Dreaming Up the Best Beach Management Scheme in the Business with Rudi Rudolph

September 12, 2021

Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream beach!

This week, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham talk to the "Sandman" of Carteret County, Rudi Rudolph. Rudi has earned his nickname after spending his career in service to the beaches of Carteret County as the Coastal Protection Director, a complex job that has him juggling the interests of several coastal communities all in need of new sand.

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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.