11/25/2006Florida: Signs to Warn Motorists From Citgo Gas
Florida will install signs to let toll road users know of alternatives to gas stations linked to socialist leader Hugo Chavez.
The state of Florida will install signs along the Florida Turnpike informing motorists of alternative locations to purchase gas along the 312-mile route. The move is meant to discourage the use of Citgo gas which is a subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela S.A and under the control of Venezuela's socialist leader, Hugo Chavez.
State Representative Adam Hasner (R-Delray Beach) had challenged the state Department of Transportation head Denver Stutler, Jr. to cancel its exclusive contract with Citgo which does not expire until 2008. The state entered contract with the company in 1994, five years before Chavez took power.
"We must send a clear message to Chavez, and the current government of Venezuela, that the state of Florida and are citizens will not support institutions that seek the destabilization of America and our institutions and freedoms," Hasner wrote.
The state will also ensure motorists are not charged a toll to re-enter the Turnpike after purchasing gas.