A Sneak Peak at the ASBPA Local Funding White Paper

Beach restoration projects always come down to funding.

Peter and Tyler are joined by Derek Brockbank (Executive Director of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association and host of the Capitol Beach podcast), Shannon Cunniff (recently retired from the Environmental Defense Fund and board member of ASBPA) and Annie Mercer (ASPBA Fellow) to discuss the recently released white paper titled "Local Funding for Coastal Projects: An Overview of Practices, Policies, and Considerations." Listen here for a sneak peak, and read the whole paper at ASBPA.org.


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.