A convention was held on campus at the University of Florida in 1933. It was organized by Kodak, and some of the suppliers of photographic equipment and chemistry (yes, chemistry). The attendees decided to form an organization to represent the professional photographers in attendance from all over Florida. The Florida Photographers Association was officially formed during that convention on May 3, 1933, with approximately 30 members, each paying $2 for their annual dues. Here's a copy of their convention program.
During WWII, due to gas and food rationing, the FPA did not hold a convention for three full years ('42-'44). They resumed their convention schedule in 1945, forever putting the number of conventions two years behind the actual age of the association (in 1985, the FPP celebrated it's 50th Convention, even though the association was 52 years old).
In the 1950's it changed its name to the Florida Professional Photographers and have continued to educate its members through conventions, seminars, and schools.
Past Presidents of the FPP
Benefits of Membership
The Florida Photography Workshops