The Massachusetts Coastal Coalition (MCC) is a nationally recognized 501c3 non-profit whose members are stakeholders interested or affected by flood hazards. The MCC has expanded over the years to include both a local and national focus. In addition to our education, information services and advocating for legislation and reform, we now also provide risk information products and are adding more all the time.
The MCC was established on February 2nd, 2012 as the Marshfield Citizens Coastal Coalition (MCCC) as a means to communicate coastal hazards better to citizens. Originally focused on only local coastal infrastructure issues, the MCCC became experts in informational outreach on flood insurance and mapping issues after the passage of the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012 (BW-12). The Town of Marshfield was caught in a “perfect storm” when in the spring of 2013 new flood maps were also proposed for the community. The result of new legislation and new maps meant flood insurance premiums began to skyrocket. During 2013, the MCCC held many citizen outreaches and joined together with national organizations such as the Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance (CSFI) to advocate for short term premium relief. The culmination of the national effort was the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA) which stopped the severe increases from the BW-12 Act. Since then, the MCCC has grown its knowledge base and expanded its capabilities to include all flood related hazards. The MCC formalized by establishing a Board of Directors in 2015. Past and current members include retired FEMA specialists, mortgage lenders, Community Rating System (CRS) experts, insurance specialists, architects, coastal scientists and more.
The MCCC has now become the MCC to move further into the national spotlight while still serving our local interests. With unique products and services, the MCC will continue to serve citizens and stakeholders first. But more recently the MCC has moved to educate realtors, insurance agents, communities, lenders and other professional organizations and industries on flood hazards. Recent educational programs include presentations to the Town of Hull, the MCC Flood Insurance Summit in 2016, legislative updates for the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, insurance presentations to Franklin St. Brokers in Florida, and ongoing education to the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents just to name a few.
Chair and Executive Director Joe Rossi travels the country each year to speak at various national conferences. We are always growing and looking for more educational opportunities all across the country. Contact us, become a member and get to know us!