Gasoline prices on the rise across Florida and Jacksonville in the past week may have reached a peak, according to the American Automobile Association.


The motor club reported in a news release Monday there was an “unseasonable spike” in prices at the pump in the past week after a near two-month slide in the cost of a gallon of gas. Gas prices climbed 13 cents over a three-day period last week, but those prices have held steady over the weekend.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline as of Sunday was $2.53 in Florida, up from $2.39 a week ago. Georgia saw a less dramatic increase in gas prices coming in at $2.41 per gallon Sunday, up from $2.34 a week ago. Both prices are up about more than 20 cents from a year ago.

In Jacksonville, the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular was going for $2.48 Monday morning, according to, a website that tracks gas prices for various markets nationally. The lowest price for a gallon of gas in Jacksonville Monday was at Norman’s Food Store at Post Street and King Street, where it was selling for $2.33.

The rising price at the pump contradicts the usual trend of dropping gas prices during the fall season.

“Our usual autumn pump price plunge was interrupted by rising oil prices,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA. “Fortunately, oil prices let off the throttle last week, allowing gas prices to find what appears to be solid ground.

“However, motorists should expect gas prices to linger at their current levels this week,” Jenkins said in a prepared statement.

AAA officials blamed much of the spike in oil prices on declining oil rig counts in the U.S., lower domestic inventories, production cuts and political turmoil in oil-rich Saudi Arabia where the king of that country has indicated he may abdicate the throne.

Nationally, the average price for a gallon of gas remains slightly higher than in Florida. The average cost for a gallon of gas across the country was at $2.56 as of Sunday. That’s slightly higher than a week ago when the national average price for a gallon of gas was going for $2.52.

In the past week, the most expensive average price for gas in Florida was in West Palm Beach, where it was selling for $2.64 per gallon. Pensacola saw the lowest average price at $2.48 per gallon.


Drew Dixon: (904) 359-4098