In Hendry, Glades, and Collier county prices remain about 15 cent higher per gallon than Florida average prices. Weekend prices were about $3.69. Lee county continues to have the best price bargains in SW Florida.
Including the change in gas prices in Florida during the past week, prices yesterday were 96.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 15.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 9.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 91.6 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
"Retail gasoline prices finished last week quite strong in some areas on concern surrounding Hurricane Irene," said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst. "The concern surrounding refinery production on the East Coast helped boost gasoline prices outside that area as well.
The good news for motorists is that damage to refineries was likely minimal and gasoline production will resume soon. However, with Labor Day weekend fast approaching and these refineries taking days to resume production we still may see retail prices gradually climb during this week," DeHaan adds.