Deerfield-News-Deerfield Beach, Fl-While panic buying consumers have hit Tennessee and North Carolina, thus far South Florida has not seen huge gas lines. As a result of the cyber attack on the Colonial pipeline, Florida Governor DeSantis has declared a state of emergency in Florida. Included in the emergency order are the following.
- Directs “all state, regional and local governmental agencies, including law enforcement agencies, to identify personnel needed … to assist in meeting the response, recovery, and mitigation needs created by this emergency.”
- Orders “the Adjutant General to activate the Florida National Guard, as needed, to deal with this emergency.” Major General James O. Eifert oversees approximately 12,000 soldiers and airmen, according to a state website.
- Says the Governor “may suspend all statutes and rules affecting budgeting to the extent necessary to provide budget authority for state agencies to cope with this emergency.”
- Authorizes the Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation to “suspend enforcement of registration requirements … for commercial motor vehicles that enter the State of Florida to provide fuel, emergency services, or supplies.”
- Waives “size and weight restrictions … on vehicles supporting emergency relief efforts by transporting gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products in Florida.”
- Makes it “unlawful … for a person to … sell at an unconscionable price … any essential commodity,” or in other words, outlaws price gouging.
“The disruption of Colonial Pipeline operations poses a significant and immediate threat,” the governor said.
Deerfield-News.com drove thru the city today and did not see any gas lines. if you have seen gas lines in Deerfield let us know. As the headline states, we get our gas from the ports, not the Colonial pipeline. In Central Florida, some gasoline and jet fuel travel thru Florida’s Taft terminal and pipeline which is also unaffected like the ports.