AbstractAt present, the (re)discovery of the sea as an economic space exposes shortcomings with respect to the use of the marine environment. Offshore wind farming is a case in point that highlights shortcomings with respect to marine spatial planning. Economic interests need to be contrasted with the public perception of the coast and sea and visions for their future use. This paper places local views into the context of current forms and processes of spatial management at a national and regional level. This demonstrates clear discrepancies in multilevel governance.