The Sunshine Economy: Filling Up The Tank Less Often

Aug 13, 2013

Lee Doucette
Credit Tom Hudson

We are burning less gasoline. That may sound strange but Floridians have less of a thirst for gas.

Some of the drop can be blamed on the slower economy since the Great Recession, but also we are driving more fuel efficient cars and trucks. Except for a three-year period (2004-2006) the volume of gasoline Florida drivers are buying has fallen from its high in 2002.

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Lee Doucette has run the Mobil station at SW 104th and US 1 in Miami-Dade County for five years, but he's been involved with the business since his dad started it in 1961.

His gasoline business has followed the state trend, meaning people are filling up less often.