In the days following Tropical Storm Isaac's brief visit to Florida, 53 people have called the state to report businesses for illegally hiking prices, according to the state attorney general's office.
Though early reports by the Associated Press put the number of price gouging complaints at 543, that was a mistake, said spokesman John Lucas.
Florida law prohibits businesses from significantly raising the prices of essential items such as food, water, hotels, nice, gasoline, and lumber, during a state of emergency.
Two people reported gouging in Pinellas and six in Hillsborough. Four of those cases have already been declared unfounded, Lucas said, and the remaining two are under investigation. One is a complaint made against a Howard Johnson hotel and the other against a Howard Johnson Express Inn.
To report suspected price gouging, call 1-866-966-7226.