Gas prices across Florida dropped four cents on average last week.
AAA released a study late on Sunday showing the average gallon of gas in Florida cost $2.13 at the start of this week, below the national average of $2.18 a gallon.
“The average price for gas prices in Florida is $2.13 per gallon, though prices are well below that in many cities. Sunday’s state average is 37 cents less than this time last year. It’s well below this year’s high of $2.56 per gallon (set in January), yet 37 cents more than this year’s lowest daily price of $1.76 per gallon (May),” AAA noted.
“Gas prices have trickled lower since Labor Day weekend, which is traditionally the end of the summer driving season,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group. “Florida drivers may see the state average slip below $2.10 this week. However, there are opposing forces affecting the market. While expectations of lower seasonal demand has helped pressure prices lower, gasoline supplies have also recently dipped, which led to strong gains in wholesale gas prices last week.”
The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area had the most expensive gas in Florida with an average of $2.25 a gallon followed by Port St. Lucie at $2.18 a gallon and Fort Lauderdale at $2.16 a gallon.
Punta Gorda had the least expensive gas in the state at $2.04 a gallon followed by Orlando at $2.09 a gallon and Jacksonville the Fort Myers-Cape Coral area at $2.10 a gallon.