Florida gas prices surge to highest mark since May 2019

Cost jumps 11 cents in last week and expected to increase further, AAA says

Gas pump (Pixabay)

ORLANDO, Fla. – The average price for a gallon of gas in Florida jumped 11 cents last week.

According to new numbers released by AAA, the average for a gallon of regular gas in the state is $2.72, the most expensive daily average in Florida since May 2019.

“There’s nothing we can do, I mean, we have to roll with it,” said Chris Appana, a production manager at Melbourne Roofing Company. “This is what we’re stuck with.  We have to go buy it.  We can’t put $5 worth of gas and get a half a tank of gas.  There’s no way.”

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AAA says there are several reasons for the increase, including lower gasoline supplies, rising fuel demand and the tightening of global crude oil supplies.

According to AAA, the national average for regular gas is $2.77 per gallon.

“Gas prices have been low for so long.  Now, all of a sudden, they take a big jump,” said Gary Clinger, who is traveling from Pennsylvania to visit his daughter. “I just hope they start coming down again before we leave to get back home.”

Experts say based on current trends, prices at the pump are expected to rise again this week, possibly by another 10 cents a gallon.

“It’s ridiculous, I really think so,” Clinger said.

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