Florida anglers and other boat owners are really lucky to have a state government that is looking out for them.
A state law makes it illegal to sell non-ethanol gasoline for anything other than boats, motorcycles, small engines, and “classics.” Consequently, most stations offer ethanol only fuel. But some stations scattered around the state offer “recreational fuel” just for anglers and boaters.
Isn’t that great?
Not really. In truth, Florida anglers and other boat owners are being ripped off by the state because they must use non-ethanol gas to keep from destroying their engines.
Here’s what I mean: When I was down at Lake Okeechobee last week, 10-percent ethanol gas sold for $2.69, while “recreational fuel” at the same station cost $3.69.
That’s right. If you want to run to your older outboard without destroying it, you must pay $1 more a gallon for a fuel that actually is cheaper to produce than 10-percent ethanol gasoline.
By contrast, where I live in Missouri, “recreational fuel,” which is available at just about every station, was selling for $2.38 when I left on Nov. 29 and just $2.19 when I returned.
Here’s an article that explains the situation in Florida.