ASPN, COVID-19, and an Appropriations Update with Brad Pickel, AIWA Executive Director

October 4, 2020

Still working to bring the coastal conversation to you.

When we conceived of ASPN, we wanted to create a space to foster the broadest coastal dialogue we could.  We created the American Shoreline Podcast as the flagship show and now produce another ten shows, hosted by great coastal professionals we recruited.  You know the lineup.  That vision is still what we're working to do.  On this episode Peter and Tyler catch up with Brad Pickel, Executive Director of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association.  Its an important waterway and recently received a big slug of new funding. We talked to Brad some days ago before the coronavirus took center stage.  Seems quaint now but what coastal professionals are doing still matters and we need to continue the dialogue.  

As coastal conferences, gatherings, and events of all kinds are cancelled -- and as we spend more time at home -- we need a way to stay in touch and ASPN is one of the best ways.  Has your conference been cancelled?  Has your keynote speaker sidelined, your project or research effort tabled?  Contact us.  After about 300 shows, we have a wide audience of coastal professionals who rely on ASPN and we can bring your story and your work to them all.  From the comfort of your own home or office, let's put your keynote speaker and conference panelists on the network.  Let's talk about your projects, your work, and your research.  Reach ASP's co-hosts, Peter Ravella at and Tyler Buckingham at    Let's make ASPN your voice in the coastal community.

Show Transcription
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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.