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2008 ASBPA Coastal Summit
Conversations at the Coastal Summit
by Lynda Guidry
Friday, February 29, 2008

The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association was held on February 28 and 29 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C.


Lynda Guidry covered the meeting for and interviewed
several of the officials and participants.



"The Coastal Summit is a very well attended event," said ASBPA President Harry Simmons, mayor of Caswell Beach, North Carolina.

"We've got people from all around the country." Listen: RealPlayer  MP3


"Our goal here is really to try to exchange information with the federal policy makers and give people a chance to really have some input on the importance of beaches and the importance of federal support," said Ken Gooderham, an executive director of the summit. 

"I believe we have accomplished that at this session. RealPlayer  MP3


"This is a pretty exciting summit," said Jeri Kinnear, chair of the Galveston Park Board of Trustees. 

"We are interacting with other people who have issues on their coasts." 
Listen : RealPlayer   MP3


"The opportunity to come and share experiences and understanding of what is going on on the coastline is very important," said Colonel Len Waterworth, president of Dannenbaum Engineering in Houston and a former commander of the United States Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District.
Listen: RealPlayer  MP3

"I am here at this meeting, the American Shore and Beach Summit meeting, to really fight for more funding for the entire coastline of the United States," said Marie Garrette, president and CEO of Beach Restoration Inc. a scientific company dedicated to stabilizing coastlines, and also a homeowner on an eroding beach on Galveston Island. 

"We  just need more funds, we need more dollars dedicated to restoring our coastlines." Listen: RealPlayer   MP3

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