AAA: Gas Prices in Florida Increased 23 Cents a Gallon Over Last Two Weeks

A new report from AAA shows that gas prices continue to increase in Florida.

The average gallon of gas in Florida cost $3.40 on Sunday, up from $3.33 a week ago and up 23 cents a gallon since October 6.

Across the nation, prices at the pump went down slightly last week. The average gallon of gas across the nation stood at $3.89 on Sunday, down from $3.91 at the start of last week.

Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, weighed in on gas prices on Sunday.

“Drivers faced another round of rising gas prices last week, as retail prices at the pump continued to adjust to the big jump in oil prices which occurred more than a week ago,” said Jenkins. “The 17 percent oil price hike was largely in response to OPEC’s announcement that it would cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day in effort to raise oil prices. The resulting gas price hike effectively erased any discounts created by the state gas tax holiday, Fortunately, oil prices took a step back last week, which should ease upward pressure at the pump.”

“The U.S. price of oil settled at $85.61 per barrel on Friday. That’ was $7 per barrel (-8 percent) less than the week before, and back in line with where oil prices were four weeks ago,” AAA noted.

The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area had the most expensive gas in the state with an average of $3.55 a gallon, followed by the Sebastian-Vero Beach area and Naples, which both saw an average of $3.43 a gallon.

The Crestview-Fort Walton Beach had the least expensive gas in the state with an average of $3.20 a gallon, followed by Pensacola at $3.26 a gallon and Panama City at $3.30 a gallon.

Kevin Derby
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