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Old 11-24-2018, 05:58 PM   #1
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Why is gas so cheap in Orlando?

I travel down to Orlando, Florida to visit family about twice a year. Every time I have noticed that gasoline is really inexpensive there. It is always cheaper in Orlando than at my home or the places in between as I drive down and back. On this trip the lowest price I saw was $2.19 per gallon in the Orlando suburbs, whereas I saw prices ranging up to $2.70 on the drive back. Today it was $2.55 in Milton, in the Panhandle. Orlando is a large metro area, heavily populated, which usually means higher prices than in smaller towns off the beaten path. There are no refineries nearby that I know of. I can't figure out why gasoline there is so cheap. I'm not complaining, mind you, but I'm puzzled. Any ideas?
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Old 11-24-2018, 06:02 PM   #2
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Returned from Columbus Ohio to NE TN today lowest seen was $2.10 in TN.
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Returned from Columbus Ohio to NE TN today lowest seen was $2.10 in TN.
$2.13 at Sapp Bros about 75 miles west of Chicago on I-80 on last Tuesday about $2.25 in Fort Wayne. There is apparently a shortage north of Ohio because Michigan done run out of gas today.😜
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Old 11-24-2018, 07:32 PM   #5
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I travel down to Orlando, Florida to visit family about twice a year. Every time I have noticed that gasoline is really inexpensive there. It is always cheaper in Orlando than at my home or the places in between as I drive down and back. On this trip the lowest price I saw was $2.19 per gallon in the Orlando suburbs, whereas I saw prices ranging up to $2.70 on the drive back. Today it was $2.55 in Milton, in the Panhandle. Orlando is a large metro area, heavily populated, which usually means higher prices than in smaller towns off the beaten path. There are no refineries nearby that I know of. I can't figure out why gasoline there is so cheap. I'm not complaining, mind you, but I'm puzzled. Any ideas?
I see the opposite around here. I live in a small quazi rural town and drive to my daughters on the other side of Springfield Ma. I see gas in the city considerably cheaper then out here. I figure it's transportation costs to get the gas out to the stations. Might be Orlando has a big distribution terminal so transport would be about nil.

Competition might come into it too. We had 1 gas station till recently, not much reason to drop prices. One corner I drive across on the way to DD's has one on each corner, 4 gas stations at one intersection. It's where I try and stop as they all have the lowest prices around.
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one word, Disney...........the reason there is no state income tax and cheap gas for tourists, Walt Disney.
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$2.13 at Sapp Bros about 75 miles west of Chicago on I-80 on last Tuesday about $2.25 in Fort Wayne. There is apparently a shortage north of Ohio because Michigan done run out of gas today.😜
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Dave, you are so bad!! The folks in Columbus Ohio were beyond happy today!! 😀
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Michael, some counties have an additional tax on gasoline. So do some cities. I know that a few years ago Brevard county voters approved an additional gasoline tax. Gas in Palm Bay is $2.199/ gal at Wawa, but I filled up at Wawa in St Pete today for $2.159/gal. I've always thought that gas in Orlando is more expensive than on the Spacecoast, at least before the additional tax was approved.
Gas inside the Washingtin, DC beltway is more expensive than rural Maryland because there's an extra tax to help fund the Metro.
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Hi George and Linda,
Hope you had a good Thanksgiving. Two of my kids are OSU graduates as is my son in law. I did not get to a game this year but try to catch them on television when I can. Spent about all of October in Tennessee. We’re signed up for Davey Crockett next fall and hope to see you there if not before.
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one word, Disney...........the reason there is no state income tax and cheap gas for tourists, Walt Disney.
Maybe. I remember hearing that one third of Florida's economy depends upon tourism. But Disney World opened in the early 1970s and we've never had an income tax; it is prohibited in the state's constitution. And to be more precise, I was in Oviedo, on the opposite side of the Orlando Metro area from Disney World. Tourists are unlikely to wander over that way. I think there is something else going on that influences supply and demand for gasoline there. Local gas excise taxes or lack thereof might be the answer.
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