The full range of coastal concerns will be up for discussion at the upcoming National Coastal Conference, with more than 180 speakers addressing an array of issues during the three-day event.
The conference, presented by the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), is titled “Beaches, Bays and Beyond” to reflect the breadth of issues to be highlighted during the event. It runs October 25-27, 2017, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The conference opens with a half-day plenary session on Wednesday, Oct. 25, which will include the following presentations:
- “Coastal Research and Science” by Jonathan Pennock, Director, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA);
- “Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact” by Jennifer Jurado, Chief Climate Resilience Officer for Broward County, FL;
- “Nuisance Flooding and How Often It Will Be Occurring” by David Kriebel, Professor of Ocean Engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy;
- “The Visitor Perspective on Beach Management” by Stacy Ritter, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale (FL) Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Additional sessions will focus on:
- Beach Management, Planning, and Policy;
- Wetland Restoration & Restoration Technique;
- Modeling & Managing Risk;
- Identifying Sand Sources & Shore Restoration;
- Living Shoreline Projects;
- Managing Beaches to Increase Resiliency;
- Potential Sources of Coastal Funding & Communications;
- The Role of Dunes in Increasing Coastal Resiliency;
- Coastal Policies, Regulations, & Agency Interaction;
- Regional Sediment Management, etc.