Coastal Resiliency Advisory Committee


The Coastal Resiliency Advisory Committee was established by Nantucket's Select Board on April 24, 2019. This committee works with the Coastal Resiliency Coordinator to oversee and finalize the Coastal Resiliency Plan by:

  • Providing input as to Plan modifications/updates/finalization
  • Recommending priority of Coastal Resiliency projects, including review of costs and funding sources/grant opportunities, professional services requirements, next steps, action steps, additional resource needs – including the development of a team of scientific advisors, partnership opportunities
  • Assisting with identifying overlap; opportunities for coordination with other Town plans, including Hazard Mitigation Plan, Harbor Plan, Parks Master Plan, Open Space & Recreation Plan, Coastal Management Plan, Stormwater Management Plan, Master Plan
  • Assisting with obtaining community feedback, including ways to engage seasonal residents – and ensure that all areas of the Island are represented
  • Reviewing pertinent existing regulations to include coastal resiliency accommodations; identify any “disconnects” between regulations and practice and/or conflicts and recommend ways to achieve alignment; reviewing proposed pertinent regulations for coastal resiliency purposes
  • Regularly reviewing information on sea level rise projections with regard to impact on the Island
  • Review the activities of other coastal communities as related to coastal resiliency planning, projects
  • Provide regular updates to the Select Board and Town Administration
  • Other related tasks as may be requested by the Board and/or Town Administration

On June 30, 2021, the Select Board evaluate the committee and determine a term going forward. 


  • 1 member of the Conservation Commission
  • 1 member of the Planning Board 
  • Kristie Flaherty Ferrantella, Select Board Representative
  • 1 member of Harbor & Shellfish Advisory Board
  • 1 designee provided by Nantucket Conservation Foundation
  • 1 member of the Advisory Committee of Non-voting Taxpayers
  • 3 members from the public:
    • (must be able to attend or participate in meetings on a regular basis)
    • relevant experience (helpful but not required) in the areas of: environmental sciences related to wetland, coastal systems; engineering fields related to erosion control, coastal infrastructure;grant writing helpful; independent scientific background
    • if member of a group/association, intent is not to appoint multiple members from the same group

Staff assistance

  • Coastal Resiliency Coordinator (and/or designee from Natural Resources Department)
  • Other staff attendance (as needed):
    • Land Use Planners/PLUS (2)
    • Assistant Town Manager for Special Projects
    • Public Outreach Manager
    • Other staff as needed (including Natural Resources Coordinator)