Mid-Summer Nights Dream

Maybe it's a nightmare but coastal Americans are resilient!

As we reach the peak of the summer of 2020, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham take a breather and canvas the field around the American shoreline.  Few years have been more uncertain and more unusual.  Many beaches are closed. The coastal tourism economy has suffered several body blows. Coastal local government tax revenues are being drained and coastal businesses are suffering. International trade has plummeted, driving shipping and port business to new lows.  And, there's is little good to say about the leisure cruise industry, which has all but shut down, at least for now.  The coastal critters seem to be benefitting though as more and quieter space is available for wildlife and we look beyond the bad news too.  No guest on this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, just our perspectves.



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.