Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Gas prices dip below $3 in areas across Tampa Bay

Gas prices have dipped below $3 in some places across the Tampa Bay area — a bit of an early holiday present, and a trend expected to extend through the new year.

"Unless something unforeseen occurs, we will be paying less for gasoline than we did during the holidays last year," AAA spokeswoman Jessica Brady said Monday.

Right now, Tampa's average is $3.10 per gallon. A few area stores were posting prices just below $3.

"That is not only the lowest so far this year in Tampa, but in conjunction with Orlando, the lowest metro average in the state of Florida," Brady said.

The state's average is $3.20 per gallon, Brady said. That's about on par with the national average, according to

The national low, found in Missouri, is $2.82.

But Brady said lower prices won't necessarily mean an increase in Thanksgiving travelers. Last year, about 39 million people traveled by car over the Thanksgiving holiday. That number was up from 2011, Brady said. She expects a high number of people to travel by car this season, too, but doesn't expect gas prices to prompt much of that travel.

In Florida, lowered prices won't create a significant amount of discretionary income, she reasoned, and likely won't change travel plans.

Brady said lackluster demand coupled with bursting inventories — about 2.5 percent higher than they were at this time last year — created a drop in prices. On a national scale, Brady said, the Tampa Bay area ranks around the middle.

Claire Wiseman can be reached at (727)-893-8804 or On Twitter: @clairelwiseman.


The price of a gallon

of regular unleaded gas

in the Tampa Bay area:

As of MonDAY


week ago


MonTh ago


YEAR ago




* 7/16/2008

Source: AAA/Oil Price Information Service

To find the cheapest gas where you live, visit

Gas prices dip below $3 in areas across Tampa Bay 11/11/13 [Last modified: Monday, November 11, 2013 9:51pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Florida education news: Accountability plan, post-Irma, turnarounds and more


    ACCOUNTABILITY: The Florida Department of Education submits a revised Every Student Succeeds Act plan without the waiver requests it had originally proposed. Experts and advocates …

    High Point Elementary teacher Kristen Bierman works with English language learners on their reading skills. The state wants to test all students in English, saying it's Florida law.
  2. Rays morning after: Zim's legacy felt on bunt play



  3. Work, threats continue as Hernando recovers from Irma

    Local Government


    Hurricane Irma's fierce winds are becoming a memory, but the water the storm left behind has become a real threat on Hernando's east side.

    This aerial drone view shows flooding on the Withlacoochee River in the Talisman Estates area of east Hernando, south of Ridge Manor. The river is about 6 feet above flood stage, and its floodwaters are not expected to recede for days.
  4. A boy and a girl stare at the camera from their house after Hurrciane Maria hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, September 20, 2017. The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis. [Associated Prss]
  5. Forecast: Dry air, hot temperatures remain in control across Tampa Bay


    Dry but hot weather will continue Thursday across Tampa Bay with only a 20 percent chance of showers forecast for the afternoon.

    7 day forecast. [WTSP]