George P. Bush, Texas Land Commissioner

We ask him about his connection with the American Shoreline

Hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham chat about the noteworthy coastal news themes of early-2019 before welcoming Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush to the show. Bush has wide-ranging responsibilities on the Texas Coast, from enforcing the Texas Open Beaches Act to preparing for and responding to major storms. In this conversation, we learn about Bush's lifelong connection to the American Shoreline, from Maine to Florida to Texas, as well as discussing how he plans to lead the General Land Office's implementation of the Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan, and more.

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.