Federal Funding Surge: Unpacking the "Summer of Money"

October 22, 2023

Derek Brockbank on Coastal Funding Boom

In the latest episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham discuss the current surge in federal funding for ocean and coastal programs, termed the "Summer of Money," with guest Derek Brockbank. Derek offers insights from his recent presentation at the ASBPA National Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. They cover the coastal and ocean community's reaction to this influx, the potential outcomes of these investments, and details on upcoming funding opportunities, including the NOAA Climate Resilience Regional Challenge and more.

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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.