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Storm Watch: Price Gouging Hotline activated

August 25, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The state's Price Gouging Hotline has been activated.

Anyone who suspects price gouging during this declared State of Emergency is asked to report such suspicions to report ithe office of the Attorney General by calling 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226). Florida law prohibits extreme increases in the price of essential commodities such as food, water, hotels, ice, gasoline, lumber and equipment needed as a direct result of an officially declared emergency.

Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to civil penalties of $1,000 per violation and up to a total of $25,000 for multiple violations committed in a single 24-hour period. In addition to the civil penalties for price gouging, state law criminalizes the sale of goods and services to the public without possession of an occupational license. Violators of the law can be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor. For more information on price gouging, please click here.

Source: Office of the Attorney General



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