Nicole R. LeBoeuf, Acting Assistant Administrator of the National Ocean Service at NOAA

NOAA's National Ocean Service: Word from the Top

Nicole LeBoeuf is the Acting Assistant Administrator for NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS), the nation’s most comprehensive ocean and coastal science and service agency. Its mission is to provide science-based solutions through collaborative partnerships to address evolving economic, environmental and social pressures on our oceans and coasts. NOS is a powerhouse agency that observes, measures, assesses, and manages the nation’s coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes areas.  NOS produces the navigation charts we all use and love.  And, NOS is a leader in response and restoration activities to protect vital coastal resources.   As NOS Administrator, Nicole is a leader in shaping the federal response to the challenges facing coastal communities, including the climate change.  Compelling show, fantastic guest.

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.