Gas Prices Hurting One Town
By Gavin Johnson, WCJB TV20 News
High gas prices aren't just affecting those who travel on the road, they're also affecting those on water. At the Cedar Key Marina a gallon of gas is $4.75 a gallon. But people who work here say they're seeing an increase in business. David Putnam a worker at the marina says locally more people are coming to the marina more than ever. Putnam says, "It's a lot less driving, a day time visit. People bring their kids get to fish and have an experience they remember."
Jerry Beckham a clam farmer says $100 worth of gas only lasts him two days. He also says since last year his business has gone down 30%.
It's not a rosy outlook for many of the other tourism related businesses. Many of the Cedar Key hotels and restaurants have started giving special discounts and lowering their prices hoping to compensate for those out of control gas prices.