You’d think we would have learned from 2020, back when people hoarded toilet paper and milk for no discernable reason. But panic really messes with some people. They wait in line for hours at gas stations, then fill dozens of plastic fuel tanks in preparation for the latest armageddon. Social media does nothing to help, either. People post and forward ‘facts’ without checking their validity. It’s easier to post than confirm. I get it. For the record, here’s what actually happened with the hacking of the Colonial Pipeline and how it will effect us here in the Bay area. A few days ago, hackers forced the Colonial Pipeline to shutdown. It remains inactive until the problem is totally fixed. That is expected to happen in the next few days. The Colonial Pipeline does not serve our area. Tampa and its metro are served by ships coming in from the Gulf of Mexico. The only part of Florida that is serviced by the Colonial Pipeline is the panhandle region (Pensacola and Tallahassee). As of last night, about 50% of gas stations in Pensacola had experienced at least a temporary shortage of gas. In Tallahassee, about a third of stations had run out of gas temporarily. While there have been sporadic reports of fuel shortgaes in our area, they are primarily blamed on hoarders stocking up on fuel and buying more than usual. Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for Florida in anticipation of a shortage. The declaration accomplishes a couple of things. First, it prevents dealers from price gouging by increasing penalties for doing so. It also relaxes fuel transporting limits, making it easier for truckers to deliver larger amounts of fuel. While the gas problems probably won’t complicate your life here in Tampa, you may want to check into availability of fuel if you have to travel north anytime soon. Source: ABCActionNews.com
Sean Roberts was conceived in the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky by two passionate, panel aligning, third shifters who had grown bored with the same ole same ole. Upon birth, he was placed in the trunk of a new Stingray and sent off to find his destiny. That destiny included several stints on radio stations across the United States. Some played punk country gospel, while others focused on Croatian death metal played backwards. After many years and many adventures, Sean wound up on The Shark, where he does shots of tequila while playing the most badass tunes ever created by humankind. He remains humble, however, never forgetting about the lean years...the street corners and dark alleys where he played songs on his car stereo for food and sex. He's on top and he's never gonna stop LIVING THE DREAM!