February saw the highest gas prices in the Sunshine State for a year and a half, a report from AAA finds.
The average gallon of gas in Florida cost $2.61 on Sunday, the same as the start of last week. That is below the national average of $2.72 a gallon.
AAA noted that Florida’s gas prices reached a 19 month high.
“Last month, Florida gas prices averaged $2.52 per gallon (February 2021). That’s 20 cents more than the monthly average in January. It was the most expensive February in three years: 14 cents more than February 2020 and 23 cents more than February 2019. However, the monthly average in February 2018 was 7 cents higher ($2.59 per gallon),” AAA noted. “Florida drivers are now paying an average price of $2.61 per gallon. That’s the highest daily average price since July 2019. The state average has held at that level for the past week. However, drivers are paying 22 cents per gallon more than a month ago, and 23 cents more than this time last year. The state average has increased a total of 41 cents since January 1.
“Last month’s jump at the pump was largely driven by refinery issues – caused by arctic weather in Texas,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group. “Other factors were tightening global fuel supplies and continued optimism that the COVID-19 vaccine and stimulus money would help boost fuel demand. Drivers should expect continued volatility at the pump in the coming months as refineries enter maintenance season and prepare to switch to summer gasoline.”
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton had the most expensive gas in the state on Sunday with an average of $2.74 a gallon followed by Fort Lauderdale and Pensacola at $2.65 a gallon.
Punta Gorda had the least expensive gas in the state on Sunday at $2.53 a gallon followed by Jacksonville at $2.55 a gallon and Orlando at $2.57 a gallon.