Atlantic Coast Section

Join us on Dec. 12 for holiday party; RSVP by Dec. 6

Planning Officials Training Workshop on Sept. 21

Are you an appointed advisory board member, elected official, or an employee of a local government who is eager to learn more about making local planning, zoning, and related recommendations or decisions?  

If so, then this one-day workshop, organized by the APA Florida Atlantic Coast Section, is tailored just for you!   

Attendees will receive basic instruction and information about ...   

  • Planning principles and processes
  • Responsibilities of various advisory boards
  • Legal considerations
  • How to be an effective board member
  • How to run an effective board meeting
  • Public participation methods
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Design
  • Economics of new development/redevelopment
  • Growth management techniques
  • Current and emerging trends
  • Transportation Planning

Each participant will receive a Certificate of Completion and copies of all materials presented during the workshop.

Download event flier pdf here.


Wednesday, Sept. 21  |  8 am - 4:30 pm  

Fellsmere City Hall  |  21 South Cypress Street  | Fellsmere, FL  32948

Breakfast and lunch will be provided

Doors open at 8 am for check in, networking, and breakfast. The program will be promptly at 8:30 am. 

Questions? Contact  Rebeca A. Guerra, AICP, LEED-AP,  CPD at or (772) 226-1258

AICP Credits will be available for the event.


Registration ends Tuesday, Sept. 20

Cost is $20 per person.  (Included breakfast and lunch.)


Eco Tour Marine Discover Center on March 18

A dolphin and estuary tour on board the  pontoon boat, Discovery.  Get a chance to view estuary wildlife from a unique perspective on the water.  The tour gives insightful information about the types of estuary projects that under the auspices of the Marine Discovery Center, including oyster bed restoration, sea grass planting and water quality projects.  

Event details:

  • March 18 from 2 - 4 pm; registration begins @ 1:30 pm or register here.
  • $30 - FPZA/APA members
  • $40 - nonmembers

Eau Gallie Arts District Mural Walking Tour: Lessons on Planning for Public Art

Join fellow planners on a two hour walking tour of murals in the Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD) in Melbourne, Florida. This tour will provide attendees with the opportunity to personally experience large-scale public art and learn from a local planning professional, artist, and architect on best practices for allowing and encouraging murals in your community. In addition to learning about the art and artists responsible for the murals, there will be an in-depth conversation that includes topics such as: the history of Melbourne's mural and sign ordinances, lessons learned, planning challenges that had to be overcome, and legal considerations. 

Open dialogue and questions are encouraged during the mural tour. This free two hour tour will require participants to be able to walk more than one mile and is outdoors. Limited to 15 participants with previous registration required. Registration is limited to APA members through February 24, at which time registration will open to non-APA members. Immediately following the tour will be a social at Intracoastal Brewing Company.

1.75 CM credits pending.

When: Thursday, March 10, from 2 - 4 pm

Where: Tour will begin and end at Intracoastal Brewing Company, 652 W. Eau Gallie Blvd, Melbourne, FL

  • Kelly Hyvonen, AICP: Principal Planner with Land Development Strategies, previously employed as a planner with the City of Melbourne
  • Carl Kaiserman: Architect, Board Secretary for Spacecoast Chapter of the AIA
  • Nancy Dillen: Artist and retired art educator

QUESTIONS AND REGISTRATION: Kelly Hyvonen, AICP, Professional Development Officer or  612-710-9296