SHAHS Professors Present Three-Year Study on NC Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program on Behalf of SHAHS

SHAHS & EVS Professors Present Three-Year Study on NC Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program on Behalf of SHAHS

School of Health and Applied Human Sciences Professor, Jim Herstine and Environmental Sciences Professor, Chris Dumas presented the results of a three-year study on the NC Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program to the NC Coastal Resources Commission at the quarterly meeting on Nov. 8. and to the NC Beach, Inlet and Waterway Association at its annual conference on Nov. 13.

They presented on behalf of themselves and SHAHS Assistant Professors, Alexia Franzidis and Lisa Sprod and Clemson University Assistant Professor, Brandi Crowe.

The presentations were opportunities to report the results of the three-year study that began in 2014 to assess and evaluate the NC Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program. 

The study methodology included focus group sessions, stakeholder interviews of coastal business leaders and local government officials, an online survey of coastal business leaders and local government officials, and a field survey administered to program users of the Access Program at randomly selected public access sites in the 20 NC coastal counties.  

The results of the study show overall support for the Public Access Program by coastal business leaders, local government officials and program users.