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Will Better Meet Florida’s Long-Term Fuel Needs at Major Ports
TALLAHASSEE, FL (April 30, 2014) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce applauds the Florida Legislature today for passing a Florida Chamber-backed bill that invests in sustainable and reliable fuel infrastructure systems to help meet Florida’s long-term fuel needs at our 11 major ports.
Currently, Florida’s 39 terminals are located in, or are juxtaposed to 11 of Florida’s major ports. On an average day, Florida’s terminals receive and distribute 26 million gallons of gasoline, diesel, and aviation fuel. Secure transportation fuel supplies are essential for tourism, agriculture, and manufacturing/trade logistics, as well as the day-to-day lives of citizens.
“This bill will protect the energy storage capacity in the state from aggressive land use regulations while protecting home rule issues,” said Representative Lake Ray (R-Jacksonville), sponsor of the House bill.
SB 1070, sponsored by Senator Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby), will allow certain fuel terminals to be permitted under local government comprehensive plans. Florida’s economic growth relies on our ability to receive, store and distribute fuel. Existing fuel terminals are an essential component of Florida’s fuel infrastructure, serving as intermodal facilities for receiving, storing and distributing fuel to end users.
Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.