Florence Follow Up

Checking in two months after the storm has passed

In this episode, Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham speak with Steve Mercer and Joe Gaughan, residents of Brunswick County, North Carolina. Both work at Steve's company, Coastal Transplants, a dune construction, maintenance, and restoration firm. Hear their stories, and how Hurricane Florence continues to impact the lives of those in its path of destruction. Subject discussed include: preparing the farm for the storm, historic levels of flooding days after the storm had made landfall; the community coming together and chickens; and, dealing with FEMA and its contractors.

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.