Salty Insights from Michael Carr, An Old Coastal Pro Who's Been Around

A longtime coastal pro weighs in on today's coastal world

Anyone who has spent real time on the coast knows that unique characters can be found if you know where to look.  The old hands, the salty folks, the ones who've spent lots of time  on the water and on the coast, who've seen the tourists and the speculators come and go, who've developed a perspective and a wisdom all their own, the kind that only comes with time. Michael Carr is one of those unique coastal characters and he joins Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham on this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast for a wide-ranging conversation on coastal issues.  Briefly, Michael is a US Coasts Guard Academy grad, a former USGS officer, merchant mariner, US Army boatman, instructor, and US Navy Diver. No easy summary is offered.  Just take a slow listen and breath in the perspective of Michael Carr.  Only on the American Shoreline Podcast Network.

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.