Florida gas prices climb 8 cents after New Year’s
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‘Florida drivers have seen some volatility in prices at the pump in recent weeks and that trend could continue in the coming weeks.’

Motorists in the Sunshine State are paying more for gas after New Year’s Day than before it.

The average price for a gallon of unleaded gas increased 8 cents in Florida in the past week, according to AAA — The Auto Club Group.

As of Monday, the price per gallon was $3.16 — which is still 14 cents cheaper than what drivers and motorcyclists paid a year ago.

AAA spokesperson Mark Jenkins blamed the hike on rising oil prices, which may not decline while tensions in the Middle East persist.

“Gasoline supplies are strong right now, due to strong refinery activity and seasonally low demand. That would normally help keep gas prices low, but oil prices remain propped up by concerns over the possibility of widening conflict in the Middle East,” he said in a statement.

“Florida drivers have seen some volatility in prices at the pump in recent weeks and that trend could continue in the coming weeks.”

Florida’s average gas price is still about 8 cents cheaper than the national rate. It’s most expensive in the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area, where motorists are shelling out about $3.31 per gallon.

Naples and Fort Lauderdale are second- and third-priciest, with average pump prices of $3.21 and $3.20 per gallon, respectively.

The cheapest fuel can be found in the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach area, where motorists are paying $2.82 per gallon, followed by Panama City ($2.83) and Pensacola (2.88).

West and East Coast states, Alaska and Hawaii are paying the most for gas nationwide, while those in the central portion of the country are enjoying the best prices. California is paying the most per gallon ($4.68), followed by Hawaii ($4.67) and Washington ($4.01).

Meanwhile, Oklahomans are paying the least per gallon ($2.58), followed by Wisconsin ($2.63) and Ohio ($2.64).

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


  • Dont Say FLA

    January 8, 2024 at 10:16 am

    Gas is going up again. What more proof does anyone require that Rhonda is a failed governor and a failed candidate?


    • Impeach Biden

      January 8, 2024 at 10:18 am

      Your blame is on the wrong guy. “Dementia” Joe declared war on the gas industry when he became President. Fuel has been more expensive since he took over in Jan 2021.

      • Tom

        January 8, 2024 at 1:01 pm

        And all this time, I thought 50% was the cost of crude oil (OPEC), 25% to refine it 11% for distribution and 14% state taxes (the bit rhonda can have an impact on).
        And now I find out that it’s the president who sets the price. Who knew?

        • Impeach Biden

          January 8, 2024 at 1:51 pm

          Funny how you don’t say anything about that comment above mine that was blaming the Governor of Florida for our higher fuel prices. Deny all you want but the fact is that Biden and that lunatic Energy Secretary, Lanholm, are not friends of the oil industry.

          • Impeach Biden

            January 8, 2024 at 1:52 pm


          • Tom

            January 8, 2024 at 2:48 pm

            In October 2022 DeSantis, cynically, gave us a one month gas tax holiday in the lead up to the state election so apparently, he can influence the price of gas when it suits him whereas the President has very little control over gas prices. Maybe ronnie will give us another one month break leading up to the March 19th primary if he’s still in the game then.

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