AAA released a report on Sunday showing that gas prices in Florida have remained stable despite high demand after the Colonial Pipeline outage.
The average gallon of gas in Florida cost $2.89 on Sunday, a penny higher than the start of last week and below the national average of $3.04.
“Florida filling stations are still recovering from surging demand last week. Gasoline sales were reportedly two-three times stronger than normal, as drivers lined up at pumps to top off their tanks. Although Tallahassee is the only major market directly serviced by the Colonial Pipeline, outages were reported at various filling stations throughout the state due to ‘panic buying,’” AAA noted. “Since Colonial Pipeline went offline, Tallahassee gas stations were supplemented by fuel deliveries that were driven over from Jacksonville. The good news is that the Bainbridge terminals are once again receiving gasoline from the Colonial Pipeline, which should help restore normal supply patterns for the Tallahassee market. Statewide, Florida ports continue receiving gasoline deliveries. Ninety percent of the state’s gasoline is delivered via cargo ships.”
“Unlike last week, fuel demand in Florida is now said to be lower than normal, because many Floridians went into the weekend with a full tank of gas,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, on Sunday. “The lower demand should give gas stations time to replenish their tanks. It’s likely that most Florida filling stations will have fuel again by the middle of the week.”
Panama City had the most expensive gas in Florida with an average of $3.07 a gallon followed by the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area with $3.02 a gallon and Tallahassee at $3.00 a gallon.
Punta Gorda had the least expensive gas in the state at $2.81 a gallon followed by Jacksonville and Orlando which both saw an average of $2.84 a gallon and Tampa Bay at $2.85 a gallon.