For the first time, Mobile and Baldwin counties have come together to pursue common interests for the region with a legislative agenda adopted recently by our Coastal Alabama Partnership board. By doing this, we are speaking with one voice and leveraging our collective strength in Montgomery and Washington, DC.
The initiatives focus on four issues of importance to our two counties—insurance rates and regulations, infrastructure/ transportation, the seafood industry and Restore Act funds. As detailed in our September 10th blog, while trying to stabilize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the Biggert Waters Act has instead caused rate increases for many home and business owners and impacted many people whose properties have never been flooded.
We are a member of a business and trade coalition that has asked Congress to delay implementing portions of the law until FEMA submits mandated reports. (Read Business and Trade Association Coalition Letter).
Our second area of focus is on infrastructure. We’re advocating for an expedited review of the I-10 Bridge study; funding for a proposed Route B option if there is construction of a new bridge; and completion of the Foley Beach Expressway.
The Gulf Coast seafood industry is one of our most valuable resources. We believe that with a minimal investment, we can help processors and fisheries modernize and expand their operations, which will result in significant economic benefits.
As recovery funds continue coming in from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, CAP urges careful evaluation of projects to ensure true economic and environmental benefits to Coastal Alabama.