Gas Prices Continue to Increase in Florida But Renewed Coronavirus Fears Could Change That

With summer in full swing, gas prices in Florida continue to move up, moving higher than $2 a gallon in recent days.

AAA announced on Monday that the average gallon of gas in the Sunshine State cost $2.02 on Sunday, up from $1.90 at the start of last week. The national average stood at $2.10 a gallon on Sunday.

“The recent upward momentum in pump prices is beginning to stall amid renewed concerns regarding the coronavirus,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group. “Market-watchers are beginning to worry that elevated cases of Covid-19 in Florida and some other states could result in another drop in gasoline demand. For now, gas prices should hold steady this week with the possibility of a slight decline.”

“The price of U.S. crude oil declined eight percent last week. Friday’s closing price of $36.26 per barrel is $3.29 per barrel less than the week before,” AAA noted.

The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton market had the most expensive gas in Florida with an average of $2.12 a gallon followed by Gainesville at $2.07 a gallon and Ocala at $2.04 a gallon.

Pensacola had the least expensive gas in Florida at $1.97 a gallon followed by the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach and the Fort Myers-Cape Coral markets at $1.99 a gallon.

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