This week, St. Pete to host Coastal Cities Summit II: "Sharing Solutions of Success"

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Coastal Cities Summit II: Sharing Solutions of Success” selects St. Petersburg as its host city. The summit will take place at the Hilton Bayfront,Tuesday through Thursday.

According to the Coastal Cities website, today, about 40% of the global population lives in coastal cities. The population is projected to reach over eight billion people by 2050, which has significant implications for the coastal ecosystem stability, human health, and economic vitality. Coastal cities share a common need to support smart urban development and economic growth while maintaining the health of local ecosystems.

The Summit will provide a venue in which to discuss risks, environmental vulnerabilities, smart growth opportunities and provide information about innovative programs and approaches that communities are implementing to preserve and restore natural assets.

The summit is co-hosted by the International Ocean Institute – USA, University of South Florida and the City of St. Petersburg. The St. Petersburg Ocean Team has helped provide a powerful lineup of summit track presentations.

For those not familiar with the St. Petersburg Ocean Team, it is the premier consortium for marine science, oceanographic, and environmental research agencies and institutions in the Southeast and one of the top such industry clusters in the nation.

As for the summit, the “Coastal Cities Summit II:  Sharing Solutions for Success,” is designed to provide the latest  information on planning for coastal risks, community resiliency, smart growth  and other critical issues that affect not only St. Petersburg, Pinellas County,  and the Tampa Bay region, but other worldwide coastline communities.

Guest presenters have been gathered from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Spain, Guatemala, Barbados, Germany, and the Netherlands to share their insights.

Major Summit Tracks include:

  • Rethinking Tourism: Sustaining  Economic Development and the Environment
  • Insurance: Calculating Risks and  Improving Post-Disaster Recovery
  • Supporting and Directing Growth  with Effective Transit Planning
  • Infrastructure Vulnerability  Assessments and Adaptation Planning
  • Urban Design and the Bottom Line

If you are interested in participating, please note that early-bird registration ends on March 31st and includes a $200 savings. Also, APA Florida members receive a special discount, and the Summit’s tracks qualify toward earning continuing education credits (CEC). For more information about the Summit and to register, please visit

About the summit

At the Coastal Cities Summit II, Counterpart International, recently awarded top honors from Nonprofit PR, will share insights about its award winning, innovative community-run tourism program.

The track entitled “Rethinking Tourism: Sustaining Economic Development and the Environment,”  will be presented by Rony Mejia, Guatemala Country Director for Counterpart International.

Mejia designed and manages the Guatemala  Community Tourism Alliance, which creates and supports community-based  enterprises in rural areas. Since its 2007 inception, the Alliance has  created more than 1,000 sustainable jobs and generated more than $15M in new sales revenue for small businesses.

In addition to economic development the  program integrates small and medium-sized tourism enterprises into a larger  plan to help communities co-manage and conserve cultural and natural resources  through tourism.

For a preview of the content being shared during the Summit’s “Rethinking Tourism” track, please view Counterpart’s  award-winning video online.

Via Daphne Street.  You may reach Daphne at [email protected].

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.