Live from AIWA: Biblia, Inc., A Marine Towing & Transportation Company

More of our continued coverage from the AIWA Annual Meeting!

As part of our continued coverage of the AIWA Annual Meeting, Peter and Tyler sit down with Captain William Van Puffelen and his wife Lindsay Van Puffelen, owners and operators of a Biblia, Inc., a marine towing and transportation company headquartered here in Savannah, Georgia. They company, which has been in the Van Puffelen family for generations, operates extensively on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway - and beyond. We learn how AIWA has worked to improve the condition of the Waterway over the past 20 years, and peek into the exciting future of the AIWW with expansions coming to the Port of Savannah.

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.