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Talk About Town: How did Pasco become Florida’s Sports Coast?

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on August 8, 2019

People Places, LLC has been hosting the Talk About Town to discussion series at the office located at 5742 Main Street in downtown New Port Richey for the past three years. The series was developed to stimulate conversations on topics that affect the nature and nurture of New Port Richey.

On Monday, August 19 at 6:00 pm Kolby Kucyk Gayson, Experience Florida’s Sports Coast Communications Manager and Adam Thomas, Director for Pasco County’s Destination Marketing Organization will be discussing how we became Florida’s Sports Coast, the economic impact of tourism, their recent scalloping media trip, and how the local community can embrace tourism.

Talk About Town is a free event, open to the public. Residents in and around the City are invited to participate. 

Each group begins at 6:00 PM with a 30-45 minute presentation, followed by a Q & A session. Guests are encouraged to bring their questions for each topic and are invited to participate in the discussion.

About Kolby Kucyk Gayson

Kolby Kucyk Gayson is the Communications Manager for Experience Florida’s Sports Coast. She got her start in the Tampa Bay media market on the assignment desk at ABC Action News and WTSP-Channel 10 before transitioning into the role of Marketing Director for The Club at Treasure Island, a private yacht club. 

Originally from North Carolina, Kolby holds a B.A. in Communication, Cum Laude, from Salem College in Winston-Salem, one of the oldest all-women colleges in the country. With a passion for PR, Kolby recently organized and executed Experience Florida’s Sports Coast first major media tour highlighting Pasco County’s 10 day scallop season. Attending press included the editor of Coastal Living Magazine and Editor-in-Chief of Downtown Magazine in New York City. Recent successes include a bronze Telly Award for “Let’s Play,” the hero video for the destination. Kolby is a resident of New Port Richey and lives to showcase her local community and amazing destination.

About Adam Thomas

Adam Thomas is the tourism director for Pasco County’s Destination Marketing Organization and soon to be the leader of Florida’s Sports Coast. With a lifetime history in sports, Adam has built a career within the sports tourism industry.

As the Tourism Director for Citrus County, Adam led the destination through a critical rebrand, becoming what’s now Discover Crystal River, the Manatee Capital of the World. With his admirable background in spearheading positive change, Adam is leading the Visit Pasco team through his second career rebranding to become Florida’s Sports Coast, uniting Pasco County as a whole and cementing the county’s place as a leading sports tourism destination within the state of Florida and beyond its borders. 

Adam continues to be a pillar of leadership in the Florida tourism industry as an active board member for Florida Association of Destination Marketing Organizations. He recently received his CDME (Certified Destination Management Executive) from Destination International, one of the highest achievements in tourism, and was named one of Citrus County’s 40 under 40 by The Chronicle. 

Adam holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Phoenix in Business Administration and Management with a concentration in Hospitality & Travel/Tourism. A born and raised “Florida boy” originally from Miami, Florida, Adam now holds the title of “Dad” to children Tristan, seven, and Ava, five that he shares with his wife Carlie. 

About People Places, LLC

People Places is a Real Estate development company that was founded by Frank Starkey with the goal to create vibrant, people-oriented residential and retail places in walkable settings. People Places has two development projects currently underway in New Port Richey, 5800 Main and The Central, and several other projects around Florida.

Frank Starkey holds undergraduate and professional degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from Rice University, is CNU (Congress for the New Urbanism) Accredited, and a member of Urban Land Institute and Leadership Florida.

People Places is located at 5742 Main Street in downtown New Port Richey. For more information on current projects please visit or People Places LLC on Facebook.