AVALON (CBS) — Catalina Island is known for many things… its picturesque scenery, seafood and hiking, to name a few. But what about high gas prices?

For the past two weeks, gas prices on Catalina Island have been an average of $7 a gallon.

Stacy Dizon, who works at the Santa Catalina Island Co.-owned gas station on Pebbly Road, tells CBSLA that a gallon of regular unleaded on Saturday was $7.03.

(credit: Ivan Hernandez/Avalon Marine Dock)

The gas station is one of two service stations catering to the island.

About 1.5 miles 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 Friday.

While some residents may be feeling the pinch, many aren’t complaining.

“There’s not a lot to complain about when we’re living on an island,” said Catherine Rogers, a server at Original Jack’s Country Kitchen.

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

On average, Rogers says, those who drive golf carts fill up about once a month.

Tony Gomez, who works at La Paloma, has lived on the island for 15 years. He tells CBSLA that as of last week, the price of a gallon of regular unleaded was $7.10.

As Gomez explains, residents on Catalina Island pay on average about $2 more for gas as compared to prices on the mainland.

As for the cause of the spike in gas prices, residents say they expect prices to 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.”

Comments (211)
  1. mike says:

    Good I hope you people in CA pays $20 a gallon and 75% of you income to taxes. You deserve it.

  2. R Lee says:

    I love Californians- they are so worried about the envirnment BUT will go broke paying through the nose and who gets the profits????

  3. freecheese says:

    My job led me to “Tourist” towns for many years, including Hawaii, San Francisco, San Diego, San Juan,New Orleans, Key West, Florida , OrlandoFlorida, and New Yawk City.
    Why are gas prices ALWYAS higher in “Tourist-Traps ?”

  4. mike says:

    Way to go for the sensationalist headline/non-story! Gas is expensive on a small Island nobody cares about…wow! World coming to an end!

    Next: Hotdogs hit $9 on he moon!

  5. blackbelt says:

    Driving my 1978 MG Midget put $20 a month in it let that fricking gas get $30 a gallon

  6. adcolletti says:

    No one likes our commie prez, Must be driving the Lefty loons and commies in this paper nuts. Ans why are these adds here If they can do it to rush we can do it to them

  7. Dave Mowers says:

    All so people who contribute nothing to society can profit off commodities trading at the expense of everyone else. Legal thievery.

  8. Robert G says:

    So anytime somebody says the Obama hasn’t kept any of his promises can just point to the $7 gas and say he kept at least one promise.

  9. TruthInSpending says:

    Women, children, and poor hit the hardest.

  10. lugnut says:

    ATTENTION CATHOLICS! There are 70 million of you in America! I know some of you voted for
    President Obama.
    You need to realize that the 9-11 attack on America by Muslims resurrected the next round of crusades against the Catholic Church!
    The First Crusade (1096–1099) was a military expedition by Roman Catholic Europe to regain the Holy Lands taken in the Muslim conquests of the Levant (632–661), ultimately resulting in the recapture of Jerusalem in 1099. It was launched on 27 November 1095 by Pope Urban II with the primary goal of responding to an appeal from Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos, who requested that western volunteers come to his aid and help to repel the invading Seljuq Turks from Anatolia. An additional goal soon became the principal objective—the Christian re-conquest of the sacred city of Jerusalem and the Holy Land and the freeing of the Eastern Christians from Islamic rule.

    President Obama may not be Muslim…but he has Muslim ties…just read his own books!
    He and the his Department of Health and Human Services have launched an all out attack on your Religion!
    Many Democrat Catholic Politicians don’t even follow the teachings of the Church including Nazi Pelosi!

    You have the power to remove this evil President and the rest of the Democrats in Congress who spit on your faith!
    Folks, If Obama wants a war of divisiveness, so be it. Two can play that game.
    …and Obama said, “when push comes to shove I will side with Islam.” and so he did, as he has done repeatedly and consistently.

    Will you answer the call to lead this next Crusade against Obama and Islam???

  11. CitizenKK says:

    dopey Californians…they will again vote for “bama…

  12. Gungy says:

    How’s that hope & change going for ya’?

  13. instantrebate says:

    California………..keep voting the liberals into office and their non-free market system. Gas prices will continue to rise right along with your taxes, entitlements and loss of jobs and security. California is a lost cause and bankruptcy is the only answer and it is coming.

  14. Cheese Wonton says:

    All the gasoline going to Catalina is loaded on a very small number of tank trucks at a place in Carson CA called Kinder-Morgan Partners. This is a huge bulk storage and loading facility that is the source of gasoline and diesel fuel for literally thousands of gas stations in California, including some big chains like 7-Eleven, Costco, USA Gasoline, G&M Oil and many others. They pay the same rack price as everyone else.
    The trucks go to Long Beach and are loaded on a barge for the journey to Catalina. This isn’t the high speed ferry, it is a slow barge so the driver is able to make one trip on a shift (Chevron or Arco drivers make 6 or 7 deliveries in a shift), and due to weight restrictions on the barge, the truck carries about half the gallons of the typical gasoline tanker you see on an LA freeway. The truck and the driver also have to have a US Coast Guard certification. This makes bringing gas to Catalina a lot more expensive than delivering it to an LA gas station.

  15. Your state is DEFINITELY better than mine! says:

    Laughing HYSTERICALLY at all the California hater’s comments. Well, those that TRY to hate California. What a bunch of pathetic morons, flapping your lips about what you don’t know. Please, by all means, continue hating my state, and keep talking it down. Keep yourselves out, and discourage any more worthless migrants from coming our way. Thank you!

  16. So THATS what killed Natalie Wod…

  17. lacy star says:

    The reason gas costs more in Catalina than it does in Maui (3,000 miles away)- even both locals pay to have it shipped is simple–One dude owns the (monopoly) Only gas station at Pebbly Beach, he also owns the Only freight barge service too. He charges what he wants. He will not allow anyone else to get a Publis Utility License to run a ‘competition’ freight service, a friend tried to get a license, and he was fought to the ground and prevented from getting or starting a freight service. The Island Company is in his pocket, guess they get lots of profit from him, so they allow this to continue. Send the owner of the gas station away from the island on his own barge and never allow him to return.

    1. Cheese Wonton says:

      Ding, ding, ding. Exactly!

  18. R. Cartledge says:


    Let me start by saying that I am a conservative. Not that that has annything to do with the postings. I do have a question though,
    If we start drilling for oil in the U.S. and in turn drive down the price of gas internally, hence importing less than our committment
    to OPEC, why would OPEC continue selling gas in U.S (fiat) currency? Okay, another question. If OPEC started selling gas in other currencies,
    what do you suspect countries would do with their U.S. denominated currency reserves? One more question, if all those reserves were dumped back into
    the American economy, what would happen to the value of our currency? I atually don’t know the answer to these questions because I don’t belive that
    anyone is asking them. All I hear from fellow conservatives is drill baby drill, but what happens if we do?

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