Paul retired in 2013 as the Director of the Environmental Restoration Division and worked at the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) for 25 years. His area of expertise includes nearly 40 years in coastal management and imperiled species conservation.
He conducted sea turtle monitoring for 33 years and drafted the Palm Beach County Sea Turtle Protection Ordinance in 1988. One of the first in the State, the ordinance established lighting standards and regulated existing and new lighting along the beaches to reduce sea turtle impacts. He was also responsible for developing and implementing the PBC Manatee Protection Plan. Both required close coordination with property owners, developers and municipal, county, state, and federal agencies to produce effective conservation measures.
He and his staff were responsible for habitat restoration projects as well as ecosystem and species management planning documents and initiatives. He was also responsible for the monitoring and management of reefs, beaches, dunes, mangroves, seagrass and estuarine communities of Palm Beach County. Since retiring he has been volunteering for a number of environmental organizations including the Audubon Society, International Dark Sky Association, and Gale Academy of Environmental Science and Technology at Forest Hill High School.
After retirement, his career came full circle back to where it started- spending time on the beach fighting the marine debris problem. For the past year, Paul has worked with the Sea to Shore Alliance managing the Healthy Habitats and Ocean marine debris environmental education program. The program brings a mobile classroom (a converted bus) to schools and special events. The program also coordinates regular beach cleanups and collaborates with other volunteer groups to reduce the impacts of marine debris.
He still surfs.