About the Atlantic Coast Section

Welcome to the Atlantic Coast!

The Atlantic Coast Section is a professional non-profit organization serving the members of APA, APA Florida, and the Section residing within Brevard, Indian River, and Volusia Counties. Our purpose is to advance the art and science of planning through the sharing of information, ideas, and experience. Our mission is to bring the benefits of National and Chapter membership to the local level by creating opportunities for professional development, continuing education, networking, and socializing.

The Atlantic Coast Section has approximately 150+ members among the three counties. Our members are professional planners, students, appointed planning board officials, city and county officials, private sector consultants, real estate professionals, and others interested in the planning profession and the positive impact planning can have along the East-Central Florida coast.

The section hosts events in each county throughout the year, most notably the annual Planning Commissioner’s two-day training session and the annual section membership meeting and holiday party. In 2017, the section hosted the APA-FL annual state conference in Daytona Beach. In 2018, we participated in the chapter’s “Circuit Rider” speaker program with nationally recognized urbanist Joe Minicozzi. The Atlantic Coast Section also partners with other local organizations such as VCARD and FPZA Surfcoast Chapter to provide AICP/CM credits to our members.

The Atlantic Coast Section Executive Committee meets monthly to plan these events and conduct section business. Being active in the section, whether as an officer or a volunteer, provides opportunities for leadership and professional growth. If you are interested and would like to help, please contact us using the form below.

You can stay up to speed with Atlantic Coast Section news and announcements by signing up for our free e-mail newsletter, even if you’re not a member. Please contact us to sign up. We hope to hear from you soon!


Bradley Parrish, AICP
Atlantic Coast Section Chair

Atlantic Coast Section Bylaws

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Contact us

Comments or questions are always welcome. Below is a roster of our section leadership. You can fill out this contact form to get a hold of us. 

Position Name
Chair Brad Parrish, AICP
Vice Chair John Cooper
Secretary Sarah Kraum
Treasurer Michael Hill
Communications Karen M. Black, AICP
Professional Development Officer Kelly Hyvonen, AICP
Volusia County Liaison Stephanie Doster
Brevard County Liaison David Lindemann, AICP
Indian River County Liaison Chris Balter
EPG Kyle Harris, AICP Candidate