With July nearing its end, gas prices continue to remain low in the Sunshine State, especially as Hurricane Hanna did not impact refineries, pipelines and other oil infrastructure.
AAA released a report on Sunday showing the average gallon of gas in Florida cost $2.06, two cents less than the start of last week and lower than the national average of $2.18 a gallon.
“Florida drivers are paying 55 cents per gallon less than this time last year. Florida’s state average declined for the 18th consecutive day on Sunday; declining a total of 5 cents during that period. Drivers in some Florida cities have seen pump prices slide below $2 a gallon,” AAA noted. “To date, the average price for the month of July is $2.09 per gallon. Although that’s 12 cents per gallon more than the monthly average in June, it’s the lowest monthly average for July in 16 years.”
Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, weighed in on gas prices.
“Pump prices are holding relatively steady after a somewhat uneventful week in the oil and gasoline market,” said Jenkins. “Gas prices throughout the rest of the summer will continue to be influenced by COVID-19’s impact on demand, and the hurricane season’s potential to impact supply. Over the weekend, Hurricane Hanna made landfall in Texas, but stayed south of the region’s critical oil and gasoline infrastructure. A direct hit to the state’s southeastern coast could adversely affect the supply chain, leading to higher prices at the pump. For now, drivers should expect pump prices to be relatively stable this week.”
The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area had the most expensive gas in the state with an average of $2.17 a gallon followed by Tallahassee and Gainesville which both saw an average of $2.14 a gallon.
Punta Gorda had the least expensive gas with an average of $1.94 a gallon followed by Orlando at $2.00 a gallon and the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area at $2.01 a gallon.