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Gas prices on Catalina Island, California top $7 a gallon

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
April 9th, 2012
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Catalina Island is a popular resort off the coast of California best known for its picturesque scenery, seafood and hiking. The island paradise does have a catch, however: For the past two weeks, gas prices on the island have been an average of $7 a gallon.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Stacy Dizon, who works at the Santa Catalina Island Co.-owned gas station on Pebbly Road reports that a gallon of regular unleaded on Saturday was $7.03. The gas station is one of two service stations catering to the island.

About a mile-and-a-half away, Ivan Hernandez at the city-owned Avalon Marine Dock says the price of regular unleaded is $6.90 a gallon, down 10 cents from last week.

Many Catalina Island residents aren't complaining.

"There's not a lot to complain about when we're living on an island," Catherine Rogers, a server at Original Jack's Country Kitchen says.

Having lived in Avalon for 33 years, Rogers says that she doesn't hear a lot of complaints about gas prices since many residents walk and those who do drive use golf carts to get around, many of which are electric.

Those who drive golf carts typically only fill up about once a month.

Tony Gomez, who works at La Paloma, has lived on the island for 15 years and says that the price of a gallon of regular unleaded was $7.10.

Gomez says that the people on Catalina Island pay on average about $2 more for gas as compared to prices on the mainland.

Residents accept the fact that gas prices will be higher since the fuel is barged in.

"It's not uncommon to see unusually high gas prices in certain remote areas, but of course, $7 gas may be a new high point for almost anywhere in the U.S.," Automobile Club of Southern California spokesperson Jeffrey Spring said. "It's a reminder to all of us that this year has been very expensive at the pump for Southern California drivers."

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