Pump prices level out as Floridians return to the road; fuel demand likely to rise as stay-at-home orders are eased in Florida

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Florida gas prices may be nearing their floor as most of Florida prepares for the first phase of reopening on Monday. The lifting of stay-at-home restrictions has boosted optimism within the fuel market that gasoline demand will begin to rise. 

The Gainesville area remains the most expensive region with a $1.93 average per gallon cost.

After 10 weeks of mostly losses, crude oil prices rose 60 percent last week amid optimism that demand is beginning to pick up. The price for a barrel of US crude finished the week at $19.78 – the highest daily settlement in two weeks. 

“The phased reopening of businesses and restaurants will signal a return to the road for many Florida drivers,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Gas prices have plummeted 65 cents in the past 10 weeks. While the increased demand may not cause a pump price surge, it may signal the eventual end of the plunge at the pump.” 

Florida gas prices are now averaging $1.77 per gallon – the lowest in four years. The state average is nearly 2 cents less than a week ago, 15 cents less than a month ago, and $1.02 per gallon less than this time last year. 

Regional Prices

  • Most expensive metro markets – Gainesville ($1.93), West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($1.93), Fort Lauderdale ($1.88)
  • Least expensive metro markets – Jacksonville ($1.61), Pensacola ($1.63), Panama City ($1.64)

Find Florida Gas Prices

  • Daily gas price averages can be found at Gasprices.aaa.com 
  • State and metro averages can be found here

AAA GAS PRICE AVERAGES
(Price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline)

Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago Record High
National $1.784  $1.782 $1.777 $1.956 $2.895 $4.11   (7/17/2008)
Florida $1.765  $1.766 $1.782 $1.922 $2.793 $4.08   (7/17/2008)
Georgia  $1.618 $1.621 $1.639 $1.790 $2.724 $4.16   (9/15/2008)
Click here to view current gasoline price averages

In Alachua County, there are still stations ranging from $1.69-$1.76. Here are the best prices in the county, according to gasbuddy.com:

  • Shell at 7015 US-301 Hawthorne $1.69
  • Raceway 15330 NW US 301$1.74
  • BP 15295 NE US HIGHWAY 301 Waldo $1.74
  • Shell 6807 NE US 301 Hawthorne $1.75
  • Love’s 5615 SE US-301 Hawthorne $1.75
  • Raceway 16171 Martin Luther King Dr. Alachua $1.75
  • BP 15980 NW US Hwy. 441 Alachua $1.76
  • Shell 16070 Martin Luther King Blvd. Alachua $1.76
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