Tampa gas prices soar past record highs

Tampa, Fla. (WFLA) – The average price of gas in Tampa, Florida continues to hit record highs almost daily during peak driving season, according to data from GasBuddy.

According to a previous WFLA report, the average cost of gas in Florida was $4.40 on Thursday – 8 cents higher than the record high just a day earlier. Since then, the GasBuddy price chart shows the average price for a gallon of gas has increased by 10 cents to $4.50.

In nearby Sarasota County, the average price for a gallon matches that in Tampa.

Prices have increased steadily since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in April 2020.

President Joe Biden previously released oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in November and March, which had a temporary effect, but prices quickly rallied back to record highs.

Biden has stressed that fighting inflation is a top priority in his administration.

“I believe inflation is our top economic challenge right now,” Biden said.

Earlier this week, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried issued an emergency rule extending the time gas stations can sell E-15 blended fuel, WFLA’s Beth Rousseau reported.

Although the alternative fuel is typically sold during the winter, Fried said the measure would increase gas supplies and cut prices by $0.10.

https://www.wfla.com/news/hillsborough-county/tampa-gas-prices-soar-past-record-highs/ Tampa gas prices soar past record highs

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