Latest News and Events
- Sun Coast Mentoring Programs – MAPS and CAMPs Help Guide Students and Mid-Level Professionals March 8, 2018
The Sun Coast Section offers two opportunities for mentoring and coaching:
The Mentor a Planning Student (MAPS) program matches USF Masters of Urban and Regional planning students with area practitioners. This program typically runs from October to May.
The MAPS program is a partnered initiative between the University of South Florida Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program and the APA Florida Sun Coast Section. Originally launched in 2015, the program has successfully matched over 100 planners and students, benefiting both students and the local planning community. The program extends from October to May. Perks include enhanced internship recruitment, local talent retention, and leadership development for both mentor and mentee. Student mentees value the program because they gain exposure to different career paths and professionals. The practitioner community enjoys the rewards of mentoring as well as the opportunity to connect with future talent.
MAPS information, application and checklists can be downloaded here.
Career Advancement for Mid-Level Planners (CAMPs) provides coaching for mid-level planners interested in career advancement. These planners are matched with local planning executives and leaders.
The CAMPs program runs annually from May to November. The program is based on the successful launch of the section’s MAPS program and is open to mid-level planners in the Sun Coast Section who are interested in growing their careers through a “match” in a voluntary coaching program. This program is open to a wide variety of career objectives, including; transitioning into management, enhancing leadership capabilities, and becoming a more effective and successful planner. This guidebook is designed to provide ideas and suggestions for a successful coaching relationship.
CAMPs information, application and checklists can be downloaded here.
- Sun Coast Planner Honored For Historic Preservation Efforts February 13, 2018
Marilyn Hett, AICP, was the recipient of the 1st Regional Impact Excellence Award given by the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Tampa Bay honoring an individual who played a pivotal role in a project, organization or campaign which had a significant and measurable positive impact on the community.
The Regional Impact Award honors one dedicated to promoting regional economic development and fostering a unified and prosperous greater Tampa Bay region. Ms. Hett managed the Historic Preservation Challenge Grant program with more than $6 million invested in over 70 historic buildings, sites and heritage tourism projects in Hillsborough County.
- 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 major cities ...