The Making of the Utility Player of Ports with Kristin Decas, CEO & Port Director of the Port of Hueneme

January 3, 2022

Pull back the curtain of a medium sized working port!

On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham talk to Kristin Decas, the CEO & Port Director of the Port of Hueneme, California. The Port of Hueneme is a medium size port located in Ventura Country and has recently garnered attention for its efforts, in partnership with the nearby ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and the Navy, to help ease the shipping backlog currently facing the region's ports.

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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.