WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida's attorney general on Wednesday activated the state's price gouging hotline as millions of residents prepare for Hurricane Dorian.
This comes as Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 26 counties in the path of the storm, which includes Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
Florida’s Price Gouging Law only applies within the area of the declared state of emergency.
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“Floridians in the projected path of this storm should take steps now to ensure they are prepared for a strike and the possibility of days without electricity. This means purchasing essential commodities such as food, water and fuel. I have activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline in an effort to prevent gouging, so Floridians can afford essential items now. Please report gouging to my office by calling (866) 9NO-SCAM or download our new reporting app—NO SCAM.”
Under Florida's laws, it is illegal to charge unconscionable prices for goods or services following a declared state of emergency.
Individuals or businesses found guilty of price gouging could face fines up to $1,000 per violation, or up to a maximum of $25,000 per day.
I have activated Florida's Price Gouging Hotline.— Fla. AG Ashley Moody (@AGAshleyMoody) August 28, 2019
Floridians in the projected path of #HurricaneDorian prepare now—and report price gouging to my office by calling (866) 9NO-SCAM or by downloading our reporting app NO SCAM. pic.twitter.com/GRrQhj9DOZ