Insurance difficulties hit entire Gulf Coast

Insurance is a major issue along the entire Gulf Coast, not just Alabama, and officials in several states are working together to resolve issues such as cost, availability and concerns that legislation could increase rates in areas away from the coast, state Rep. Steve McMillan, R-Gulf Shores, said Thursday.

Addressing a meeting of the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce in Foley, McMillan said officials are sharing information from studies and looking at combining resources in insurance pools in efforts to help residents and businesses.

“The Mississippi insurance commissioner (Mike Chaney) described it as the No. 1 quality of life issue on the Mississippi coast and the No. 1 economic issue and as far as I can determine that’s about the way it is here too,” McMillan said. “It’s having a real ripple effect

Insurance difficulties hit entire Gulf Coast