The Resiliency Connection: New York and the Texas Coast with Kimberly Miller

October 4, 2020

How these two cities are connected by storms and recovery.

On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham are joined by Kimberly Miller, the Chair of the American Planning Association's Harvey Recovery Task Force and Senior Planner at Halff Assocates. Kimberly is organizing a symposium on coastal planning titled "Navigating a Wetter World: A Resilient Rebirth of the Texas Coast" which will take place at the Saltwater Pavillion in Rockport, Texas on February 21st. We talk about the program and how planners from the around the American shoreline are learning from each other to improve resilience.

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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.