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10/12/2009 Contact: 850-413-6482

Customer Meetings Set for Chesapeake


TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) will conduct two customer meetings on October 14-15, 2009, for customers of the Florida Division of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (Chesapeake).  The utility has applied for a rate increase.  Chesapeake’s last approved rate increase was in 2000.

Chesapeake provides gas distribution and transportation to approximately 14,500 customers in Winter Haven, Plant City, St. Cloud, Inverness, Crystal River, and other nearby communities.  Chesapeake also provides service to industrial customers in DeSoto, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Suwannee, Union and Washington Counties and is ready to provide service, pursuant to an approved territorial agreement, to customers in portions of Pasco County.

The meetings allow customers to comment on the proposed rates and any quality-of-service issues relevant to the utility.  Customers are invited to attend the meetings at the following times and locations:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
6:00 p.m.

Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce
401 Avenue B, NW
Winter Haven, Florida


Thursday, October 15, 2009
10:00 a.m.

Plantation Inn Golf Resort & Spa
9301 W. Fort Island Trail
Crystal River, Florida

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.



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