$4 a Gallon Gas Hits the Gulf Coast

By: Kavontae Smalls Email
By: Kavontae Smalls Email

Destin -- Gas prices have been inching higher along the Gulf Coast, and in Destin it’s already exceeded $4 a gallon.

For many drivers it’s their biggest nightmare, $4 a gallon gasoline. In Destin, several gas stations are advertising prices slightly above $4, which is higher than the national average of $3.88 a gallon. Gas prices rose by 24% in the last twelve months. Those higher prices are pinching many local drivers in the wallet during the busiest time of the year, Spring Break.

“We put aside a good amount of money for gas and we kind of estimated it by how much the gas was in Arkansas and we weren’t expecting it to be almost 40 cents more here so I guess we’re going to be alittle over budget going back definitely” said Britney Moss, Arkansas.

The surge in prices has caused many people to pay closer attention to gas billboards to save a few pennies.

“We did budget higher for our gas with the gas prices being up, but we were hoping they stay under the $4 mark” said Denise Schan, Missouri.

Studies show Americans are driving less, but other countries like China are driving more, which increases demand for gas and consequently the overall price. However, not everyone is feeling the pain at the pump, Sebastian Granada rides his $35 bicycle around town and bypasses the gas station. He says it was a worthwhile investment.

“$35 bucks for three months, it’s about 10 cents each day, if you think about money and they are paying about $35 bucks just for half a tank” said Sebastian Granada.

Experts say the national average for a gallon of gas can reach as high as $4.25 a gallon by late April.

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  • by beach guy on Mar 29, 2012 at 09:59 AM
    Personally Im hoping for $5 a gallon, maybe then traffic will clear out a little.
  • by Brian Location: Panama City on Mar 28, 2012 at 07:02 AM
    Maybe if the illegal alien Obama bowed even lower to his Arab masters, they'd lower the price of crude oil by a few cents and help us out.
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      by DBC on Mar 30, 2012 at 01:11 PM in reply to Brian
      LOL!!! It didn't lower the price of gas when Bush Jr. walked hand in hand through the rose garden with an Arab Sheik.
  • by Anon Location: PCB on Mar 26, 2012 at 09:34 AM
    Dave= Mr Obama may not be in Oil, but he is shutting down pipelines that could help lower the cost of gas. And his agenda is to drive up the cost of gas so it is at the same price as the EU has to pay.
  • by Dave Location: pcb on Mar 26, 2012 at 07:57 AM
    RP = I don't remember the Obama family being in the Oil Business. I think that was Bush!
  • by Zack Location: Panama City on Mar 26, 2012 at 05:30 AM
    What about all that home heating oil that wasn't needed because of the unusual warm weather? Looks like the revineries and the speculators have us by the short hairs again.
  • by Mark Location: PC on Mar 25, 2012 at 04:23 PM
    Mr. Obama, are there any more pipe line projects you can shut down? Are there any more areas you can put off limits to drilling billions of barrels of oil and gas in this country that were open until you closed them? Are there any more dozens of EPA regulations you can come up with to add cot to gas> More billions of dollars can throw at green energy that doesn't work and independent experts say can't possibly replace it for decades? Is there anything else you can do to us? I've been to Chicago. For most things you can walk, or take a bus. Ninety percent of this country DOES NOT work this way. You said you wanted higher gas prices and electric. You're getting them. You're happy. We're suffering.
  • by WC Location: Panama City on Mar 25, 2012 at 04:03 PM
    This reminds me of the early 70's. NO gas except high test which is over 4.00 dollars A gallon. The Chevron plant on Beach drive just off loaded two yes that's right 2 large barges full of gas either Thursday or Friday of last week and now they are saying there is no regular gas. Wake up people you are getting taken to the cleaners. They are just driving the price up before Obama takes away the oil companie's subsedies. They did this in the early 70's and said we have A shortage of gas. I worked for Texaco back then and we had more gas than we knew what to do with and did not have enough room to store the gas so the oil sat in NY harbor on ships because the refineries were full and could not take any more oil. Wake up people you are getting ripped off And the government does nothing because he wants clean energy at A high price. Why is the State allowing this to happen?
  • by RP Location: PCB on Mar 24, 2012 at 07:10 AM
    Thanks Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hope gas prices are your downfall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • reply
      by The Wizard on Mar 25, 2012 at 08:29 PM in reply to RP
      Well gas prices aren't his fault. Actually there is plenty of gas. They have been watching the Iran nuclear problem, no one has been watching the price of gas. When Iran decides that having a nuclear bomb isn't worth being excluded from world affairs, then things will settle down and gas prices will drop.
  • by Brenda Location: Panama City on Mar 24, 2012 at 05:12 AM
    Sounds like gas gouging to me...Something needs to be done about the high gas prices...There is no need for them...
  • by Sandra Location: Panama city on Mar 24, 2012 at 04:33 AM
    Looks likes I am going to be riding my scooter more.
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