Florida gas prices drop lower despite Ian

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Gas prices dropped in Florida while several states continue to witness increases at the pump.  

According to the AAA weekly report on Monday, the national average price per gallon rose 7 cents to $3.79. But in Florida, the average went from $3.37 last week to $3.22—and from $3.44 to $3.26 in Gainesville.  

“The regional differences in gas prices are stark at the moment, with prices on the West Coast hitting $6 a gallon and higher, while Texas and Gulf Coast states have prices dipping below $3 in some areas,” AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross said in a statement. “At least six California refineries are undergoing maintenance, and there is limited pipeline supply to the West Coast from locations east of the Rockies.” 

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Last week, as Hurricane Ian approached the state, the storm drove up demand, but not prices. On Friday, Bloomberg reported that 11% of Florida gas stations had no fuel. 

If the demand for gasoline remains persistent as supply tightens, drivers may see a surge in pump prices through the weekend, according to the AAA.  

Florida has the eighth least expensive average price at $3.22 per gallon. A month ago, the average cost was $3.54; last year it was $3.05.  

According to gasbuddy.com, here are the cheapest prices to fill up in Alachua County: 

  • $2.98 at 15089 NW US-441, Alachua  
  • $3.07 at Love’s Travel Shop, 5615 SE US-301, Hawthorne   
  • $3.07 at Shell, 13820 NW 140th St., Alachua   
  • $3.07 at Raceway, 16171 Martin Luther King Drive, Alachua 
  • $3.07 at Circle K, 16130 NW US Hwy 441, Gainesville   
  • $3.08 at BP, 15295 NE US Hwy 301, Waldo 
  • $3.08 at Raceway, 15330 NW US-301, Waldo 
  • $3.09 at Shell, 6807 NE US-301, Hawthorne  
  • $3.09 at The Short Stop, 2610 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville  
  • $3.09 at Circle K, 4030 SW 13th St., Gainesville   

Quick Stats  

The nation’s top 10 largest weekly increases: California (+59 cents), Alaska (+54 cents), Oregon (+43 cents), Washington (+38 cents), Arizona (+38 cents), Nevada (+38 cents), Michigan (+19 cents), Illinois (+19 cents), Wisconsin (+17 cents) and Indiana (+16 cents). 

The nation’s top 10 most expensive markets: California ($6.37), Nevada ($5.49), Oregon ($5.42), Alaska ($5.32), Washington ($5.29), Hawaii ($5.21), Arizona ($4.49), Idaho ($4.42), Michigan ($4.16) and Illinois ($4.16). 

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