Recapping the 20th Annual AIWA Meeting!

Wrapping up our coverage of AIWA from Savannah, Georgia

Peter and Tyler wrap up ASPN's coverage of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association's 20th Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia by recapping the meeting with Paul Barger (the outgoing Board Chair), David Kennedy (the incoming Board Chair), and Brad Pickel (AIWA's Executive Director). We discuss this year's meeting, our take-aways, and how the organization is continuing to evolve to best advocate for the AIWW.

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.