Ready for National Conference
2008 Coastal Summit to feature congressional leaders, leading coastal scientists
, D.C. – With the 2008 presidential election just months away, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) will hold its 2008 Coastal Summit at the end of February to ponder how the new president and Congress will address the pressing issues facing America’s beaches, and to recognize those who have led the charge to preserve them.
The three-day summit, with the theme, “Beginning the Transition,” will take place Feb. 27–29 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C., and will feature leading coastal scientists, officials from coastal communities and several Members of Congress – including Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) and Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE). The Summit’s honorary host committee is the House Coastal Caucus, which includes Reps. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Walter Jones, Jr. (R-NC), Lois Capps (D-CA) and Henry Brown (R-SC).
“With the release two weeks ago of the president’s proposed budget, it is clear that once again Congress has much work to do in funding critical water infrastructure projects,” said Harry Simmons, mayor of Caswell Beach, NC and president of ASBPA. “I am confident that the time we spend in Washington during the Summit will help with that effort. Many thanks to Congressional staffers and officials from federal, state and local agencies where nourishment projects are being managed for their help in putting together such a comprehensive agenda for Summit-goers.”
As part of the Coastal Summit, ASBPA will honor Congressional coastal advocates and federal staffers who have been instrumental in the fight to preserve America’s beaches. The seven beaches deemed to be the Top Restored Beaches for last year will also be in the spotlight at a special awards reception on Capitol Hill.
“We’re looking forward to the opportunities to work with lawmakers and heads of federal agencies to highlight the importance of beach nourishment and other coastal projects all across America and the incredible return on investment they provide to Americans in all 50 states,” Simmons concluded.
A complete Summit agenda is available online at www.asbpa.org
ABOUT ASBPA: Founded in 1926, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) represents the scientific, technical and political interests along the coast in an effort to shape national research and policy concerning shore and beach management and restoration. ASBPA strives to engage in a factual debate on coastal issues and economics that will foster sound, far-sighted and economical development and preservation of our beaches; thereby aiding in placing their beliefs within the reach of the largest possible number of people in accordance with the ideals of a democratic nation. For additional information about ASBPA, please visit