National Coastal Conference Takes Place in Fort Lauderdale

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.

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