Some gas stations dropping prices in Panama City Beach, says councilman

Panama City Beach Councilman Hector Solis says thanks to one new gas station, now others are starting to drop their gas prices. (WJHG/WECP)

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Some might saying paying at the pump in Panama City Beach can be a pricey experience.

But at Thursday's city council meeting, councilman Hector Solis acknowledged one new gas station on Back Beach Road that’s going against the grain to offer lower prices.

Councilman Solis said after Hurricane Michael he reached out to vice-presidents of several oil companies but to no avail.

Solis said nearly a year and a half after the storm you could still find gas stations charging up to 50 cents a gallon higher on the beach than elsewhere, but now that a new station has dropped prices to $1.79 a gallon, other stations seem to be following suit.

”[A] brand new gas station that opened up there and dropped the price down. They started at $1.99 and miraculously everybody else dropped their price 40-cents, and then they dropped to $1.89, and everybody dropped to $1.89 so [a] 50 cent gallon difference,” said Solis.

With some people losing their jobs due to the coronavirus, Solis says the lower gas prices could be a much needed benefit for people's wallets.

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