Florida gas prices jump 6 cents

Florida just saw a significant jump in gas prices overnight into Tuesday morning.According to AAA, the average cost for a gallon rose 6 cents from yesterday, so it’s now $4.53.According to AAA, that’s the highest price ever recorded. That’s still lower than the national average, which stayed at $4.59 cents overnight. Those prices are expected to make a big impact on Americans’ wallets for Memorial Day.But that doesn’t appear to be stopping people from going out of town for the holiday.AAA is still predicting more than 35 million people will still drive somewhere this weekend. An additional 3 million Americans are expected to fly for Memorial Day, despite the rising prices for plane tickets.Florida’s commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services said last week she has a plan to get record-high gas prices down.Secretary Nikki Fried, who’s also running to be the Democratic nominee for governor, wants Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare an emergency.Fried said that would allow her to issue an order that would allow stores to sell gas at a loss.Under normal circumstances, state law bans retailers from selling gas below cost.Fried said stores have done it during past emergencies.”The last time we were able to waive this was in 2019 when Hurricane Dorian was on the verge of hitting land here in Florida. And we did see some of our larger retailers drop their fuel prices,” she said.Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy says U.S. prices are lower than many countries right now.”Which sounds pretty wild when we’re talking about record prices. But even to the north, our Canadian neighbors are paying the equivalent of nearly $7 per U.S. gallon. So, prices are substantially higher there. You go to Europe, and you’ll find $8 and $9 prices. Hong Kong (is) well over $10 a gallon,” DeHaan said.

Florida just saw a significant jump in gas prices overnight into Tuesday morning.

According to AAA, the average cost for a gallon rose 6 cents from yesterday, so it’s now $4.53.

According to AAA, that’s the highest price ever recorded.

That’s still lower than the national average, which stayed at $4.59 cents overnight.

Those prices are expected to make a big impact on Americans’ wallets for Memorial Day.

But that doesn’t appear to be stopping people from going out of town for the holiday.

AAA is still predicting more than 35 million people will still drive somewhere this weekend.

An additional 3 million Americans are expected to fly for Memorial Day, despite the rising prices for plane tickets.

Florida’s commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services said last week she has a plan to get record-high gas prices down.

Secretary Nikki Fried, who’s also running to be the Democratic nominee for governor, wants Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare an emergency.

Fried said that would allow her to issue an order that would allow stores to sell gas at a loss.

Under normal circumstances, state law bans retailers from selling gas below cost.

Fried said stores have done it during past emergencies.

“The last time we were able to waive this was in 2019 when Hurricane Dorian was on the verge of hitting land here in Florida. And we did see some of our larger retailers drop their fuel prices,” she said.

Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy says U.S. prices are lower than many countries right now.

“Which sounds pretty wild when we’re talking about record prices. But even to the north, our Canadian neighbors are paying the equivalent of nearly $7 per U.S. gallon. So, prices are substantially higher there. You go to Europe, and you’ll find $8 and $9 prices. Hong Kong (is) well over $10 a gallon,” DeHaan said.

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