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Here are the 2016 finalists.

Cascades Park – Tallahassee
Downtown Boca Raton
Downtown Sarasota
Downtown West Palm Beach
The River District – Fort Myers


Do you love strolling down your Street? Shopping, people-watching, eating, or hanging out with friends and family on a beautiful afternoon in your Downtown? Have you ever wanted to say “thank-you” to your favorite park, town square, or nature preserve in your community?

Great Places in Florida is an awards program created to highlight Florida’s Great Places and the communities and people that have created them.
Florida is full of amazing places that keep our communities thriving and make this state a wonderful place to live. Great Places stand out with their exceptional character and lasting value. They are memorable, perhaps even famous, but each deeply cared for and valued. Citizens, planners, business leaders and elected officials work hard to create, sustain and improve the places that we love and enjoy in our cities.
How to submit a Great Place:
Anyone can nominate a Great Place, just fill in the information on the submission form below. With a few words and a couple of pictures, you can nominate your favorite place to be recognized as a shining example to the rest of the state. A Selection Committee will narrow down the nominations. From these finalists, one Great Place will be chosen via a People’s Choice online voting.

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FAQ’s & Resources
Who can nominate a Great Place?

Individuals, organizations, or municipalities can nominate a Great Place in their own community or another community.

Can I submit more than one nomination?

Yes, there is no limit to the number of nominations that a municipality or any organization or individual may submit.

When can I submit my nomination?

Great Places nominations must be submitted by September 23, 2016.

How do I submit my nomination?

Nominations must be submitted online at the following link:

If my Great Places nomination is not selected, can I reapply next year?

Yes, Great Places applicants who are not selected either by the Selection Committee or the People Choice voting can apply again the next year.

If my nomination is selected as the APA Florida Great Places winner, can I reapply next year?

APA Florida Great Places winners are eligible to resubmit their application three (3) years after their win.

How old does the Great Place that I am nominating have to be?

A Great Place should be 10 years or older. This allows a Great Place to reach its stride and build a history of success.

Can I submit my Great Places nomination for the APA National Great Places Award and APA Florida Great Places Award simultaneously?

Yes, Great Places applicants can submit their application to the APA National Great Places and APA Florida Great Places Awards simultaneously.

What is the policy on the use of materials submitted in support of a nomination?

Applicants shall permit the Florida Chapter of APA the use of all materials submitted in support of a nomination for purposes related to the Great Places in Florida program, including use on promotional materials.

Nomination Criteria & Great Places in Florida Program OverviewPress ReleaseGreat Places in Florida Flyer

Nomination Form


For technical assistance with the Great Places in Florida submission, please email:

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