About

Trust. Knowledge. Results.

Coastal Strategies is the go-to consulting firm for coastal projects involving beach nourishment, dredging, aquatic ecosystem restoration, the Corps of Engineers, FEMA, and other federal agencies and stakeholders. We solve problems where others could not. With over 40 years of experience, our team understands how to navigate the complicated world of federal water resources policy, the Corps of Engineers, and other federal agencies to get results. Our services have awarded over $1.2 billion in federal appropriations to more than 150 clients nationwide, including the Hawaiian Islands. We have helped draft and implement key legislation such as the Regional Sediment Management Act and have spearheaded governmental advocacy programs for associations such as the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association. Our knowledge of federal legislation, the congressional process, the Corps of Engineers, the executive branch, together with the local knowledge we've collected of various coastlines, gives us an edge over others that allows us to provide tailored advice for critical decisions impacting your shoreline.

 

 

Innovative Solutions. Proven History.

Since 1984, Coastal Strategies has been a trusted resource in guiding state and local governments, businesses, and nonprofits in achieving coastal resilience goals. Our team focuses on projects that protect against flooding, storm surge, and other coastal hazards. Our expertise spans shore protection and beach nourishment, dredging and sediment management, to federal and state policy, and the use of private sector financing in the coastal marketplace. We understand the coast and its unique set of challenges like no other firm in the nation. 


Coastal Strategies has:

  • Authorized and constructed over 2 dozen beach nourishment projects
  • Secured federal funding for client projects totaling over $1.2 billion
  • Used our knowledge and advocacy to save failing Corps projects 
  • Reversed legal interpretations of legislation affecting federal projects
  • Drafted and implemented federal legislation 
  • Secured disaster relief funding to entirely rebuild beaches and dunes
  • Led conferences to develop financing alternatives for coastal resilience
  • Developed innovative partnerships for coastal resilience using federal programs

 

 

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The Future of Coastal Resilience

Government - Engineering - Finance

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Government

Local and state governments play a primary role in protecting coastlines nationwide. While the federal government has a role, most of the responsibility falls on local and state governments. Over our 40 years in business, we have worked with over 150 coastal local governments on resilience projects across the nation including beach nourishment and dune building, dredging and sediment management, private financing for coastal resilience and more. Our strategies drive local resilience initiatives that make use of available state and federal funding, planning, and technical expertise.

 

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Leadership & Advocacy

We are actively involved in the implementation and formulation of federal policies involving beach nourishment, regional sediment management, coastal resilience, disaster recovery and the civilian missions of the Corps of Engineers.  Our work has drawn awards from organizations such as the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association, the Coastal States Organization, the California Coastal Coalition and the North Carolina Beaches Inlets & Waterways Association.

Stakeholder Engagement

There is a saying that all politics are local. We fully believe this is true. Our diverse portfolio of clients has given us the experience necessary to help solve issues down to the neighborhood level. We educate, organize, and ultimately help you choose your next steps next confidence.

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Engineering

The Human Element

Engineering constraints involve people, political views, and relationships - not just numbers. When it comes to coastal engineering for community projects, there is no one-size-fits all solution. This means developing and maintaining communication between stakeholders. We help you bring the right people to the table to develop a suite of alternatives that works for everyone.

Our experience working with federal and state agencies has taught us when and where we can get you low-cost engineering and planning assistance. This type of assistance can be available to any state, local government, or non-profit.

 

 

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Finance

Coastal Strategies was formed in response to inadequate federal funding for coastal projects. To solve this problem, we’ve developed strategies for states, local governments, and nonprofits to receive financial assistance upfront in exchange for the return provided through Coastal Improvement Districts. CIDs are used as a vehicle to develop implementation strategies for coastal projects so they can be built faster, cheaper, and with more flexibility. Our leadership in this field has drawn the attention of major private investment firms who are incorporating coastal resilience into their portfolios.

Developing Coastal Improvement Districts

Coastal states across the nation have created legislation enabling the development of special districts that allow property owners to generate revenues to fund the development of improvement features. This method provides exceptional flexibility to property owners in determining the overall design, total design costs, implementation schedules and repayment schedules. Best of all, nonprofit Improvement Districts qualify to receive technical and planning assistance from the Corps.

 

 

 

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