Marshfield: Regional Coastal Coalition fights back against FEMA flood insurance hikes

Representatives from five communities attended a meeting of The South East Regional Coastal Coalition at Saint Anne’s Parish Hall in Marshfield Thursday night, the topic – fighting back against The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s expanded flood maps and high flood insurance premiums.

About 25 representatives from the towns of Marshfield, Scituate, Hingham and Quincy turned out for the meeting.

Another 10 communities are committed to being part of the coalition.

The Marshfield Citizen’s Coastal Coalition is spearheading the effort to bring together the regional coalition, to push back against FEMA’s drastic flood insurance increases and eventually to become part of national group to speak as one voice against FEMA’s policies.

 “If we are able to regionalize here and then send representatives to national meetings, we will have an extremely powerful voice of both local governmental and local citizens that are advocating for affordable flood insurance nationally,” Coalition Chairman Joe Rossi explained.

The South East Regional Coastal Coalition is planning to meet again next month.



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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.