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Boat Owners Association of The United States
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Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com
Media Alert: Boat Owners Association of The United States Asks Florida Boaters to Speak up on Florida HB 4001
Repeal of the Ethanol Mandate, Keep Option for Boaters
WHAT: A Florida state law passed in 2008 mandates that all gasoline sold in the state contain 9% to 10% ethanol. Although there is an exception for fuel sold for use in boats, this law has made finding ethanol-free fuel more difficult. HB 4001, which would repeal the sunshine state’s ethanol mandate, has passed the Florida Legislature and now awaits Governor Scott’s signature. In order to keep boaters and angler’s ability to buy ethanol-free fuel for their boat and other small engines, we urge boat owners to ask the Governor to sign HB 4001.
-- Recreational boating is a $10 billion per year industry in the state and employs 40,633 people.
-- Although boat owners can currently find ethanol-free fuel in some marinas, the state mandate has made it more difficult to find it at gas stations and convenience stores.
-- While gasoline with ethanol may cost less than ethanol-free gasoline, it also contains less energy, requiring more trips to the pump.