Conquering the Coast: A Story of Human Triumph and Humbling Reality

April 30, 2023

Exploring the significance of the shoreline in society

In this special rebroadcast, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham interview Dr. Nick Osbaldiston, a Professor of Sociology at James Cook University, about the significance of the coastline in human culture and its impact on our perception of danger. The episode explores why the decision to reopen beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic has become a hot topic and how our relationship with the shoreline has evolved over time.

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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.