Promised Lands Section


Dave Loveland, AICP, finally receives his 2022 Roland Eastwood Planner of the year plaque at the Standard in Fort Myers. This was at the Promised Lands/FPZA Holiday Party.


Thursday December 7 downtown Fort Myers. All are welcome! Enjoy the Holidays with the Promised Lands.

2024-2025 Slate of Promised Lands Officers

Congratulations to the 2024-2025 officers of APA Florida's Promised Lands Chapter.

  • Chair : Laura Tefft
  • Vice Chair : Lindsay Robin, AICP
  • Secretary : Katie Woellner, AICP
  • Treasurer : Chris Scott, AICP
  • Immediate Past Chair : Jason Green, AICP

Installation of new officers was at the annual Holiday Party in December.

WARPED TOUR 2023 “THE PERFECT STORM EIGHT MONTHS OUT: A Symposium for Professional Planners, Design Professionals, Planning Commissioners & Regular People” - was a roaring success.

Thank you to our sponsors, speakers and participants - especially Max Forgey, AICP and Jordan Hester.


A Symposium for Professional Planners, Design Professionals, Plan Commissioners & Regular People Friday May 12 - 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

At Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center 75 Taylor St. Punta Gorda, Florida.

Presented by Promised Lands Section of American Planning Association (APA) Florida Chapter and Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA) Calusa Chapter.

Approved for 6.0 AICP/CM credits including 1 Law and 1 Sustainability.

Warped Tour 2023: The Perfect Storm Eight Months Out is a planning symposium for professional planners, design professionals and regular people in Punta Gorda, Florida sponsored by the Promised Lands Section of APA Florida and the Calusa Chapter of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA). It is an all day educational and social event for the professional planner and other interested parties at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor St. Punta Gorda. There will be oportunities for question and answer, and an evaluation of the program. The intent is to educate our membership about planning, water issues, emergency management, land use law, sustainability and resilience, zoning, and more. 

Individual elements of the program, as of now is below: “Land Use Law for Planners & Design Professionals: Everything You Need to Know in 90 Minutes";  “The 2023 Florida Legislative Session & The Great Disconnect” ; “The Long Term Impacts of Hurricane Ian on South Florida’s Water Resources”;  “Lessons Learned from a Perfect Storm. Six Perspectives (Hurricane Ian of 2022). Speakers include professional planners, local officials, land use attorneys and a key note by Chauncey Goss,  the Chair of the South Florida Water Management District.

Chauncey Goss is the founder and managing partner of Goss Practical Solutions – a firm that provides federal fiscal policy analysis and budget forecasting. Prior to starting the firm, Goss served as Deputy Staff Director and Director of Budget Review for the House Budget Committee in Washington, DC. As a long-time resident of Southwest Florida, Goss first became involved with water quality issues when he worked as the Executive Director of the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association on Boca Grande in the early 1990s.

Yay Promised Lands

At the Holiday Party in Fort Myers we raised over $600 for the Harlem Heights Hurricane Ian Relief Foundation.

Thank you for all those who contributed!

Land use attorney Mike Haymans plays a song at the Swamp Peddlers Symposium in Punta Gorda Aug. 6, 2021.

Jason Vuic at the Swamp Peddlers Symposium in Punta Gorda. Thank you to all the APA Florida and FPZA members who worked hard on this wildly successful in person program.