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Florida gas prices dropping ‘as COVID concerns creep back’

Gas prices could continue to fall as demand shrinks amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Gas prices could continue to fall as demand shrinks amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Driving around this weekend, you may have noticed some gas prices under $2. The prices at the pump could sink even lower as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, experts say.

“Sub-$2 gas prices are beginning to pop up in various Florida cities,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for the American Automobile Association. “Pump prices are drifting lower as COVID concerns creep back into the fuel market. Gasoline demand is already 15% lower than this time last year. Meanwhile, fuel supplies remain strong. It’s possible the state average could dip below $2 a gallon in the coming weeks. If that happens, it would be the first time since June.”

Heading into Monday morning, Florida’s average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $2.08, according to AAA — 4.5 cents less than a week ago and 33 cents lower than at this time last year.

AAA says the state’s average gas price has declined each of the past 22 days for a total discount of 11 cents.

Punta Gorda has the lowest average gas price in the state at $1.96, with West Palm Beach sitting at the highest ($2.22).

The averages in Miami-Dade and Broward counties are just under $2.11 on Monday morning.


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