Dr. Rob Young on the State of Coastal Retreat

October 4, 2020

Should I stay or should I go, It's the Clash ahead

On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham welcome Dr. Rob Young back to the show to talk about the recent shoreline armoring trends (NYC/NJ, Florida Keys, Orange County, CA) and the seeming move away from structural solutions.  When should we armor? When should we hold the shoreline?  When should we get the hell out of the way and let the coast migrate?  No easy answers.  We also talk about the work of Orrin Pilkey's creation, the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University, which Rob now leads.  Finally, we conclude with March Madness and a fast break discussion on Carolina hoops and the differences between the East Coast and West Coast games. Can it be explained geomorphologically?  Only on ASPN.

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.