Gov. Crist Threatens to Prosecute Anyone Price Gouging
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2008
“TO REPORT SUSPECTED CASES OF PRICE GOUGING, PLEASE CALL 1-800-HELP-FLA or 1-866-966-7226.”
CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE (850) 488-5394
Statement by GOVERNOR CHARLIE CRIST Regarding Florida’s Fuel Supply and Gas Prices
The people of Texas are in our prayers, and we stand ready to help them in the recovery efforts following the storm. Last evening, I reached out to Governor Perry to let him know that Floridians are prepared to assist our neighbors in their time of need.
“It is important for the people of Florida to know that our state currently has an adequate fuel supply. Major fuel companies continue to deliver millions of gallons of gasoline and diesel to retailers and communities across the state. In addition, we are coordinating with the petroleum industry and representatives from the Florida Petroleum Council and Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association to ensure that there is fuel to meet current consumer needs.
“Despite this fact, there are confirmed reports of gas stations charging more than five dollars a gallon, which can only be described as unconscionable. Raising rates to exorbitant levels like this only causes unnecessary panic and fear. This type of behavior will not be tolerated, and I pledge to work with Attorney General McCollum and Agriculture Commissioner Bronson to ensure swift and appropriate action is taken against all price gougers.