Gas to cost more

S. Florida leads state in gas cost

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - By Wayne K. Rous­tan Staff Writer wkrous­tan@sunsen­tinel.com

Fuel prices are ex­pected to rise steadily through the Memo­rial Day hol­i­day.

Gas prices are ex­pected to rise steadily through Memo­rial Day, ac­cord­ing to AAA.

Dur­ing the last five years, the an­nual re­fin­ery main­te­nance sea­son has seen prices grad­u­ally in­crease by 35-70 cents per gal­lon be­tween Fe­bru­ary and the end of May and driv­ers can ex­pect the same this year.

“All this comes at a time when de­mand typ­i­cally rises as Amer­i­cans re­sume road trips in the spring,” said Mark Jenk­ins, spokesman for travel club AAA.

Oil re­finer­ies un­dergo rou­tine main­te­nance ev­ery spring and pre­pare for the switch to the more ex­pen­sive sum­mer blends of gaso­line which lowe rs re­fin­ery pro­duc­tion and drives up prices, he said.

Metro Or­lando is one of the three ar­eas in the state with the best av­er­age gas prices, at $2.18 on Mon­day — just be­hind Tampa’s $2.17 and just ahead of Jack­sonville’s $2.19.

Or­lando’s av­er­age price has been rel­a­tively flat of late, about half a penny cheaper than a week ago and six cents cheaper than a month ago — but 53 cents more ex­pen­sive than a year ago.

On Mon­day, the av­er­age price for a gal­lon of reg­u­lar un­leaded in Florida was $2.27 which is a half cent less than a week ago, five cents less than last month, and 54 cents more than at the same time last year.

The na­tional av­er­age price for the same gal­lon is $2.29 which is just frac­tions of a cent more than a week ago, a half cent less than a month ago, and 56 cents more ex­pen­sive than a year ago.

The three most ex­pen­sive ar­eas of the state to buy gas, on av­er­age, are Palm Beach County at $2.46, Mi­ami-Dade at $2.40, and Broward at $2.39 per gal­lon of reg­u­lar un­leaded.

Com­pared to a week ago, gaso­line pro­duc­tion lev­els along the Gulf Coast fell 7 per­cent and sup­ply de­clined 2 per­cent, but de­mand has risen 2 per­cent.

Oil prices av­er­aged $53.20 per bar­rel last week — the same av­er­age as the week be­fore.

“All this comes at a time when de­mand typ­i­cally rises as Amer­i­cans re­sume road trips in the spring.” Mark Jenk­ins, spokesman for travel club AAA.

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The av­er­age cost of reg­u­lar gas in Florida is $2.27.

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