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Coronavirus pandemic continues to push down Florida gas prices

The statewide price drop amounts to about 50 cents over the past 40 days, AAA, the Auto Club Group, said.
Coronavirus pandemic continues to push down Florida gas prices. Pictured is a man filling up gas in St. Petersburg in 2017. [Dirk Shadd | Times (2017)]
Coronavirus pandemic continues to push down Florida gas prices. Pictured is a man filling up gas in St. Petersburg in 2017. [Dirk Shadd | Times (2017)] [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Apr. 7, 2020

The global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continued to drive down gas prices this week.

According to AAA, the Auto Club Group, state gas prices averaged $1.89 a gallon Tuesday, down 7 cents over the week. Tampa Bay gas was $1.80 per gallon on average, also down 7 cents over the week.

Statewide, prices have fallen by about 50 cents over the past 40 days, AAA said.

“Historically, gas prices rise like a rocket and fall like a feather,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman. “In this case, retail prices are still slowly falling to catch up with the massive discounts in oil and gasoline values that we saw in the past six weeks.”

Should gas prices continue their downward tear and fall below $1.74 per gallon on average, it would be the lowest the state has seen since 2009, Jenkins said.

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