County gas prices rise slightly; more increases expected

Gasoline prices increased throughout most of the country last week, rising 5 cents on average in Florida and just 1 cent in Palm Beach County.

The national average for a gallon of regular stood at $2.61 Monday, while Florida’s was $2.60, and Palm Beach County’s $2.72, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.

AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said the price increase in Palm Beach County happened a couple of days before the state average rose, and it happened over a longer period of time.

Gasoline prices are running highest for this time of year since 2014.

“Every motorist in the country is paying more at the pump year over year. At 18 cents, Utah is seeing the smallest increase and California is feeling the biggest increase at 52 cents compared to the same time last year,” said AAA spokeswoman Jeanette Casselano.

Palm Beach County’s average is 27 cents higher than a year ago, and Florida’s is up 32 cents.

“Strong demand coupled with steadily rising oil prices means filling up will continue to cost consumers more this month. In fact the last time the national gas price average was this high, but under $3 a gallon in February was in 2010,” Casselano said.

GasBuddy’s head of petroleum analysis, Patrick DeHaan, said high oil prices continue to push gasoline prices to territory that Americans haven’t seen in years, aside from Hurricane Harvey in September.

“While oil production in the U.S. reaches highs not seen since the 1970s, OPEC’s production cuts for the last year have weighed heavily on global inventories, mitigating any small rise in U.S. production,” DeHaan said.

“The damage could get even worse with refinery maintenance season and the transition to summer gasoline on the horizon. This has been a storm brewing since the Obama administration legalized oil exports and OPEC decided to forgo market share to tighten global supply,” DeHaan said. “All of this and more will lead to average gas prices being 25 to 50 cents per gallon higher by Memorial Day.”

Gasoline prices may begin a larger upward trend after Valentine’s Day as refineries will likely ramp up maintenance plans, thus reducing the amount of gasoline being produced and likely leading to higher prices, DeHaan said.

Here’s a look at the lowest prices in our area, as reported to Monday. Prices can change at any time.

Jupiter: $2.55, Mobil, 2950 E. Indiantown Road; Circle K, 126 W. Indiantown Road

Palm Beach Gardens: $2.59, Sunoco, 2490 PGA Blvd.

North Palm Beach: $2.55, Chevron, 819 Northlake Blvd.; Shell, 9009 Prosperity Farms Road

Riviera Beach: $2.58, 7-Eleven, 7280 N. Military Trail

Lake Park: $2.50, Marathon, 980 Northlake Blvd.; Citgo, 1401 10th Street; Murphy USA, 103 N. Congress Ave.; Sunoco, 774 Northlake Blvd.; Speedway, 1216 Northlake Blvd.

West Palm Beach: $2.47, Sam’s Club, 4295 45th St.

Royal Palm Beach: $2.49, Costco, 11001 Southern Blvd.

Wellington: $2.59, Shell, 192 U.S. 441

Lake Worth: $2.48, 7-Eleven, 4774 S. Military Trail; Cumberland Farms, 4771 S. Military Trail; J&A, 4703 S. Military Trail

Lantana: $2.48, Costco, 1873 W. Lantana Road

Boynton Beach: $2.56, BJ’s, 1540 W. Boynton Beach Blvd.

Delray Beach: $2.51, Murphy USA, 16211 S. Military Trail

Boca Raton: $2.53, Costco, 17800 Congress Ave.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in

Condo Act does not restrict nonresident owners from serving on panel

Question: I am an original condo owner (46 years) in our building. I am originally from New York. In the past six years, we have become Florida residents, spending six months per year in Florida. Our community needs a lot of work, and last year I invited several neighbors to my home to talk about what we could do to improve the look of the community...
PIP lawsuits explode to record
PIP lawsuits explode to record

A no-fault car insurance system that was supposed to reduce lawsuits in Florida has instead produced a record mountain of more than 60,000 in 2017, a new report shows. That represents a stunning rise of close to 50 percent in one year, according to data from The Florida Justice Reform Institute, a group that says it fights against wasteful litigation...
After price cut, former New York Yankee’s mansion listed at $14 million
After price cut, former New York Yankee’s mansion listed at $14 million

Former New York Yankees pitcher Jeff Nelson has cut his price and hired a new agent to market his mansion in Jupiter. Nelson now is asking $14 million for the 11,000-square-foot crib along the Intracoastal Waterway at Admirals Cove. Billy Nash of The Keyes Co. is the new listing agent of the 1.1-acre estate. “It was listed last year at $19 million...
Should you talk about your pay? Career experts weigh in
Should you talk about your pay? Career experts weigh in

Even with nearly every cultural taboo thrown to the wind− from discussing sexual orientation to politics; one last conversational taboo still exist among Americans − how much we get paid. "These days, it's okay to talk about the troubles we're having with our children or even our marriages," noted one blogger from PayScale...
BB&T recovering after 'technical issue' left customers without access to accounts, cash
BB&T recovering after 'technical issue' left customers without access to accounts, cash

Millions of BB&T customers were locked out of their accounts Thursday night and Friday morning due to an outage that bank officials said was caused by a "technical issue." The interruption of services was first reported Thursday night and appeared to last until just before noon Friday. “At this time, many of our services...
More Stories