According to gasoline price aggregate website GasBuddy.com, gas prices in the Bradenton-Sarasota area have dropped by about 3 cents per gallon to, on average, $2.16 per gallon. The national average for the same time period was $2.26.
Prices on July 4 were about 50 cents lower than the year previous and almost 15 cents down from one month ago. The national average is down about 50 cents as well.
According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on July 5 in Sarasota have ranged widely over the last five years:
- $2.66/g in 2015
- $3.59/g in 2014
- $3.42/g in 2013
- $3.16/g in 2012
- $3.44/g in 2011
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“Yesterday's gas prices ended just as GasBuddy predicted a week ago: $2.27 per gallon nationally," Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy, said in a press release. "While prices have come down, we now head to the time of year when hurricane season enters the picture. In the last couple of years we have seen minimal to no disruption as hurricane season largely went by with no major storms that hit land. Should we see a major hurricane enter the Gulf, gas prices may react.”