May 20, 2013
Dear Florida BoatU.S. Member,
Would you like the option of fueling your boat with ethanol-free
gasoline? We need your help to make this easier in Florida. A state law
passed in 2008 mandates that all gasoline sold in Florida contain 9 to
10 percent 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 Florida ethanol mandate, has passed the
Florida Legislature and now awaits Governor Scott’s signature. In order
to sustain your ability to buy ethanol-free fuel for your boat and other
small engines, we urge you to ask the Governor
to sign HB 4001.
BoatU.S. recognizes that renewable fuels are an important part of our
nation’s overall energy future and that boaters over the past few years
have had some challenges with ethanol. While there can be honest
differences of opinion over the merits of using corn-based ethanol as a
renewable fuel source, it is clear that many boaters still want options.
A few important items to consider:
There are over 850,000 registered boats in Florida, most of which
Recreational boating is a $10 billion per year industry in the state
and employs 40,633 people.
Although you 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
Please contact Governor Scott and urge him to sign HB 4001.
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