AAA released a study showing that this week started with the average gallon of gas in Florida costing $3.31, nine cents higher than the start of last week.
Despite the jump in price, gas in Florida remains under the national average of $3.47 a gallon.
“In total, the state average rose 11 cents, reaching $3.33 per gallon on Thursday before slipping a couple cents lower by the weekend,” AAA noted Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, weighed in on the matter on Sunday.
“Despite last week’s jump at the pump, Florida gas prices are still 27 cents per gallon less than this year’s high, which was recorded at the end of January,” said Jenkins. “Price hikes like these are common this time of year as spring vacations drive-up gasoline demand, while refineries conduct seasonal maintenance due and switch to Summer gasoline.”
The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area had the most expensive gas in the state, with an average of $3.52 a gallon, followed by Fort Lauderdale and Naples at $3.36 a gallon.
The Crestview-Fort Walton Beach area had the least expensive gas in Florida, with an average of $3.21 a gallon, followed by Panama City at $3.22 a gallon and Pensacola at $3.26 a gallon.
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