ASBPA Conference Special Round Table Edition

A special edition wrapping up a great ASBPA conference

Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham wrap up the ASBPA National Conference with a special round table edition. Peter and Tyler are joined by: Rob Nixon, host of ASPN's Next Well podcast; Dolan Eversole, Waikiki Beach Management Coordinator through the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program; Liz Skree Ecosystems Communications Manager for the Environmental Defense Fund; Taylor Zimmerman, ASBPA award winner and student from the Stevens Institute of Technology; Corey Aitken, student and ASBPA New Professional Committee co-chair; Jun Cheng, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of South Florida; and Reuben Trevino, Director of Operations with the Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees.

Peter A. 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.