Our company supplies gasoline on the West Coast of Florida for Shell, Exxon Mobil, Marathon and Rally stations. The problems with the Colonial Pipeline have no impact on gasoline supplies in the Tampa Bay area simply because all of our petroleum comes to Tampa by ship and barge. But today, panic buying by uninformed people buying at rates far above normal are draining tanks faster than our trucks can refill them. We are at our delivery limits trying to keep product in stores, even as there is no shortage in the tanks in Port Tampa Bay. This “shortage” is caused by customer behavior, not a problem in a faraway pipeline. This is the same problem we deal with every hurricane season when drivers rush to their station to top off when a storm threatens. It is the same cause that kept toilet paper shelves empty this time last year. Repeat: We have plenty of gas, so if we will only purchase what we normally need, the “shortage” here will disappear. Just be patient and give us a chance to catch up!