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17 July 2015 | Southern Maine Community College | South Portland

The Maine Beaches Conference was ushered in with the new century in 2000 and in 2015 we will celebrate our tenth conference. In 2015, we expect to host well over 200 participants. Over those years, we have worked to provide continuing opportunities for communication and exchange of the most current information among beach stakeholders with diverse interests and to present the findings from the state’s beach monitoring programs.


Thank you to our supporters:

Benefactors - our largest contributors

Southern Maine Community College Logo

Walsh Engineering Logo
Drummond Woodsum logo
Benefactor Logos: Maine Coastal Program Benefactor Logos: Maine Sea Grant College Program

Sponsors - our major contributors

Sponsor Logos: University of Maine Cooperative Extension Sponsor Logos: Maine Department of Environmental Protection Sponsor Logos: Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission
Wells Reserve logo



GRB Maritime Realty LLC logo OceanView Properties logo


Conference Themes

  • Weighing the options: understanding the challenges of living on the coast.
  • Getting ready: preparing for and adapting to the future.
  • Living with the beach: the nature, culture, and art of our beaches.
  • Identifying the trends: monitoring, research and emerging issues.
  • Meeting at the beach: balancing user needs and values.
  • Caring for beaches: partnership and stewardship
  • Using best practices and following the rules: coastal engineering and regulation


Click image for MBC Sponsorship infoSponsorship Opportunities
Since 2000, The Maine Beaches Conference has served as the meeting place for beach stakeholders with diverse interests. The conference attracts more than 200 participants representing everyone from recreational beach goers, to government officials at all levels and is quoted as being "one of the best opportunities to reach coastal property and coastal business owners." To learn more about the benefits of sponsorship, see our sponsorship cover page, please contact Kristen Grant.


Registration has begun!

Registration Fees
$40 general admission
$20 presenters and non-profit exhibitors
$70 for-profit exhibitors
$0 beach monitoring volunteers
Online registration available (service fees of $1.99 - $2.99 applied)
or download and print a mail-in registration form 

REGISTER EARLY! MBC 2013 sold out. Registration fees increase by $10 after July 3
Scholarship assistance can be requested.

2015 Maine Beaches Conference Steering Committee  Organizations: Members
Maine Audubon: Laura Minich Zitske
Maine Coastal Program: Theresa Torrent
Maine Department of Environmental Protection: Marybeth Richardson
Maine Geological Survey: Steve Dickson
Maine Sea Grant: Kristen Grant (Coordinator) and Catherine Schmitt
Southern Maine Community College: Tom Long and Chris Hoffman
Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission: Lee Jay Feldman
Town of Kennebunkport: Werner Gilliam
University of Maine Cooperative Extension: Keri Kaczor
Walsh Engineering: William Walsh (Vice Chair)
Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve: Nancy Viehmann (Chair), Anne Cox, Jake Aman

Advisory Committee 

Chris Feurt, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Melissa Gates, Surfrider Foundation                                                                                                                                 
Joe Kelley, University of Maine
Kate O'Brien, US Fish and Wildlife Service
George Roth, Saco Shoreline Commission
Laura Seaver, Southern Maine Beach Profile Monitoring Porgram
Natalie Springuel, Maine Sea Grant  
Brad Zitske, Maine Audubon  
Logistics Coordinator: Charlotte Hendee


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