Dear Editor:

More than 16.5 million visitors visited South Florida last year, a 3.5 increase from the year before, according to recent reports, citing the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. This news followed similar reports from other tourism agencies including Visit Florida, which said Florida drew a record 126.1 million visitors in 2018. The pace has only accelerated this year: Per Gov. Ron DeSantis, 35.7 million people visited between January and March this year, a historic high.

Many factors sparked these historic crowds, none more than lower gas prices, courtesy of expansions in energy production and infrastructure nationwide.

It wasn’t long ago when gasoline was more than $4 a gallon and tourism agencies were handing out gas cards to offset costs and entice out-of-towners to visit. Things sure have changed. Pump prices remain far below that historic mark, and out-of-staters are no longer deterred from driving or flying here for business or pleasure.

Because a disruption in affordable prices would adversely impact tourism, we must learn from our $4-for-gas ways from years ago and keep today’s fuel prices as low as possible. To do that, we should continue to push forward with what works: energy development and expansion that keeps energy bills lower and our environment clean.

Kevin Doyle

Consumer Energy Alliance

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