Palm Beach County passes ordinance on gas station cash, credit price signage

Vote happened after several WPTV consumer reports

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Gas stations in Palm Beach County will soon be required to clearly state the cash and credit price of gasoline.

Tuesday, the Palm Beach County Commission unanimously passed an ordinance forcing gas stations to more clearly display what you will pay before pulling up to a pump.

Consumer Watchdog Jenn Strathman has been investigating the issue since uncovering consumer complaints that some stations advertised a low price on the street, but charged a higher price at the pump if a driver used a credit card.

Many stations say they're charging more for credit card use because they have to pay a fee every time a consumer swipes plastic at the pump.

They opposed the ordinance claiming it will be costly to change their signage.

County Commissioner Hal Valeche took action based on WPTV’s findings and his own experiences with confusing signs. “I'm sorry there are probably a few bad apples that are ruining it for everybody else,” he said.

The Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association wants one standard across the state and questions whether the new ordinance is legal.

Stations have one year to change their signs to comply with the new ordinance.