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Gas prices expected to decline this week

Posted at 11:57 AM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-08 11:57:32-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Experts say that in the wake of recent gas prices surges recently, prices are expected to drift lower this week.

According to AAA, Florida drivers are paying $2.66 on average at the pump as of Monday morning. That's a 14 cent increase over just two weeks ago.

"Florida drivers should get some relief at the pump this week," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "After US-Iran tensions led to higher fuel prices a couple weeks ago, growing doubts of a US-China trade agreement is leading them lower. The state average is poised for a five cent decline this week, and even lower if crude suffers additional drops."

The Punta Gorda market has the 2nd-lowest average price in the state at $2.64, beat only by the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach area at $2.62.

Elsewhere in Southwest Florida, the Fort Myers-Cape Coral market is averaging $2.65 a gallon, and Naples is at $2.68.