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‘This is a local issue’: Gas wholesaler points finger at middle man, gas stations for high prices | My Panhandle

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Gas prices are historically low throughout the country but our area of Florida isn’t reaping those benefits. Panama City Beach’s city council and the Bay County commission recently sent letters to the state, asking for an investigation into price gouging.

“As it’s gone down everywhere else, it’s just stayed the same here,” Mandy Watts, a Panama City Beach resident, said. One AAA diagram from Wednesday shows the counties impacted by Michael have among the highest gas prices in the state.

There’s been no formal investigation into price gouging so no one’s been found doing anything illegal. However, some say it’s unethical. “I definitely think a lot of places are price gouging. It’s definitely taking advantage of a lot of people who have nothing and are still just struggling to survive,” Kelly Moore, a Washington County resident, said.

So who exactly is responsible for the high prices?

Panama City Beach City Councilman Hector Solis said Chevron Oil in New Orleans reached out to the city council. “Chevron assured me that the wholesale prices selling to this area are in line with the prices in the state. This is not a wholesale gas price issue. This is a local issue, for distributorship and gas stations themselves, who have decided to keep the prices inflated,” he said.

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‘This is a local issue’: Gas wholesaler points finger at middle man, gas stations for high prices.