MANATEE -- Average retail gasoline prices in Bradenton-Sarasota fell 0.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.65 a gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 308 gas outlets in the area. This compares with the national average that has not moved in the last week from $2.76/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Florida's state average price for a gallon of gasoline was $2.66 on Sunday -- 1 cent cheaper than last week, 5 cents cheaper than a month ago, and 90 cents cheaper than the price this time last year.
Motorists should begin to notice lower gasoline prices in the coming weeks thanks to declining oil prices. Last week, a barrel of oil hit its lowest price since April, at a time when gasoline prices were about 20 cents cheaper.
"The decline at the pump is unlikely to be as dramatic as a 20-cent discount, but a few cents here and there is not out of the question," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA -- The Auto Club Group. "Usually gas prices respond more rapidly to rising oil prices than when oil prices fall. Prices at the pump aren't as quick to fall when oil prices do because retailers first need to sell the gasoline in their tanks, which was purchased when gasoline was more expensive. Regardless, lower oil prices means it costs less to produce gasoline, which is good news for motorists."
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Florida ranks in Top 10 in U.S. for low energy costs
MANATEE -- In WalletHub's 2015 ranking of states with low energy costs, Florida landed eighth place in the nation. The District of Columbia took the top spot and Colorado came in second.
WalletHub compared total monthly energy bills in all 50 states to assemble the rankings. Florida's hot summers contribute to its energy costs while the temperate winters help residents save on heating bills.
Florida won the low-cost contest in the monthly natural gas cost sub-category and it also landed in the top 10 for the lowest monthly home heating oil cost.
According to the Florida Public Utilities website, natural gas is used to power air conditioning more often in commercial buildings, though "strides are being made for residential use."
Hiring event for RGIS next week in Sarasota
SARASOTA -- RGIS LLC, a firm providing inventory services to retail, healthcare and manufacturing companies, will host a hiring event with CareerSource Suncoast from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 21 at the CareerSource Suncoast Sarasota Career Center, 3660 N. Washington Blvd. RGIS is hiring for part-time inventory auditors with flexible scheduling and 20 to 40 hours per week.
Multiple positions are available with pay starting at $9 per hour. No appointment is necessary for the event, but applicants are asked to arrive ready
to interview and can register and add a resume to employflorida.com.
Port Manatee manager chosen for leadership group
PORT MANATEE -- Port Manatee's marketing and public relations manager, Virginia Zimmermann, has been selected to participate in the 2015-16 Leadership Manatee program offered by the Manatee Chamber Foundation in partnership with Bradenton Kiwanis.
Zimmermann was chosen from among applicants as an active Manatee County leader most apt to apply knowledge and skills for long-term community benefit.
The 2015-16 leadership training program, which is slated to begin in late August, features lectures, discussions and field trips aimed at educating community leaders about the present and future needs of Manatee County.
More than 1,000 local leaders have graduated from Leadership Manatee since the program began in 1983.
Since joining the Port Manatee team in October 2013, Zimmermann has earned designation as a certified port executive from the MacDonnell Group and has led numerous awardwinning endeavors, most recently with the port's 2015 official directory and redesigned website being recognized with communications awards of merit from the American Association of Port Authorities.
LWRBA seeks donations for Food Bank of Manatee
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, which features Feld Entertainment this week, is accepting donations for the Food Bank of Manatee's White Out Summer Hunger program at its July membership luncheon.
The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Polo Grill's Fete Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. Cost now is $35 for members and non-members. Register online at lwrba.org/event-1892798.
A $3 donation will feed one child for a full weekend, and 100 percent of donated funds go directly to feed children, not to administrative costs. For those that would like to contribute by donating food, the items most needed include fruit cups, peanut butter, tuna/chicken salad kits, whole grain snacks, boxed/canned meals, granola bars, healthy cereals, and 100 percent fruit juice.
Jeff Meyer, Feld's senior vice president of event marketing and sales, will discuss how Feld has brought more than 300 jobs into the area's market since their move to Ellenton in 2013.
-- Herald staff reports