Even as Tropical Storm Sally impacts the Gulf, gas prices in Florida dropped over the past week.
AAA released a study on Sunday showing the week began with the average gallon of gas in Florida costing $2.17, just below the national average of $2.20. At the start of last week, the average gallon of gas cost $2.20.
However, AAA warned Tropical Storm Sally could impact prices.
“Ten crude oil refineries, with a total processing capacity of 2.64 million barrels per day (more than 25 percent of total Gulf Coast crude oil refining capacity) stand in the path of the storm,” AAA noted.
“So far, this storm is not having much of an impact on gasoline prices, but that could change this week, depending on the severity of the storm,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group. “For now, it appears retail prices could continue to decline this week, due to the 10-cent drop in wholesale gasoline prices last week.”
The West Palm Beach – Boca Raton area had the most expensive gas in the state with prices averaging $2.27 a gallon followed by Port St. Lucie at $2.21 a gallon and the Sebastian – Vero Beach area at $2.20 a gallon.
Punta Gorda had the least expensive gas in the state at $2.11 a gallon followed by the Crestview – Fort Walton Beach market at $2.12 a gallon and Tallahassee at $2.13 a gallon.