Average retail gasoline prices in Manatee and Sarasota have fallen 5.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.25 a gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of gas outlets throughout the area. The lowest prices in Bradenton were $3.15 a gallon, the survey found. This compares with the national average that has fallen 8.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.25 a gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Prices Sunday were unchanged compared to the same day one year ago and are 7.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago in Sarasota and Manatee, according to the survey. The national average has decreased 18.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 1.3 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
"The drop in gas prices certainly has been well noted -- in some instances people have been calling this a gas price crash. Dub it whatever you like, but I'll remind motorists: Gasoline prices in some areas still could set all-time record highs for Christmas Day," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.
"While it is excellent that gasoline prices have dropped, I'm not on board with this being called a gas price crash. Call me a grinch, call me a realist, but at the end of the day, data doesn't lie -- and that data shows that gasoline prices are still clinging near all-time highs for today's date," DeHaan said.