FDOT budgeting future land purchases for 54/41 project

A local task force is expected to make recommendations next year on a traffic fix for the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41, but the Florida Department of Transportation already is budgeting about $32 million for land purchases connected to the project. The funding is slated for fiscal year 2023, as part of the agency’s five-year work plan. The funding for the rights of way for … [Read more...]

Seeking ways to link local and state trails

A study that will guide decisions on how to build and connect multipurpose trails in the Dade City area with the Withlacoochee State Trail is narrowing down the options. But, at the mid-point in the Withlacoochee Trail Connector Study, consultants are still gathering public input before singling out a recommended trail path. On Aug. 10, about 20 residents met with Pasco County officials and … [Read more...]

Despite holiday, gas prices continue to fall

The demand for gasoline was the biggest in years for travelers trying to take the road to their Christmas destinations. Yet, where the classic system of supply and demand would've typically meant higher gas prices — they were, instead, lower. In fact, motorists saw the cheapest gasoline for Christmas since 2008, where Florida drivers saw an average price of $2.43. That broke lows set in 2009, … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas, Florida: $2 gas is coming

Georgia and Tennessee have gas stations where prices have fallen below $2 a gallon. And it looks like Florida might not be far behind. Stations in the Jacksonville area reported prices of $2.10 over the weekend, according to AAA. And if prices keep falling at the current rate of 2 cents a day, that area will be at $2 a gallon by the end of the week. "Gasoline prices are plunging with little … [Read more...]

Another week, another dime for gas prices

There is still no end in sight on how low gas prices may go after the national average for a gallon of gasoline dropped another dime in the past week. That new national average is now $2.70, the lowest since September 2010. Sunday marked the 73rd straight day that gas prices had fallen, losing 66 cents in the process. "The shale boom continues putting downward pressure on the price of oil, … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving traveling like it’s 2009

It's just five years ago, but 2009 is not too hard to remember. The Black Eyed Peas had a hit in "Boom Boom Pow." At movie theaters, "Avatar" was breaking every record imaginable. And at the gas pump, drivers were paying less than $2.70 at the pump. Hit songs and blockbuster movies from five years ago will likely stay there, but cheap gas? It's back, as the national average for a galling of … [Read more...]

No bottom yet in sight for falling gas prices

Cheaper gas is probably something everyone can get used to. But how long will gas hover around the $2.75 mark or lower? Only time will tell. The national average for regular unleaded gasoline fell to its lowest point since December 2010, dropping below $3 per gallon. Right now, more than 60 percent of American gas stations are selling gas below that mark, according to AAA, and 23 states have … [Read more...]

Lower gas here just in time for holiday shopping

Drivers are paying on average 65 cents less per gallon of gas they did just six months ago. And the price at stations around the state — and nation — continue to drop. Gas in Florida checked in at $3.04 over the weekend, down 11 cents from a week ago, and below $3 in many markets, including in and around Pasco County. "We are seeing gas prices falling at an average of 1 to 2 cents a day," … [Read more...]

Like falling fuel prices? Thank shale

Oil production in the United States is at its highest level since the release of the first "Back to the Future" movie in 1985, and a lot of that has to do with the new shale boom. Crude oil settled at $82.75 on Friday after dropping below $80 for the first time in two years just the day before, as gas prices continue to drop both locally and nationwide. "Motorists are paying $5 to $15 less … [Read more...]

Plunging gas prices take a breather

Notice gas going up at your favorite fill-up station? Don't worry, it's happening everywhere. Maintenance at refineries along the Gulf of Mexico created a spike in gas prices this past week, pushing the cost of a gallon of gas up nearly a dime in one night Wednesday in some places around the state. But it did calm down elsewhere, and Florida reported an average of a 2-cent rise since last … [Read more...]