Florida’s price gouging hotline activated as Tropical Storm Ian approaches

FILE- In this April 28, 2011 file photo, John Magel pumps gas at a station in Wethersfield,...
FILE- In this April 28, 2011 file photo, John Magel pumps gas at a station in Wethersfield, Conn. As $4 a gallon gasoline becomes commonplace, drivers have made tough choices: scaling back vacations, driving less or ditching the car altogether. And a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows the impact of sustained high prices is spreading among seniors and higher-income Americans. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, file)(ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Published: Sep. 24, 2022 at 12:45 PM EDT
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Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline has been activated with Tropical Storm Ian approaching the state.

The activation comes after Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in 24 counties.

In areas covered by the state of emergency, Floridians can report instances of severe price increases on items needed to prepare for the storm, such as food, water, hotel rooms, ice, gasoline, lumber, equipment and storm-related services.

The state of emergency for Tropical Storm Ian is declared for the following counties: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and St. Lucie.

You can report price gouging to the Florida Attorney General’s Office by visiting MyFloridaLegal.com or by calling 1-866-9NO-SCAM.

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