State Rep. Darryl Rouson to speak in Bradenton

State Rep. Rouson to speak in Bradenton

BRADENTON -- State Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, will host a Town Hall meeting on the past legislative session from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the 13th Avenue Dream Center at 922 24th St. E. in Bradenton.

Rouson will also talk about prison reform, police body cameras and Medicaid expansion, according to his office.

Amberjack closes June 1 in Gulf state waters

MANATEE -- The recreational harvest of greater amberjack in Gulf of Mexico state waters, including Manatee County, closes Monday through July 31 before reopening Aug. 1.

Memorial Day motorists paid 5-year-low gas prices

MANATEE -- AAA reports 33 million Americans would drive 50 miles or more during the Memorial Day weekend and pay the lowest gasoline prices for the holiday in up to five years.

The average price in Florida was 6 cents lower than 2010.

"Oil and gas prices are much lower this year thanks to increased oil supply," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA-The Auto Club Group. "This boosted disposable income, which helped fuel the highest number of anticipated Memorial Day motorists in a decade."

Gas prices should peak this month and even decline into the summer, according to AAA.

The Energy Information Administration forecasts the national average price for gas this month to finish at its current average of $2.68, then average $2.55 this summer.

After peaking at $107.26 last year, the price of oil plunged as low as $45.19 this year, before rising 12 percent year-to-date and closing at $59.72 on Friday.

-- Herald staff reports