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Arica Sears is a fourth generation resident of a one stoplight town on the Oregon Coast. She was raised in the hand-me-down wetsuits, life jackets, and rubber boots of her two brothers and the waters of the Nestucca River. Her International Studies degree paved the way for her to research the effects of globalization in Peru on indigenous communities, count by-catch on the Ecuadorian coast, teach English in Spain & France, guide scuba diving in Mallorca, and document timber industry practices on the Oregon Coast. Arica currently works for the Oregon Coast Visitors Association as the Destination Management Coordinator for all 363 miles of Oregon coastline. She works with land management agencies, local businesses, nonprofits, government entities, and citizens to inspire travel and strengthen collaboration to create and steward a sustainable coastal economy.
Observing coastal tourists in their natural habitat
August 18, 2020
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
May 13, 2020
Vacation rentals take a direct hit. Is there a path forward?
April 14, 2020
Emergency preparedness . . . it's a big deal. Now.
April 2, 2020
COVID-19 is a challenge but one beach brewery works to adapt
March 24, 2020