Latest News and Events
- Promised Lands Section Update April 3, 2014
The Promised Lands Section has been busy with a number of successful educational activities, and more planned activities for the spring. “Mixed Use Development That Sells” was a very successful event February 21 at Pincher’s Crab Shack in Fort Myers. Two developers spoke about the success of Citrus Square – a mixed use development in Sarasota. About 70+ attended and enjoyed a free lunch. The event brought together a large number of sponsors including the City of Fort Myers and Florida Gulf Coast University.
The Symposium on Land Use is a unique one-day event coming soon to Palmetto Pine Country Club in Cape Coral. The goal is to provide in-depth training for both planning professionals and planning board members who participate in land use decision making and quasi-judicial hearings. Gene Boles FAICP is a featured presenter. The event includes lunch, and is set for Friday May 16, 2014. Five AICP/CM credits are already approved including 1.5 law credits.
Lastly, the Promised Lands Executive Committee Board met March 10, 2014. The Board also approved Mr. Fred Reischl, AICP of Collier County to step in as the new Professional Development Officer. Mr. Joe Irvin, AICP of Marco Island – who served as PDO – announced recently he was leaving Florida to return home to Washington State.
- Annual Meeting & Social January 3, 2014
Thank you for celebrating with us at the Promised Lands Annual Meeting & Holiday Social at Bahama Breeze in Fort Myers.
Congratulations are due to the Roland Eastwood Planner of the Year Julia B. Davis, AICP. She was a fantastic choice for this honor.
Julia is the President of Omnibus Innovations Group, Inc. of Cape Coral and is a consultant on transportation disadvantaged programs and transit planning. She is also the unofficial leader of Reconnecting Lee, an advocacy group for good planning and professional development programming in Lee County.
Julia recently retired from Florida Department of Transportation’s District One office in Fort Myers. She has a distinguished career in planning – including service at the SW Florida Regional Planning Council and Lee Tran.
With help from the local FPZA chapter, our Section collected money at this event and made a $126 cash donation to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of SW Florida. Thank you to FPZA for co-sponsoring this celebration once again.
Thank you to our great Promised Lands members. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you.
Tony Palermo, AICP
Chair, Promised Lands