New Chapter for TOCA Meeting Site as Group Heads for Saddlebrook Resort/Tampa!

By Den Gardner

Executive Director

There have been 27 TOCA annual meetings in 27 different cities. The 28th annual meeting returns to Florida for only the second time – and first time since 1999 in Orlando. And the location in 2017 is the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, FL, our 28th city.Resort-Aerial

Mark these dates on your calendar: May 2-5, 2017.

Additionally, TOCA members will enjoy a first in Tampa in that we will be at a resort. But with golf, tennis, spas, restaurants and bars throughout the complex, members are in for a special treat this year.

After a very successful event in Omaha last year – more than 60+ attendees – the pressure is on to bring an event to Tampa that meets the expectations of its members from professional development to tours to award ceremonies and much more.

The theme of the meeting is still in development. TOCA thanks Bill Brown and his staff at Turf Republic/TR Digital Media  for taking on the two-year commitment of creating a theme for the annual get-together and staging/managing the award program. We will have more information for you at GIE+EXPO regarding the 2017 meeting.5-Chipping-on-18-Terrace

The meeting itself will take on a familiar look for members. There is the traditional board meeting on Tuesday, May 2, in the afternoon. The TOCA Foundation board meeting will also be conducted at this time. Members are always invited to the meeting. The evening will likely feature our optional informal gathering of members at one of the facilities at the resort.

Wednesday morning will be professional development, followed by the golf (on site) or the tour of some of the great horticultural areas of Tampa. Thursday presents more professional development throughout the day. The annual awards dinner and presentation of the best communications work of TOCA will conclude the activities in the evening.

Members may consider staying the weekend at one of the premier resorts in Florida, if not the country. The resort will welcome our members to the many amenities Saddlebrook has to offer.

The 2017 agenda will be more complete by the TOCA breakfast at GIE+EXPO in late October. Watch the TOCA web site:, for more information in the meantime.

See you in Tampa in 2017!

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