry-ons can be located under the seat in front of you. Reservations for this short flight are limited. Economy seats are $30: First Class seats are $35 (10 seats) guaranteeing upfront seating, an extra bag of chips and a photo op with the captain! To make your reservation, please call 941-639-3720 between 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce has re-opened its doors to the public. We are asking that ALL visitors have masks and there is a new entry bell system that allows for one individual or family unit to enter at one time, so we can manage social distancing at its maximum. As well as the Chamber Offices, we also act as receptionist for the Executive Suites that are behind our offices, so we have worked with those business owners to ensure access to their offices, while maintaining a safe distance between visiting guests. Our offices are currently open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those needing information, but we are also available 24/7 through our website . Enquiries are starting to roll back in to the office and many of them are related to re-openings and if special protocols are in place at these businesses. It would be extremely useful if our members could email , Octagon Wildlife Center, Fedora’s Cigar Bar, Charlotte Technical College, TravelEase and Florida Skin Center. You are all heroes to us this week. Thank you for being a valued member.

John R. Wright is president of the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce jrwright@puntagorda-chamber.com.

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