Business, Property Owners Gather at Windstorm Insurance Rally - South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Local Business, Property Owners Gather at Windstorm Insurance Rally

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Some say the latest proposed increases in windstorm insurance rates could halt, or at the very least hamper, the current economic boom in South Texas.

That was the basic theme of a windstorm insurance rally held in the Corpus Christi City Council chambers Monday afternoon. Local officials, realtors and property owners filled the room to talk strategy in advance of a scheduled Texas Windstorm Insurance Association board meeting Tuesday at the Omni Bayfront Hotel in Corpus Christi.

Monday's rally was organized by the Chamber of Commerce.

"What needs to happen is that we get the attention of the rest of the state that, with the twisters they have in the other parts of the state, some areas very common, we need to spread this exposure around to the whole state," property owner Dan Winship said.

"In the bill that we were pushing, we were going to take a three-percent assessment on ourselves in the 14 counties and put a one-percent assessment on the rest of the state, which would only kick in at a certain level if a storm happened," Ingleside Mayor Pete Perkins said. "They were not having that at all."

Some at Monday's rally called for the agency to be abolished if its rates couldn't be adjusted fairly. State Representative Todd Hunter said the state needs to allow the 14 coastal counties more of a voice.

"The big issue is we've got to educate on how coastal issues help the state of Texas, and that we should be included in any law making that goes across this state," Hunter said.

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