Exploring Mobile Applications on the American Shoreline

How can mobile apps be used on the American Shoreline?

On this episode, Peter and Tyler talk with Joe Falcone, Founder and CEO of Phondini Partners, a firm that specializes in mobile application design, development and consulting for coastal communities. Joe and his team have developed a number of interesting mobile apps. The FishLine App connects consumers directly with fisherman at the wharf where seafood can be hand selected out of the hold, and the public can meet and interact with the men and women who harvest our food. The iCoastSide App, a collaboration between Phondini and the Half Moon Bay Coastside Visitor Center, helps inform residents and tourists alike as to the goings on of the San Mateo Coastside region. And, Phondini has developed apps specific to special events, like the famous Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, which draws over 100,000 visitors into a region with poor cell phone coverage and very limited parking. The app helps communicate with the public and helps visitors maximize their time at the fest. We talk about all of it, on this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast.

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.