With most gasoline stations in Florida having gas even as Hurricane Dorian continues to loom, AAA noted on Tuesday that gas prices are stabilizing in the Sunshine State even as they went up seven cents a gallon in the past week.
In the middle of last week, gas prices went up seven cents a gallon but things stabilized since Thursday and prices now average $2.44 a gallon in Florida, well below the national average of $2.58 a gallon.
“State officials say most – if not all – Florida gas stations have gasoline again. Late last week, Floridians swarmed the pumps, topping off their tanks and filling gas cans in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. The surge in demand left many gas stations on empty, but it appears things have stabilized,” AAA noted on Tuesday morning.
“Fortunately, Dorian has moved so slowly that it allowed plenty of time for Floridians to get gasoline, and gas stations to be resupplied,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group. “Now comes more of the waiting game. Most of Florida’s ports on the east coast are or will be closed soon, which means no gasoline coming in or out of those ports. In the meantime, gas stations will rely on tanker trucks to make gasoline deliveries from terminals like Orlando and Tampa, until the storm passes. Statewide, gasoline supplies are still good. Gasoline deliveries will continue to be made as long as conditions are safe. The governor has approved law enforcement escorts for tanker trucks when necessary.”
With Labor Day now in the rearview mirror, Florida can look back at a summer of lower prices at the pump compared to recent years.
“Labor Day gas prices did end up being the lowest for the holiday since 2016. Florida drivers are paying 36 cents per gallon less than last year’s holiday, which amounts to a savings of nearly $5.50 for a full tank of gasoline,” AAA noted. “Labor Day marks the unofficial end of the summer travel season. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, summertime gas prices in Florida averaged $2.54 per gallon – 23 cents per gallon less than last summer. The primary cause for lower prices at the pump this summer were lower crude oil prices, driven strong US production and concerns that global demand cannot keep pace.
The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area had the most expensive gas in Florida at $2.55 a gallon followed by Panama City at $2.54 a gallon and Tallahassee at $2.50 a gallon. Pensacola saw the least expensive gas in the state at $2.39 followed by Jacksonville and Punta Gorda at $2.41 a gallon.