The President's Message: Start Planning Now to Attend Conference in September!
The Community Papers of Florida Board of Directors has elected to return to the Marriot Hutchinson Island Resort & Marina for the 2018 annual conference.

This will be our fourth visit to this location, which has all the recreational activities that made Florida famous. The hotel is located on a marina and its beach property is a short distance away. The hotel provides a shuttle service to the beach and back to the hotel. If you're in a shopping mood, downtown Stuart is a haven for shops and restaurants on the river.

If you want to sharpen up your golf or tennis skills, the hotel is offering attendees complimentary golf balls at the resort's driving range and unlimited tennis court time, including use of equipment.

Our members planning to attend can expect another great training program, the opportunity to rub elbows with peers in the free paper business, some great food and beverages, and to take home some awards in the "Awards for Excellence" annual competition. There will also be a chance to win some money.

The board of directors has appointed a conference committee to start working on the agenda. We are always looking for ideas so if you have some to share, send an email to the CPF office at

Despite the revenue drop that the association has experienced, CPF is going to continue to pick up the lion's share of the costs for those attending. There will continue to be limits on the number of attendees from each member that the association will pay for. Those limits will be included in the registration forms. If members want to send additional attendees, they will be charged the full rate of the hotel and meal costs.

At last year's conference, CPF charged those attending $59.50 per room night. Estimated costs for attending, including food and beverages, was over $350 per person. Once again the board has agreed to charge each member just $59.50 per room night.

The best way you can help CPF continue to provide the benefits of a conference is to get involved with the classified network and sell an ad or two. The association benefits and you retain half of the revenue.

Place September 14-15 on your calendar. We look forward to visiting with you at the annual CPF conference.



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