How the Civic Association began...

In 1981, The Parrish Community was in needed a Fire House for their Volunteer Fire Department. In order to get that established, Lamar Parrish, who was a Manatee County Commissioner from 1976-1980, and a long-time resident of Parrish,  learned that a not-for-profit would have to be formed in order to accomplish the task of raising monies for the building. Immediately, he and many others in the community worked to form the Parrish Civic Association, Inc. This was accomplished with the help of the Parrish Volunteer Fire Department. In obtaining the 501c4, not for profit,  the PCA association was formed.


Today, the PCA provides a forum for new and established members, neighbors, and businesses in our community. In our monthly meetings, we encourage our members to express our concerns about everyday life in Parrish along with the challenges as our community grows with unbridled development. 

The PCA works for our community at County, State, and Federal levels as the Voice of the Parrish being that Parrish is an unincorporated community in Manatee County. This is why members are a vital part of the Parrish Civic Association. Become a member, Be the Voice!

PCA - Who we are

We are a group of citizens who have voluntarily joined together for collective action on community affairs. In general, its objectives are to preserve, enhance, and plan for the orderly development of the neighborhood and to promote the general welfare, safety, and civic spirit of the community. Studies show that neighborhoods with active civic associations have less crime, a greater voice with local governments, more engaged residents and tend to be more vibrant communities.

As a voluntary association, our capacity for collective action rests on members' contributions of participation, skill, effort and time directed to a common purpose. Success in achieving our goals rests on our ability to make our voices heard in the public arena. Sizeable membership provides the strength of a strong collective voice in pursuing the goals of our community. The louder that voice is, the more we can achieve! 

... We ARE THE LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS like you, who care deeply about our community. Our membership is comprised of homeowners, residents and business owners within our

...WE ARE THE COMMUNITY'S VOICE... Of great significance to Parrish Civic is our sense of community. We strive to be more aligned with the actual dynamics within our community. Our vision seeks an inclusionary process to ensure our members' voice is properly represented.


...WE ARE GUARDIANS... Parrish Civic works with elected officials and governmental agencies to ensure proper representation and services. In doing this we endeavor to monitor and hold accountable this representation.

What we do

...Your membership is used to further invest in your community and helps support our community projects and events such as: 

  • PCA is the publisher of the monthly newspaper the "Parrish Village News" to over 17,500 homes.

  • PCA sponsors Annual Parrish Heritage Day, Parade, and Parrish Pioneering.

  • PCA rallied the community together to rename our new high school to Parrish Community High School in order to retain the name of our town.

  • PCA brought the community together in order to obtain traffic light at SR 675/US Hwy 301 for the safety of our community.

  • PCA is working with State College of Florida in establishing a Satelite Parrish Campus.

  • PCA is working with the Manatee County Government and the Milgren Group who created a Master Plan for the village of Parrish. 

  • PCA holds Meet & Greet evenings for candidates running for election to educate our members about the candidates and to meet with our Local Businesspeople.

  • PCA holds the Annual Parrish "Hometown" Christmas tree Lighting community event which began in 1916.

  • PCA send representatives to show support of items that may affect our community to the Manatee County Commissioner and School Board meetings.

  • PCA works with the County, State, and Federal officials regarding the infrastructure needs of our community.

  • PCA keeps the community informed through monthly meetings, via social media, website, and emails.

Meet the Officers

Gretchen Fowler


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Norma Kennedy


A native of Manatee County. Moved to Parrish in 1970 with my family.

Retired from Verizon as Service Representative, Management and a teacher in their Training Department. I have been a member of Parrish Civic Association and Parrish Arts Council since 2012.I also serve on the Rural Development Committee for the PCA working in guiding the growth for our village.  I enjoy working in the community striving to promote and saving our rich history.

Cindy Chin


A native of Manatee County, lifelong resident of Parrish.  Recently retired from State of Florida, 12th Judicial Circuit.  I have been a member of the Parrish Civic Association for the last 35 years.   During that time, I have served on numerous committees, was the membership chairman for a term and have been the Parrish Heritage Day Parade chairman since 1985.   I enjoy being involved and hope to continue serving the community.

Jennifer Hamey



Meet the Board Members

Alan Jones - Rural Development Chair

Iris McClain - This Old House PVN Contributor

Lorraine Prosser - Membership Committee  

Mimi Sheffer - Community News  PVN Contributor

Shaun Ausborn-Photographer

Jennifer Hamey - Community Contributor

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Parrish Civic Association, Inc.
P O Box 257
Parrish, Florida 34219


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