According to a new report from AAA, at the start of the week, the average gallon of gas in Florida cost $3.01, the same as over the Independence Day holiday weekend last week.
While below the national average of $3.14 a gallon, Floridians are paying 90 cents more a gallon than they did at this time last year.
“Florida drivers are still finding some of the most expensive prices at the pump in nearly seven years,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group. “Crude oil prices fluctuated last week, but ultimately evened out. So it’s likely these elevated gas prices will hang around for the near future.”
Panama City has the most expensive gas in the state with an average of $3.14 a gallon followed by West Palm Beach-Boca Raton at $3.13 a gallon and Tallahassee at $3.06 a gallon.
Punta Gorda had the least expensive gas in the state with an average of $2.94 a gallon followed by the Fort Myers-Cape Coral area at $2.96 a gallon and Jacksonville at $2.97 a gallon.