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Sponsorship & Exhibitor Info Packets here.

YPG Needs Great Places Volunteers

YPG Volunteers Needed for Great Places Awards Attention students and young professionals! Looking to get more involved with APA Florida? Good news! We are seeking volunteers for this year’s Great Places in Florida award program. Great Places in Florida focuses on unique, memorable places that work for the good of their community and attract people to visit them.

It is an annual selection of places that represent the gold standard of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement and a vision for tomorrow.

In order to this year’s program to be another great success, we need volunteers like you! Volunteers may assist in soliciting judges and nominations, developing graphics, drafting press releases, creating content for social media, or any other tasks deemed necessary. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Brandon Henry, Young Planners Group Chair, at


Event Calendar

An Unlikely Oasis: Transforming An Old Landfill Into Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point @ Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
Jul 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

New York City is home to the new Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, an 18-hole tournament quality golf course located along the East River at the base of the Whitestone Bridge. On the heels of their successful Granite Links landfill conversion project in Boston, Massachusetts, Florida-based Sanford Golf Design company designed (with Jack Nicklaus) and provided project management services for this unique landfill golf course.

1 AICP CM credit approved

About the speaker: David Ferris is a Registered Landscape Architect in Florida and New York. He earned a Bachelor (’93) and MLA (’96) from Cornell University where he studied under Tom Doak and then Dr. Michael Hurdzan as a recipient of the Donald Ross Society Award. While at Cornell, He conducted university research on the effects Xanthomonas Campestris for use in treating different Bentgrass varieties to achieve control of Poa annua. David has worked for Sanford Golf Design for the past 17 years designing and building golf course in Florida, New York, Massachusetts, Egypt, Puerto Rico, and Japan. Their projects have received numerous golf awards and have been published in ASLA’s Landscape Architect Magazine (Granite Links) and FLASLA’s Florida Landscapes Magazine (Ferry Point). They strive to make all of their projects sustainable, strategic, and significant.

This is a joint effort between the APA Florida Promised Lands Section and the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Please contact ASLA for more information.

Patricia Castellano, ASLA
Cell: 727.638.1952

Summer Social will follow.  Details in flier.


Capital Area Section APA Florida – Quarterly Meeting @ Renaissance Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Aug 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Capital Area Section of APA Florida will be hosting the 3rd Quarter 2016 meeting on August 5, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Conference Room at the Renaissance Center located at 435 N. Macomb Street, Tallahassee, Florida.

There will be a time to meet and greet the Capital Area Section officers and other Capital Area Section members. The Section Bylaws will also be addressed. Members are encouraged to attend and share ideas about what they would like the Section to accomplish and what planning related activities they would like to see in the Capital Area. A light lunch will be provided.

The meeting will be followed by the webinar Planning for Religious Land Uses in an Age of Religious Diversity and Lawsuits. This webinar is approved for 1.5 Law CM Credits.

Planning For Religious Land Uses in an Age of Religious Diversity and Lawsuits @ Renaissance Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Aug 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The Capital Area Section of APA Florida is hosting a live broadcast of the webinar Planning For Religious Land Uses in an Age of Religious Diversity and Lawsuits. The webinar will begin at 1:00 p.m., immediately following the 3rd Quarter 2016 Section Meeting. The webinar has been approved for 1.5 CM Law Credits.

Description of the webinar: 

The Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) has significantly affected communities across the country in the planning process, changing the way that some local governments plan for religious uses.  This program will explore the types of claims that can be brought under RLUIPA and discuss how communities can plan for religious land uses without risking a potential RLUIPA violation.  The presenters will explain several different strategies and approaches that can be used to avoid RLUIPA litigation, including through revisions to local zoning codes and accommodating religious uses when appropriate.  As litigation is sometimes unavoidable, the presenters will discuss the life of an RLUIPA case from start to finish and approaches that they have found to be successful based on their experiences litigating these types of cases.


Gold Coast Section Monthly Executive Board Meeting @ MIami Center for Architecture and Design
Aug 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Gold Coast Section Board meetings

Gold Coast Section Board meetings

All Gold Coast Section members are invited to attend the monthly Executive Board meetings, which generally take place the 1st Saturday of each month, starting at 9:30 am, at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Miami.

Professor Peter Newman Lecture: The End of Automobile Dependence @ Palm Beach Dramaworks Theatre
Aug 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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