Latest News and Events
- November 2017 Horizons Newsletter December 4, 2017
- A Welcome from the Chair December 4, 2017
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you at an event soon!
Melissa Dickens, AICP
Sun Coast Section Chair
- Meet our Section Annual Sponsor – Mark S. Bentley, Esq., B.C.S., AICP December 4, 2017
A tremendous thank you to Mark Bentley and Johnson Pope for their continued support of the Sun Coast Section as the Annual Sponsor. Below please find some information about our annual sponsor:
Mark Bentley is a partner at Johnson Pope in its Tampa office and practices in the areas of land use, eminent domain, administrative law and property rights. He represents both local governments and private property owners in land use and eminent domain matters. Mark has taught land use law as an adjunct professor for the University of South Florida’s Urban and Regional Master’s Degree Program, and now serves on the program’s Urban Planning Advisory Board. He is a former City Planning Director and has been a member of AICP since 1989. In 2001, Mark received the Suncoast Section’s Chairman’s Award, then in 2009, Mark received the Suncoast Chapter’s Planner of the Year Award, and in 2017, he received the Section’s Distinguished Service Award. Mark also serves as a special master involving disputed land use cases under Florida’s Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution Act. He is a frequent speaker at various seminars and events in the Tampa Bay area, as well as throughout the state of Florida and nationally, primarily focusing on eminent domain and land use law.
Johnson Pope is a full service firm that has been serving the Tampa Bay Area for over four and a half decades and is committed to helping its clients seize opportunities and solve problems through high quality representation in a timely and economical manner. The firm and its lawyers regularly receive awards attesting to its capabilities and results obtained for its clients, and notably, it is the only law firm on Florida’s West Coast providing full service offices in all three ...