Pain At The Pump Hurts Local Businesses

Rising gas prices are also having an impact on business owners right here in South Mississippi. From local deliveries to lawn care companies, the increase at the pump is forcing local business owners to re-think they way they run their companies.

Rose's Florist is a thriving Biloxi business that depends on its delivery service for success.

Charlotte Hennig manages the shop. She says delivery fees doubled after Hurricane Katrina.

"In 2005, we were like $5 a delivery, now it's $10," Hennig said.

If the increase in gas prices continue, management will be forced to make more price adjustments.

"We have to pay car insurance, we have to pay a driver and gas. And when you think about that and the time and effort it takes, $10 is very minimal," Hennig said.

There are no delivery charges to worry about for Mike Nail, just the cost of filling up a work truck, lawn mowers and weed eaters. When he started his landscaping business 28 years ago,  the last thing on his mind was the rising cost of gas.

"Didn't even think about it... but the last four years we started thinking about it," said Nail.

Rising gas prices aren't changing things for some business owners. Crave is a brand new business in Biloxi, and right now the owners say they're not worried about gas prices.

"I don't think that you can run a business and be totally scared, you have to keep on moving. Of course, the economy has to keep on moving whether or not the gas is cheap or if it continues to raise," Crave owner Timmie McEachern said.

That's why this new business owner has no plans to charge customers for rising gas prices. Instead, he plans to ride it out, and hope for the best.

Gas prices in South Mississippi are about $3.05 a gallon for regular unleaded. That's about 85 cents more than it was at this time last year.