Tampa Bay gas prices spike 17 cents over the week

The state's average gas price jumped 15 cents over the week to $2.61 per gallon Monday, according to AAA, the Auto Club Group.
Gas prices in Tampa Bay jumped 15 cents on average over the week, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group. Pictured is a man filling up at a Shell Gas Station in St. Petersburg in 2017. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times (2017)]
Gas prices in Tampa Bay jumped 15 cents on average over the week, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group. Pictured is a man filling up at a Shell Gas Station in St. Petersburg in 2017. [DIRK SHADD | Times (2017)]
Published March 18

Florida gas prices are up in a big way.

The state's average gas price jumped 15 cents over the week to $2.61 a gallon Monday, outpacing the national average by 6 cents, according to AAA, the Auto Club Group. Tampa Bay gas prices spiked even more, increasing 17 cents over the week to $2.60 a gallon on Monday.

Florida's spike was the second-highest of any state behind Kentucky, which jumped 16 cents over the week.

"Drivers saw a jump at the pump last week due to rising demand, reduced refinery output and lower gasoline supplies," said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins. "Although it appears the state average is leveling out for now, the springtime surge may not be over quite yet. The highest prices of the year can arrive anytime between now and Memorial Day weekend."

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