August has begun with Floridians paying higher prices at the gas pumps.
AAA released a report showing the week began with the average gallon of gas in Florida costing $2.16, up ten cents from the start of last week, and the highest it has been in 20 weeks. That’s just under the national average of $2.18 a gallon.
“Gas prices suddenly jumped 10 cents last Monday, then quickly leveled off for the rest of the week,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman,for AAA and the Auto Club Group. “The price hike came as a surprise, considering that both oil and wholesale gasoline prices have held steady for weeks, doing very little to justify the increase. Isaias was also not considered to be a factor, since it was never a threat to oil rigs and refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.
“Either way, it may be difficult for gas prices to linger at current levels,” Jenkins continued. “Crude oil and wholesale gasoline prices tumbled last week, by a margin that could eventually erase last week’s jump at the pump.”
The West Palm Beach – Boca Raton market had the most expensive gas in the state with an average of $2.26 a gallon followed by Ocala and Port St. Lucie which both saw averages of $2.18 a gallon.
Pensacola and the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach had the least expensive gas in the state at $2.09 a gallon followed by Panama City at $2.11.