About the Treasure Coast Section

Welcome to the Treasure Coast!

The Treasure Coast Region is quite diverse in its landscape and natural features. The coastal areas of the region are both heavily populated and developed while western portions of the region remain rural with significant environmental and agricultural influences. The region is home to portions of Lake Okeechobee, the northern extent of the Everglades, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, The Savannahs, and the St. Lucie and Loxahatchee Rivers.

The Treasure Coast Section includes the four counties of Palm Beach. Martin, St. Lucie, and Okeechobee and 48 cities/towns/villages (39 in Palm Beach County, five in Martin County, three in St. Lucie County, and one in Okeechobee County.)

The major population center of the Region is the heavy urbanized coastal area of Palm Beach County from Jupiter  in the north to Boca Raton in the south; including the central City of West Palm Beach, as well as Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, and Delray Beach. Although this older coastal area remains foremost, a great deal of the recent population growth has occurred to the west of coastal cities in unincorporated areas and in relatively new local jurisdictions such as Greenacres, Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and Jupiter in Palm Beach County; and Port St. Lucie in St. Lucie County. In 2000, just under half of the population of the Region lived in unincorporated areas, in 1990 this percentage was just over half, and was only 34 percent in 1970.

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

Position Name
Chair Kori Benton, AICP
Vice Chair Lindsay Libes, AICP
Immediate-Past Chair Josh Long, AICP
Secretary Jennifer Vail, AICP
Treasurer Tyler Woolsey, AICP
At Large Representative Erin Wohlitka
At Large Representative Jeff Gagnon, AICP
At Large Representative Leslie Olson, AICP
At Large Representative Irene Szedlmayer, AICP
At Large Representative Alec Dickerson
Professional Development Officer Henry Bittaker, FAICP
Communications Officer Samantha Kanach, AICP-C
Programs (CM) Officer Susan Coughanour, FAICP
FAU Faculty Representative Jesse Saginor, AICP, Ph.D
Legislative Committee Mark Satterlee, AICP
Emerging Planners Group Roya Edwards, AICP
FAU Mentorship Program Representative Yexsy Schomburg