Coastal Protection: Infrastructure, Flood Insurance, and Fishing
For both Marshfield and Scituate, our shoreline is one of our greatest assets. However, persistent flooding and more frequent severe storms have intensified the need to continually repair our crumbling coastal infrastructure and protect our homeowners, tourism, and maritime businesses.
Coastal resiliency and rebuilding infrastructure are top priorities for Sean. As Legislative Director to State Representative Ayers, an active member of the House’s Coastal Caucus, Sean has advocated with and gained funding through the Dam & Seawall Fund. He will advocate for a similar formula to create low-interest loans and grants to elevate homes along the shoreline. He will also work with stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan to strengthen seawalls while combating the environmental dangers that impact our residents and businesses. One important step in doing so is a study of where installation of wave attenuation devices might help protect our beaches and seawalls, an investment that would reduce the need for and costs associated with rebuilding. Sean will press for state funding of such a study.
Flood insurance (National Flood Insurance Program, NFIP) has been an ongoing problem for both towns. Former Representative Cantwell fought FEMA’s inaccurate flood maps and worked through our Congressional delegation to prevent massive increases in insurance costs for those who were not actually in the flood plain. Sean will continue fighting for fair and accurate flood maps that can stabilize the financial threats to Marshfield and Scituate residents.
At a recent candidate forum, Sean said: "Seawalls and the National Flood Insurance Program don’t just impact those who live within reach of the ocean – they have an impact on our towns as a whole. If the NFIP is allowed to lapse, we'll face a crisis within real estate and banking as home sales and closings grind to a halt and banks begin to foreclose on those who can’t afford private flood insurance. We can’t afford to not stand by our coastal neighbors and lose a major segment of our property tax base.
I’m proud to have the support of Rita Coffey, President of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORs and Scituate oceanfront homeowners like Kathy Joyce of Humarock Beach and Marj Bates of Lighthouse Point. They are on the front lines fighting for our coastal property owners, and they recognize that my experience will translate into action."
Fishing, Tourism, and other maritime businesses support many district residents. These interests are addressed on the Economic Development page.