Tampa Gas Prices Increase Is Highest Spike In Florida

Gas prices in Tampa Bay jumped 13 cents this past week, which was the largest weekly gas price increase in Florida.

The regular unleaded average price jumped from $2.225 to $2.363 in a week in Tampa, said a report from AAA. Orlando was a close second in price spikes with a 12-cent increase. Jacksonville and Fort Myers-Cape Coral had a 9-cent increase.

At $2.36 Tampa sees itself with a 5 cent increase than it was this time last year, but the same as last month.

While the Bay Area saw the biggest increase, West Palm Beach-Boca Raton and Miami and Fort Lauderdale have the highest gas prices at $2.45 and $2.39.

Pensacola, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee were the least expensive places for gas at $2.35.

“Tampa gas prices were brought back in line with where they probably should’ve been selling, based on prices in the wholesale market,” AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said in a news release to the Tampa Bay Times. “Fortunately, the retail side has leveled off, and could even be on the way back down this week. Oil and wholesale prices weakened last week, which should allow gas prices to slip a few cents.”

The AAA report also noted that the national average price for gas slightly increased this last week to $2.38. Overall, the average price for Florida fell one cent to $2.37.