Florida gas prices rise to highest level since March 19
Lines of cars wait at a coronavirus testing site outside of Hard Rock Stadium, Friday, in Miami Gardens, Fla.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Testing line in Miami Gardens
Florida is averaging $2.11 per gallon of gasoline, that's still 57 cents less than a year ago.

Despite fears the resurgence in coronavirus cases would cause gasoline prices to stall in Florida, the average price for a gallon of gas went up over the past week, according to Florida AAA Auto Club.

Motorists in the state found the highest gas prices in 15 weeks at the pump in the last seven days. The average price for gallon of gas in the Sunshine State reached $2.11. That’s the highest mark since March 19. That’s when the pandemic set in and businesses and schools started to shut down and many cities issued shelter-in-place and work-from-home orders.

The average price is also up by 8 cents on the average price per gallon in Florida in the past week. AAA officials last week said the record number of new COVID-19 cases being recorded in Florida would like cause gas prices to stall, but the opposite happened.

Still, the average price for a gallon of gas in Florida is 57 cents less than a year ago, even in the summer months when many travelers are likely to drive more for vacations.

“Gas prices remain very low for this time of year, due to the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on supply and demand,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for Florida AAA. “Retailers raised gas prices last week, in anticipation of strong demand for the Independence Day holiday weekend.”

The most expensive gasoline prices in the state in the past week were in West Palm Beach where the fuel is selling for $2.20 per average gallon. Port St. Lucie and Homosassa Springs tied for the second most expensive prices for gas at $2.13 per gallon.

Pensacola was offering the least expensive price for the average gallon of gas in the past week at $2.07 per gallon. Punta Gorda and Fort Walton Beach tied for the next least expensive average price for a gallon of gas at $2.08.

Florida is still well below the national average price for a gallon of gas which is $2.18.

Drew Dixon

Drew Dixon is a journalist of 40 years who has reported in print and broadcast throughout Florida, starting in Ohio in the 1980s. He is also an adjunct professor of philosophy and ethics at three colleges, Jacksonville University, University of North Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville. You can reach him at drewdixonwriting@gmail.com.

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