FSBPA: Martin County, Florida knows beaches and how to manage them . . . and Commissioner Doug Smith shares the secrets

The secrets to Martin County's successful beach program.

From the FSBPA Conference:  Managing eroding beaches is an expensive proposition.  Lots of money, technical challenges, and then there are the permits and the community support to secure.  Doug Smith has been at it almost 20 years as a veteran Martin County Commissioner.  Doug joins Peter Ravella on the American Shoreline Podcast to talk about how to maintain beaches, protect property, and not go broke doing it.  For coastal towns all along the American shoreline, the challenge can seem daunting, especially for communities new to the process.  And, with sea level rise,  many more local governments will be pressured to institute beach nourishment programs to maintain their recreational beaches and protect public and private infrastructure.  Doug has learned the ropes and shares some of his "secrets to success."   It's an uplifting discussion of what can be done with solid management and strong partners.  Good show.  Don't miss it.

Peter A. Ravella

Founder and Publisher of Coastal News Today and ASPN, experienced business owner in coastal policy, land use, grants, permitting and financing with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental and coastal services industry. Skilled in Government, Community Engagement, Beach & Dune Restoration and Financial Planning, Natural Resource Management, Wetland Mitigation, and Environmental Education. Strong education with a BS in Marine Biology from Texas A&M and a JD with Environmental Law Certificate from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon.