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 a declared state of emergency. My office has received more than 40 price gouging complaints. My investigators are following up on these complaints, contacting the consumers and businesses, and making site visits to the businesses, where appropriate, to ensure that if there is a potential pricing issue, the business is advised immediately so that it can change its practices and make refunds.
The majority of the complaints received involve gas pricing, motel rates or tree removal service fees. Anyone who suspects price gouging during this declared state of emergency should report it to my office by calling 1-866-9-NO-SCAM.
I am grateful for the partnerships between local communities and the state ensuring our safety before, during and after Hurricane Hermine’s impact, clearing roads and neighborhoods from dangerous downed power lines and tree limbs. I also want to thank our law enforcement and other first responders for their preparation for Hermine and their quick response to aid Floridians.
The Florida Human Trafficking Summit will honor outstanding citizens for their efforts to end human trafficking in Florida. Awards include Community Advocate of the Year, Law Enforcement Official of the Year, Prosecutor of the Year and Survivor Advocate of the Year. The deadline for submitting nominations for 2016 Human Trafficking Summit Awards has been extended to Sept. 15, 2016. For more information on the awards and how to nominate, click here.