Sobe gas stations are gouging


Gas all over South Beach is still close to $3.00 a gallon, while gas all over the rest of Dade is as low as $2.22 per gallon. Why? Can this be anything other than gas gouging? This photo was taken at the Shell station at Alton Road and 17th Street in Sobe. They should be ashamed of themselves.

7 Comments so far

  1. Gus (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 8:29 pm

    What’s new? South Beach has been gouging hotel room rates, drink prices, food, and apartment rentals for as long as I can remember. ;)

  2. Elias (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2006 @ 10:01 am

    I think gas has always been way more expensive on the Beach.

  3. Blaine Zuver (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 9:59 pm

    It’s disgusting. Stations like this prey upon tourists – but locals suffer too – why should they have to drive 10 or 15 miles round trip to fill up for nearly 50 a gallon cents less – I saw $ 2.07 today out west along Bird Road. Probably $1.98 by next week, but not in SoBe.

  4. mikey (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 9:40 am

    Uhh isn’t that just capatilism? I mean We aren’t talking about raising prices after a disaster, we are talking about a business that has a prime location being able to charge more for their service. I don’t own a gas station or anything but, I’m all for them being allowed to charge what the market will pay. If you don’t want to pay their prices buy your gas on the mainland. If you mandadted prices be the same for all locations you might find that gas statations that sit on expensive real estate, can make more money by shutting down and selling the land. Leaving you with one less option to get gas.

  5. grog argh (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 3:48 pm

    I NEVER gas up in South Beach – I would have to be on FUMES to get gas there. I would bet that the main reasons this is always more expensive is because of higher miami beach taxes on the gas – and plus of course your standard “vapor” tax – or as others call the tourist tax.

    Speaking of taxes, hasnt anyone noticed just how impossible living here has gotten over the last couple of years? When I moved back here from Atlanta back in Sept 2001, everything was basically par – not expensive, not cheap. Gas was around $1.79 a gallon, regular houses were still “cheap” around $160 – $170 (average) – meaning your real estate taxes were around $2000 – $3000 tops.

    NOW fast forward 5 years, gas is $2.20 (it was $3.00 for the longest time though), houses now average $340 – $360K, and real estate taxes are now around $5000 – $8000 per year. And people who dont own cant afford rent anymore. This place has become unlivable. Really.

    The only way I will sell my house (if I can now) is to GET OUT. But where? Sure Texas and North Carolina is cheaper – but who wants to live there?

  6. VXO (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 2:18 am

    There’s actually a good reason for the prices at that station.

    Shell has two kinds of stations… the independently owned and operated older ones, and the new ones, which have no real independent business portion whatsoever.

    Shell has been trying to phase out the independent stations for maximum profit. One of their means of trying to force this is that they charge about 20% more for fuel to the independent stations than they sell it for at their centrally owned stations.

  7. Pete (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 5:25 pm

    As a former gas man myself I can tell you that all of the above are valid reasons for the high prices. Another reason is the lack of competition. There just isn’t that many stations or space left to build stations in SOBE. Therefore, operators feel they can charge more because people have very few choices. Most locals will rather pay more than drive all the way to the mainland. Competition always drives the price down across the board. And with the real estate prices and land availability at a premium. Not to mention the NIMBY crowd (Not in my backyard) crowd. You won’t be seeing any new stations going up in the future.

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