Andrew W.J. Dickman

Andrew W.J. Dickman

Naples, Florida
727-527-7150 (St.Pete)
239-330-6735 (Naples)
305-758-3621 (Miami)
727-527-7180 (St.Pete)
239-434-0940 (Naples)
305-758-0508 (Miami)

Mr. Dickman is the City Attorney for the City of St. Pete Beach and an adjunct professor at the Ave Maria School of Law where he teaches land use and environmental law.  His passion is advocating for open government, progressive urban planning, clean water, low impact development, working waterfronts, and protecting Florida’s history and unique places. 

Andrew was born in Tampa and raised rural on the Little Manatee River a few miles south of Ruskin, Florida.  He attended Santa Fe Community College (1983-84), graduated from the University of Florida (1987), and earned his master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Florida (1992).  

Mr. Dickman worked in growth management at the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, geographic information systems at the St. Johns River Water Management District and founded the Community Services Planning Center for the Department of Children and Families in Miami, Florida.  While working for DCF, Andrew attended the evening division at Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center (1999).  He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2000. 

Mr. Dickman has served as Vice Mayor for Village of El Portal in Miami-Dade County, policy director for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples, and board member for the Environmental Advisory Council for Collier County.

• The Florida Bar
• Collier Bar Association
• United States District Court, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida
• United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
• American Institute of Certified Planners
• American Planning Association
• 1000 Friends of Florida, Board member

Areas of Practice

  • Government Affairs
  • Land Use, Zoning, Environmental Law
  • City, County and Local Government Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Guardianship
  • Transactions
  • Appeals
  • Automotive

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida


  • Nova Southeastern Law University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    • J.D. - 1999
  • University of Florida
    • B.S. - 1987
    • Major: Liberal Arts
  • University of Florida
    • M.A. - 1992
    • Major: Urban and Regional Planning

Published Works

  • Ave Maria School of Law Environmental Law Panel. Moderator, October 24, 2013
  • A Distinguished Dialogue on the Environment: Growth, Conservation and South Florida’s Future, Former Governors Graham, MacKay and Crist. Professor-Participant, February 19, 2013
  • Florida Constitutional Amendments Forum, Panelist, Oct 16, 2012
  • Florida Constitutional Amendments Forum, Panelist, Oct 12, 2010
  • Florida must remember BP to rally opposition (Must not take oil from eastern Gulf), The News-Press, September 4, 2010
  • Consistency Challenges: Comprehensive Plan Amendments, CLE International, Litigating Land Use, December 2008
  • Fighting the Good Fight to Preserve State’s Working Waterfront, Guest Commentary, Naples Daily News, August 9, 2008
  • Eastward Ho! or Westward Whoa?: Why Southeast Florida Needs Both, Law School Research/Writing Requirement, Prof. Grosso, Feb. 2000
  • Florida’s State Comprehensive Plan: All Dressed Up With No Place To Go, Florida BAR, Title Insurance Fund Writing Competition, 1st Place, 1999
  • GIS Supports Social Services Planning in South Florida, Seventeenth Annual ESRI Users Conference, proceedings, 1997
  • Metropolitan Regions Challenge Florida’s Growth Management Act, Feature Article, Florida Planning magazine, December 1996
  • Manufactured Housing Discrimination: Plan Language and Intent, Masters Thesis, Florida Manufactured Housing Association, 1991

Honors and Awards

  • 1000 Friends of Florida, Named to Board of Directors, 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • American Planning Association
  • The Florida Bar