Howdy friend –
I received this email (below) from ATRA regarding the cancellation of the conference for safey concerns.
I feel regretful to hear that the conference has been cancelled and yet I think it is a good thing for safety concerns. I imagine it would be near impossible to reschedule this event. I sure hope they can.
Here is the message: 
The ATRA Board of Directors Executive Committee met tonight to discuss the ATRA Annual Conference. It is with much regret that we announce ATRA is cancelling the conference due to safety concerns affiliated with Hurricane Irma and its potential path into Florida.
Please understand that this decision was made with your safety as our primary concern. It is our responsibility to act to ensure that we maintain the safety of the attendees and vendors (and their families) who planned to join us next week. The uncertainty of the weather coupled with potentially difficult travel situations brought us to this decision.
We will be meeting as a Board again this week to discuss how to deliver our planned content to you by rescheduling the conference at a later date. As decisions are made we will communicate those to you via our website, Facebook page, Twitter and email.
Regarding your travel plans and registration:
  • ATRA will begin to process registration refunds next week.
  • You many cancel your hotel room beginning now, without penalty. The Hilton has made this promise to us, and will not hold people to the 72-hour cancellation policy.
  • Don’t forget to contact your airline and rental car company.
ATRA will have a statement on the website’s home page explaining the cancellation. If your airline carrier or others request proof, you should be able to use that statement.
We greatly apologize for this inconvenience. We were all looking forward to an amazing Annual Conference next week. Thank you to those who worked so hard on the program and events.
The ATRA Board of Directors and Conference Committee members appreciate your understanding of these circumstances. Please take good care and be safe.
Marilyn Radatz, ATRA President