Florida gas prices ease, but still flirt with $3 a gallon
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Prices remain higher than in recent years, but the trend line points downward.

Gas prices across Florida eased 3 cents per gallon in the past week, but still averaged near $3 per gallon in some parts of the state.

The overall average statewide gas price inched downward to $2.94 on Sunday, according to AAA — The Auto Club Group’s weekly report.

That statewide average remains 2 cents per gallon higher than anything seen since 2014, not including the past couple of weeks.

Yet the trend lines suggest more relief, AAA reported Monday.

“Florida drivers got a break from rising gas prices last week, and it appears that trend could continue this week,” AAA spokesperson Mark Jenkins said in a news release. “Although crude oil prices notched another small weekly gain, wholesale gasoline prices declined. Market speculators believe Tropical Depression Claudette will cause reduced gasoline demand in the Southeastern U.S. as residents stay off the road during the storm. It’s possible that gas prices decline another few pennies this week, as a result.”

The price surge, seen nationwide, followed significant gains in the prices of crude oil and gasoline futures, as the recovery in global fuel demand outpaces supply, the auto club group reported last week. AAA reported the recent jump at the pump had largely been driven by the rising price of crude oil.

Florida gas prices peaked this year on June 11 when they hit $2.98 per gallon. A month ago, Florida drivers paid an average of $2.88. A year ago they paid an average of $2.04.

In Sunday’s pump survey, AAA found the cheapest gasoline in Punta Gorda, where the average cost was $2.94 per gallon. The most expensive gasoline was found in West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, where drivers paid an average of $3.07 per gallon.

On Monday AAA reported that drivers in Jacksonville and Orlando saw average prices of $2.90 per gallon; Tampa and Sarasota, $2.91; St. Petersburg, $2.92; Miami and Pensacola, $2.95; Fort Lauderdale and Gainesville, $2.97; Tallahassee, $2.99; and Panama City, $3.06.

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]


4 comments

  • Ed

    June 21, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Every time you gas up your vehicle remember who your President is and then vote accordingly in the 2022 midterms and end the nightmare of Dementia Man and Giggles in 2024.

    • Ocean Joe

      June 21, 2021 at 10:42 am

      Does this mean you are finally admitting that Sleepy Joe WON the election?

      • Ed

        June 21, 2021 at 10:55 am

        Never said I denied that. I do question the fact that there are really 81 million that voted for a guy that did very little campaigning and there is no way this feeble old man generated more excitement that Obama.

  • martin

    June 21, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Agreed. Thank you dementia joe!

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