Managing Beaches in a time of Closures and Global Pandemic

To open or not to open, that is the question

Rob Nixon and the Next Swell podcast are back and hear at ASPN, we're smiling. Host Rob Nixon is joined by two guys who know beaches inside and out: Brandon Hill (AECOM) and Reuben Trevino (USACE). Both Brandon and Reuban have Deep South Texas, having worked as beach managers for the town of South Padre Island. And, Rob has seen them and a few more beach managers come and fo from SPI. It's a "chill hang" episode for these threee friends as they discuss the thought way to navigate the tough decisions to close a beach and the  best way steps toward reopening shoreline during the COVID pandemic. Listen in on this cool show by three beach pros. Only on the Next Swell Podcast and only on ASPN!

Rob Nixon

Born and bred in Texas for better and worse, Rob grew up around his father, a pioneering FBI Agent and Texas Ranger, who instilled in him the Texas ethos of doing what is right and standing up for what you believe. He spent every summer in a small trailer with his family on the beaches of Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island. In 2005, his beloved park was threatened by development that would have destroyed the lifestyle that generations of South Texas Families had enjoyed in camping at the beach. He became an accidental Activist and became a founding member of the South Texas Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Since that time, he has built the South Texas Chapter into a well respected Community and Environmental Organization utilizing the Surfrider Foundation Chapter Network. In any issue that he is involved in his only thought is, "I want to look into my boys eyes when they get older and be able to say to them that I did everything in my power to protect and preserve our beaches and your right to enjoy them."