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Florida Governor Scott: We’re Working Aggressively to Get More Fuel to Gas Stations

Florida Governor Scott made the following statement outlining the steps that are being taken to bring more fuel to Florida gas stations.

Governor Scott said, “We are aggressively working around the clock to bring more fuel to Florida gas stations. I have held calls with the federal government, fuel retailers and oil companies to find ways to address this issue. During these calls, I made it clear to retailers and oil companies that I must know exactly what they need so we can work to get fuel to Floridians fast. We have asked fuel companies to identify ships that are in route to our ports so we can arrange military escorts to get them here faster. To further expedite fuel delivery, I have directed state police to escort fuel trucks to gas stations along evacuation routes. For gas stations in evacuation zones: we need you to stay open as long as possible so people can get out. We will arrange police escorts for your employees so they can get out safely. We need your gas stations to stay open as long as possible.

“All Florida ports are operational and able to accept fuel shipments. Currently, there is a fuel ship in route from a refinery in Mississippi to the Port of Tampa for resupply. I have directed the State Emergency Response Team to arrange a military escort into the port. This is in addition to a ship currently in Tampa that is unloading more than 300,000 barrels of fuel to resupply gas stations in the evacuation zones. Our focus will continue to be getting fuel to Floridians quickly.

“I have also waived restrictions and regulations to expedite the ability of fuel trucks to deliver to stations. Also, at my request, the same restrictions have been waived in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama.

“To all Floridians – if you know you are going to shelter in your county, please take only the fuel you need. You don’t need to fill your tank to the brim to stay in your county. This will help ensure all Floridians will have access to gas.”

Governor Scott has taken the following action to expedite fuel delivery:

  • Governor Scott has directed state police to escort fuel delivery trucks so they can quickly deliver fuel to gas stations along evacuation routes. This includes the Florida Keys, where police evacuation escorts have been offered to identified gas station employees so gas stations can stay open as long as possible.
  • Governor Scott has rescinded all weight and driver restrictions for highways so water, food, fuel and emergency supplies can be quickly brought to Florida.
  • Following a request from Governor Scott, the same restrictions have been waived in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina.
  • Governor Scott has spoken with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, FEMA administrator Brock Long, Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, and Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao about waiving rules and regulations to get gas into Florida quickly.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved an emergency fuel waiver at the Governor’s request which will allow more fuel to quickly enter the state.
  • All Florida ports are operational and are prioritizing fuel shipments.

Fuel Updates

  • The state has worked with fuel suppliers to identify excess fuel in the Western Panhandle to potentially arrange escorts to ensure that there is fuel supply where needed for evacuations.
  • Emergency fuel contractors have secured 1.5 million gallons of fuel for initial delivery and confirmed that additional fuel supply is on standby for future deliveries.
  • The state is working to identify other fuel ships that can be diverted to Florida ports for fuel supply.
  • There is currently a fuel ship in route from a refinery in Mississippi to the Port of Tampa for resupply. The Governor has directed the State Emergency Response Team to arrange a military escort into the port. This is in addition to a ship currently in Tampa that is unloading more than 300,000 barrels of fuel to resupply gas stations in the evacuation zones.

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Best Overnight Stopovers Along I-10 in Arizona

What makes a great overnite stop? Consider this… you’ve traveled all day, you’re tired, hungry, the kids are wired… you get the picture. What you really need right about then is that perfect overnite stop… an exit where you feel safe and comfortable… an exit with a good mix of accommodations and a variety of eating places… not just fast food. And, maybe a little shopping later before you get back to the motel. The next morning you can gas up nearby and head out. Everything you need conveniently located right off the exit! That’s what we consider a great overnite stop!

I-10, Exit 128 – Litchfield Road

Just west of Phoenix, this exit has several great hotels, including Best Western, Hampton Inn and Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites. There are also dozens of restaurants and fast food outlets, discount gas and several shopping options. What’s more, you can take in a movie at the nearby Palm Vally 14 Cinemas.

I-10, Exit 139 – 51st Avenue

Near Downtown Phoenix, this exit boasts a dozen hotels including… Americas Best Value Inn, Budget Inn, Crossland Economy Studios, Holiday Inn Phoenix West, La Quinta Inn and Suites, Red Roof Inn, Super 8, Travelers Inn and TraveLodge. You’ll find a good mix of dining options as well. Several gas stations right off the exit keep prices competitive. Downtown Phoenix is only a few miles away.

I-10, Exit 155 – Baseline Road, Guadalupe

East of Phoenix, is Guadalupe… and another great overnight stopover exit. There’s plenty of lodging here including: Best Western, Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Homestead Suites, Hotel Tempe/Phoenix Airport, Ramada, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites. There are also dozens of great restaurant choices and shopping at the Arizona Mills Mall.  The Arizona Sea Life Aquarium and Harkins 25 Cinema are nearby too!

I-10 Exit 194 – AZ287, Florence Boulevard, to Casa Grande

Casa Grande can be a welcomed relief for weary I-10 drivers and this exit is an oasis. Best Western Plus, Comfort Inn, Legacy Suites, MainStay Suites and Super 8 are located here. Over a dozen restaurants and several discount gas outlets round out the basics here. The Promenade at Casa Grande, a large new shopping complex is located just off the exit. You’ll find the Harkins Casa Grande 14 Theaters nearby too!

I-10, Exit 246 – Cortaro Road

About 10 miles northwest of of Tuscon is Exit 246, a great overnight stopover. Lodging here includes Comfort Inn and Suites, Days Inn and Suites, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, La Quinta Inn and Suites and Super 8. Lots of restaurants and several gas stations are conveniently located within 1/2 of this exit. Shopping options include Walmart and Kohl’s. Tower Theaters is also nearby.

I-10, Exit 340 – AZ186, Rex Allen Drive, Fort Grant Road

This exit is a sight for sore eyes while traveling I-10 in this part of Arizona. Willcox is a small town with a popular stopover exit. Located about an hour from the New Mexico border, you’ll find Days Inn, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and SuitesQuality Inn and Super 8 and others nearby. There are several restaurants and discount gas stations here as well as local shopping and grocery stores too.