The Eastern APA is now conducting a survey about meeting dates. I am confident that if Philosophy wants to have three national meetings a year, one of them will have to be between Christmas and New Year's. So the survey is in my view useless.
The issue that to my knowledge has not been explored is why the late-December meeting has to be held in the East. Since the December meeting is (for natural reasons) the big job-market meeting, shouldn't it be held in a (geographically) central location? I think so. I also think it should be held someplace that's not so prone to December blizzards as, say, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, D.C., and Baltimore.
Back in the old days, a main reason for holding the big December meeting in the East was that only big cities in the East had hotels large enough for the crowd. But this is no longer the case.
In short, the Eastern APA is wasting time with this survey. What is needed is a change in the location of the late-December meeting, not a change in the date of the Eastern meeting.