Gas Prices in Florida Increase for the First Time in 10 Weeks

After ten weeks of gas prices dropping in Florida, they rose last week.

According to AAA, the average gallon of gas in Florida cost $3.61 on Sunday, up from $3.54 at the start of last week.

Florida proved something of an exception to the national trend. At the start of last week, the national average for a gallon of gas stood at $3.90. On Sunday, the average gallon of gas at the national level cost $3.85.

Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, weighed in on gas prices in Florida and across the nation on Sunday.

“Gas prices are rising in response to a recent oil price hike, due to reports that Saudi Arabia could lower fuel output in effort to raise prices,” said Jenkins. “The U.S. price of oil rose a total of 5 percent over the course of the past three weeks. This is not a significant oil price hike, so gas prices may not go much higher, but that could change if there are additional gains in the fuel market this week. As we move into peak hurricane season, a major storm could contribute to rising prices, if it threatens refineries along the Texas, Louisiana or Mississippi coast lines.”

The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area had the most expensive gas in the state with an average of $3.79 a gallon, followed by Tallahassee at $3.67 a gallon and Miami at $3.65 a gallon.

The Crestview-Fort Walton Beach area had the least expensive gas in the state with an average of $3.39 a gallon, followed by Pensacola at $3.42 a gallon and Panama City at $3.46 a gallon.

Kevin Derby
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