When Joe Biden says no, Florida says go

Florida officials visit a new pipeline bringing natural gas to residents of Vero Beach.

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation’s Peninsula Pipeline Company began boring natural gas pipelines Tuesday, Jan. 10, to bring natural gas to residents in the Vero Beach area.

To understand this new project, elected officials joined Peninsula Pipeline and Florida City Gas for a site visit on Friday, Jan. 13.

In attendance were Congressman Bill Posey’s Director of Community Relations, David Jackson; state Rep. Robert Brackett; Town of Orchid Mayor Bob Gibbons; Town of Orchid Town Manager Cherry Stowe; Indian River County Commissioner Laura Moss; and Indian River County Legislative Affairs and Communication Manager Kathy Copeland.

“Natural gas is a desirable energy source that provides numerous benefits to consumers. I am thrilled that residents in the Vero Beach area will soon have the option to utilize natural gas in their homes and businesses,” said Brackett. “My biggest takeaway from today’s site visit was how environmentally friendly this energy infrastructure project is. The staff working on this project are remarkable professionals and understand the importance of supplying residents with natural gas while protecting our coast and keeping our environment safe and beautiful.”

The site visit highlighted existing and new infrastructure from Peninsula Pipeline and Florida City Gas and how natural gas supports Florida’s growing population by providing residents with a clean, safe, reliable, and affordable choice to power home appliances.

Over the next year and a half, energy infrastructure will continue to be laid to bring natural gas to residents as far south as the Vero Beach oceanside business district and as north as Windsor. The estimated cost to hook up natural gas to a home will be $80.

Friday’s site visit celebrates the expansion of natural gas in the Sunshine State on the heels of a week when Gov. Ron DeSantis championed natural gas and Floridians’ right to choose their energy source.

“You’re not taking our gas stoves away from us, that is your choice, and I know many people who cook a lot do not want to part with their gas stoves, and so we’re gonna stand up for that,” DeSantis said in The Villages on Jan. 12.

DeSantis’ remarks put him at odds with the Joe Biden administration, which recently found itself at the center of a growing nationwide debate about city and state gas bans.

Natural gas is desirable for its cost efficiency, which has collectively saved American families $143 billion over 10 years. Households that use natural gas for heating, cooking, and clothes drying save an average of $1,041 per year compared to homes using electricity for those applications.

What’s more, in a state prone to hurricanes, many Floridians enjoy the reliability of natural gas to cook food and power generators when all other power sources are out. The pipelines that deliver natural gas to homes are protected underground and often undisturbed by hurricanes.

Currently, more than 700,000 homes throughout Florida rely on natural gas, and nearly 70,000 businesses are powered by natural gas. That figure is expected to double during the next 10 years.

Now, Vero Beach residents will soon benefit from the cost-efficiency and reliability of natural gas.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises Media and is the publisher of FloridaPolitics.com, INFLUENCE Magazine, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Previous to his publishing efforts, Peter was a political consultant to dozens of congressional and state campaigns, as well as several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella. Follow Peter on Twitter @PeterSchorschFL.


  • Republicans are corrupt

    January 16, 2023 at 6:14 pm

    This is the most right leaning publication it speaks a lot of untruths. It doesn’t tell the whole story

    The right to choose on energy but women don’t have the right to choose. Got it.

    • Kent

      January 16, 2023 at 8:17 pm

      When the baby get there right

    • Cheri

      January 16, 2023 at 10:27 pm

      Taking someone else’s life, a completely innocent child’s life should never be a choice.

    • Steve

      January 17, 2023 at 7:33 am

      DemocRATS are the most scandalous and corrupt people on this planet. The freedom to use whichever power source you want is far far different than a woman getting to decide life or death of their child. Nobody has the right to take a life. A woman should have enough BRAINS to think of the repercussions of having UNPROTECTED sex before getting PREGNANT. If you play with fire 🔥 long enough, eventually you’re going to get burned!!

    • Paul

      January 17, 2023 at 8:45 am

      Women have the right choose to either have sex or not

  • ScienceBLVR

    January 16, 2023 at 7:59 pm

    Ok…this is some kind of a satiric take on the truth about natural gas and the opposing motivations of the DeSantis and Biden camps, right? Did someone hack Peter S’s email account? I’m confused..

  • MJ

    January 17, 2023 at 1:25 am

    “…by providing residents with a clean, safe, reliable, and affordable choice” This sounds like a freaking advertorial. Delete your account if this is the kind of anti-journalism you’re going to publish. It’s just embarrassing.

    • JL Ga

      January 17, 2023 at 2:18 am

      Natural Gas is not all that safe and articles on the emissions from gas stoves is all too real. Natural Gas can kill. The only reason DeSantis is against Electricity is because the DEM Administration is all for it.

      • Steve

        January 17, 2023 at 7:40 am

        Where have you been, helllooo!! Humans first harnessed the use of natural gas over 3,000 years ago. Around 1,000 BC. Seems we’ve been using it for quite some time now. It’s the Dems that are crazy in the head with their zero emissions using solar, wind, hydro power, and Nuclear power…good like flying a plane or cruise ship…lmao

  • Beverly Rae

    January 17, 2023 at 5:24 am

    I would much rather have gas than electric for cooking . It is what I grew up with and also it is easier to regulate for the temperature that you need. Also if your electricity happens to go if you still have the ability to be able to cook your food boil water and so on.

  • A.M.Hakim

    January 17, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    If safety is the main concern. then electricity is less dangerous than gas. The future source of electricity in Florida will be from the sun. Yet, if cooking on gas stoves is quicker than on a range, then have both and end the quarrel.

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