2022 Midterm Election Impacts for the Ocean and Coast with Emily Patrolia

November 13, 2022

A look at how the 118th Congress will treat the coast!

In this episode, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham turn their attention to the impacts of last week's midterm elections with special guest Emily Patrolia. Emily is the Founder & CEO of ESP Advisors, a premier woman-owned, bipartisan lobbying firm with expertise in the ocean and coastal policy arena. There are major federal policy issues on the docket for the 118th Congress, and Emily leads us in a "wonk session," gaming out how the next Congress will (or will not) address ocean and coastal policy. Coastal sausage, anyone? Only on ASPN!

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Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.