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COASTAL HARMONY: BETWEEN MARINE ECOSYSTEMS AND COASTAL DEVELOPMENT

by ZOBRIST, KURT DANIEL

Abstract (Summary)
When you bring together two seemingly dissonant elements, the results usually are not pleasing to the senses. However, by striking a balance between the two and finding a way that both can co-exist in harmony, the outcome can be innovative and even revolutionary. This thesis combines the desire of humans to live near exotic environments with the reality of the fragile ecosystems of the world. A growing segment of the population, the Baby Boomers, is looking for exciting new ways to spend their retirement years. New types of building need to be designed to enable these lifestyle innovations. Inevitably, focus is placed on recreational activities, such as boating, and how to bring the pastime activities into line with changing expectations in comfort and convenience. The problem that arises is how to accommodate these “creature comforts” with limiting factors of the environment, especially in a marine ecosystem. The Wetlands Act along with other important pieces of legislation dictates specific rules regarding the protection of these areas. It is up to human ingenuity to find a solution that considers both conservation of habitat and our desire to be near this majestic scenery. Advancements in materials, alternative energy sources, and marine technology have allowed us to develop ways to bridge human and environmental needs. These innovations enable the creation of a new generation of coastal developments which are environmentally friendly, economically justifiable and very desirable from a market point of view.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:boating marina design retirement mobile lifestyle the wetlands act sustainable resources recreational vehicles floating homes houseboats marine technologies florida coastal development

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Date of Publication:01/01/2004

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