Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Gas Prices Ease but Still High for July 4

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Gas Prices Ease but Still High for July 4

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Gas prices are easing off their Iraq-driven highs, but experts say travelers will still pay more at the pump during their Fourth of July jaunts than they have in about six years.

"Market concerns about a supply disruption in Iraq are calming," AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said. "The price of oil slipped last week, so motorists should begin to see some relief at the pump.

"However, the discount may only be a nickel, keeping the average price on Independence Day at its highest level since 2008," Jenkins said.

The highest price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was set on Independence Day 2008, with an average price per gallon of $4.06 in Florida, according to AAA data.

The second-highest gasoline prices were in 2011, when the average price was $3.50 in Florida.

Last year at this time, the average was $3.43.

On Monday, the average price for a gallon of regular in the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice market was $3.63, flat with the previous day and only a penny higher than a week ago. …

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