The Engineer's Perspective with Michael Poff

Checking in with our coastal engineering expert

Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham are joined by Michael Poff, President of Coastal Engineering Consultants and host of the Podcast for Building Beaches Better on ASPN. Subject discussed include: Michael's plans for his new show on ASPN (P4B^3); trends in coastal engineering and how the profession can be better; an update on the Charlotte County, FL beach project; and Michael's thoughts on the future of coastal engineering.

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.