A Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Sun Coast Section! We are a division of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA FL) spanning the Gulf Coast counties of Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota. Our goal is to provide our diverse membership with an equally diverse range of professional development, networking and other opportunities. If you are interested in joining APA, please visit the national APA website, www.planning.org.

Your 2017-2018 Section Executive Committee members are looking forward to a great year. We plan to offer a variety of events – some targeted to new planners, some to experienced professionals, but hopefully all will be a benefit no matter where you are in your career. Section leadership is also actively planning several upcoming events with allied organizations throughout the Section. The Section’s ongoing mentoring initiatives, for both students and mid-level professionals, will also be a continued focus for 2017-2018. Should you have any ideas for future events, please reach out to any member of the Executive Committee.

You can also connect with us on Facebook to stay even more connected! To view upcoming events in our section, you can view our calendar here.

Did you know that you can receive our Section newsletter, Horizons Newsletter, as well as other email updates even if you’re not a member?  Contact the Sun Coast Section Communications Officer at suncoastcomm@gmail.com to add your contact to our distribution list.

One of my goals as Chair is to make sure the Section provides a great value for your membership. Please feel free to contact me at any time with your ideas, suggestions or feedback at suncoastfapa@gmail.com or dickensm@plancom.org.

We hope to see you at an event soon!


Melissa Dickens, AICP
Sun Coast Section Chair