Gas prices in the Sunshine State are the highest they have been in six months, a new study from AAA finds.
The average gallon of gas in Florida cost $2.19 on Sunday, up from $2.07 at the start of last week. The national average stood at $2.22 a gallon on Sunday.
“Florida drivers are now feeling the effects of Hurricane Laura, which made landfall in Louisiana nearly two weeks ago,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, on Monday. “Wholesale prices shot up, because the storm affected refineries in the region. It took several days, but retailers eventually raised retail prices as a result of the added cost.
“Florida gas prices should begin to trickle down this week,” Jenkins continued. “Labor Day traditionally marks the last big travel weekend of the summer, which leads to lower gasoline demand during the fall. However, demand was already unseasonably low this summer, due to the pandemic. While pump prices should remain low, it’s possible that some volatility continues in the coming months.”
The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area had the most expensive gas in the state at $2.29 a gallon followed by the Sebastian-Vero Beach area and Port St. Lucie which both saw an average price of $2.22 a gallon.
Crestview had the least expensive gas in the state with an average of $2.14 a gallon followed by Pensacola at $2.15 a gallon and Punta Gorda at $2.16 a gallon.