Gas prices continue to tumble

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Gas prices fell 7 cents last week but might climb this week

The price of gasoline in Florida fell seven cents in the past week and 10 cents in the past 10 days, heading back below $2.40 a gallon, according to AAA.

The drop puts Florida’s average gas prices at$2.39.5. That is almost 21 cents lower per gallon than the national average and 31 cents lower than what Floridians were paying a year ago.

Fill up now, though AAA, the Auto Club Group advises: gasoline prices might be heading back up soon.

“Florida gas prices declined as anticipated last week, but could move slightly higher again in the coming days,” Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA — The Auto Club Group, stated in a news release. “Refineries are still conducting maintenance, and gasoline demand is at a higher level than usual for this time of year. This has led to lower gasoline supply levels, which pushed wholesale gasoline prices a few cents higher last week. As a result, the state average could soon return to around $2.43 per gallon. Despite the anticipated increase, Florida drivers are still paying 30 cents per gallon less than last year. Which means, they’re saving almost $5 on a full tank of gasoline”

Florida’s cheapest gasoline can be purchased at Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, $2.32 per per gallon; Orlando, $2.33; and Punta Gorda-Charlotte, $2.33.

The most expensive fuel is found at Panama City $2.52; West Palm Beach-Boca Raton $2.51; and Tallahassee, $2.47.

Jacksonville gasoline also is selling at an average of $2.33 a gallon; while in Sarasota and Pensacola, it’s $2.37; Fort Myers, $2.39; and Naples and Fort Lauderdale, $2.42.

In Palm Beach County, gas costs $2.51 per gallon; Miami, gas costs $2.48; and Gainesville, $2.46.

The national average is $2.61 per gallon. Last year at this time Floridians were paying $2.71 per gallon, according to AAA.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


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