With Floridians staying home due to the coronavirus crisis, gas prices continue to drop across the state.
AAA released a report showing on Sunday that 75 percent of gas stations in Florida had prices below $2 a gallon. That figure stood at 45 percent at the start of last week.
The average gallon of gas in Florida cost $1.98 on Sunday, down 10 cents from a week ago. This is the first time in four years that Florida was under $2 a gallon. The national average stood at $2.02 on Sunday.
“Gas prices are plunging primarily because Floridians are not driving as much as they normally do this time of year. According to the Florida Petroleum and Marketers Association, gasoline demand in major metro areas is down by as much as 50 percent. Additionally, concession sales inside the stores are reportedly down 10-15 percent,” AAA noted.
“The cost for gasoline has dramatically declined in the past month, and there are even more discounts to come,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group. “If the state average eventually drifts below $1.73, pump prices would be the lowest since 2009. That may not be a difficult benchmark to reach. If wholesale prices hold at current levels, the state average could eventually sink below $1.60 per gallon. Although these savings are a tremendous benefit for drivers, unfortunately they come at a time when residents are unable to go out and enjoy them.”
Gainesville had the most expensive gas in the state with an average of $2.17 a gallon followed by the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton market at $2.12 and Miami at $2.06.
The Villages and Jacksonville had the least expensive gas in the state at $1.86 a gallon followed Panama City at $1.89.
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