Pumped up: Drivers happy to find lower gasoline prices

A customer fills up his tank at a local gas station in Miami, Friday, May 27, 2011. With gas prices still topping the $4-a-gallon mark in much of the country and forcing holiday travelers to spend more on fill-ups this Memorial Day weekend, some are opting to to stay closer to home.(AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

A customer fills up his tank at a local gas station in Miami, Friday, May 27, 2011. With gas prices still topping the $4-a-gallon mark in much of the country and forcing holiday travelers to spend more on fill-ups this Memorial Day weekend, some are opting to to stay closer to home.(AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Motorists awakened Monday to sticker shock at the pump — the good kind.

Gas prices fell sharply over the weekend in Southwest Florida and, in some locations, the cost of regular unleaded fuel dropped to as low as $3.83 per gallon. As a result, some local motorists waited in line at the pump Monday to take advantage.

From Estero to Bonita Springs to Naples, many gas stations dropped the price per gallon by at least 5 or 6 cents, while others decreased prices by as much as 10 to 15 cents.

At the Shell Station off Interstate 75 and Immokalee Road in North Naples, pumps were occupied for most of the afternoon while other motorists waited in line for their turn.

"I didn't even notice that (prices) were down until I was driving by and looked at the board," said Naples resident Jessica Ross. "I figured why not pull in and fill up. It's worth a little bit of a wait."

That Shell station was selling gas at $4.08 a gallon Friday, and by Monday, it was down to $3.96, said crew members at Advanced Solar Pool and Spa based out of Naples.

"When you're filling up 10 trucks a day a drop like this really helps," said crew member Jon Renas. "It would be great if it would go down to $3.50 a gallon, I've heard that may happen this summer. I hope so."

Some motorists were optimistic that gas prices would continue to decrease over the summer while others were quite skeptical and expect costs to increase again around Memorial Day.

"I hope it lasts," said Bev Terry, a Bonita Springs resident, who was filling up at a 7-Eleven on U.S. 41 just south of Bonita Beach Road. "I've heard that prices are supposed to be lower this summer, but I have a feeling by Memorial Day they will be back up over $4 per gallon."

Kristy Beste of Estero, who commutes daily to Naples for work, said she spends around $100 a week for gas and didn't feel the drop over the weekend would make much of a difference for her.

"I say, hallelujah! Now, I can get gas and pack of gum," she said. "I drive five days a week to work so they're going to have to lower the price a lot more than this for it to make any difference in my bank account."

Oil prices have fallen from $110 a barrel last month to $103 a barrel Monday amid investor worries that economic growth in the U.S. and China, the world's two largest oil consumers, may slow more than previously expected.

But some local residents had their own theories.

"The price will gradually keep going down, only because it is an election year," said Dan Miller, a Punta Gorda resident. "It happens every election year."

Bradford Bateman, store manager of the Motor Mart Express on Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs, an independent franchise dealer of Chevron, also believes that election-year politics have an influence on the price of fuel.

"I always like to joke with the customers that it's political," said Bateman. "I expect prices to go up around Memorial Day and the Fourth of July because demand goes up. But by election day, I would bet that the price will be down almost a quarter per gallon."

Deanna Perez, the store manager at the Mobil 7-Eleven on U.S. 41 in Bonita Springs, echoed the statements of many corporate gas station managers Monday.

"We change the prices when corporate tells us to change the prices. What causes it? I don't know," Perez said. "All I know is that a competitor's survey is done, and our prices change."

© 2012 Naples Daily News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Related Stories

Related Links

Comments » 38

Creep writes:

Yeah I'm pumped . that extra nickel will change my life. After 40 gallons i can get a coffee....Yipee

cozyboy writes:

What a joke ,the media is running with this story. Scott (the Shill) Pelley just declared on CBS that we're back to last years prices and the worst is over. When it gets down to about 2.50 then the worst will be over, let alone 1.84 when you know who took office. So tired of the media shilling for this administration.

brown writes:

Obama 2012

greathornedlizard writes:

Thanks Obama!
We paid more in W's administration.

SandnSurf writes:

LOL, what a joke. They lowered it to give a false hope, but mark my work, come Memorial Day, the price will skyrocket!

lil_Sebastian writes:

GAS COST $40 LESS PER BARREL THAN IT DID IN 08 WHEN GAS WAS AT ITS HIGHEST. THEY JACK THE PRICE UP $1 THEN LOWER IT SO YOU THINK YOU ARE GETTING A DEAL.

676 writes:

It's Obamas fault prices are lower. Re-elect Reagan, he'll fix it.

wonderful (Inactive) writes:

in response to GOPWhistleblower:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

NTW: Wait until your ol' buddy, katy pelley, tells you that present obama's efforts in iran and elsewhere haven't worked!

Just bicycle down and get your stamps, eh?

JunkYardDog_1 (Inactive) writes:

in response to greathornedlizard:

Thanks Obama!
We paid more in W's administration.

WRONG!!!

HAP writes:

Oh please. More gas coming from all ends of the oval office. So, do all of you accept these inflated prices as our new norm?

Francophile2 writes:

It would be astonishing if any one of you actually had knowledge about gas price fluctuation. Thanks for the belly laugh! No knowledge whatsoever!

Trexler writes:

Id be happier if the oil traders had to put up 100% cash to speculate and a few were hung by the "bull"...they are doing to America just what the yamaka wall st. bankers did to us in the subprime mkt..America is broke by the efforts of these plotters....

fritobandito writes:

Obvious headline is obvious.

GermanJoker writes:

It isn´t that bad in the US after all.., i´m looking forward to my next trip to Naples, to fill up my rental car !!!
At the moment in Germany the gas prices are between 8.10 US $ and 8.60 US $ per gallon.
In Europe the oil companies are milking car driver like cows. But i agree all of you that gas prices in the US hes skyrocketed over the last 20 years. I still can remember a trip i paid 80 cents per gallon..... that was fun

Klaatu writes:

in response to greathornedlizard:

Thanks Obama!
We paid more in W's administration.

You are correct!
From May till after the after the election in 2008 we paid on avg $4.12 per gallon!
http://www.gasbuddy.com/gb_retail_pri...
Don't for get click the eight year chart.
Republicans have short attention spans and memories.
especially if you're a dumb as a Junkyarddog !

Ruger writes:

in response to cozyboy:

What a joke ,the media is running with this story. Scott (the Shill) Pelley just declared on CBS that we're back to last years prices and the worst is over. When it gets down to about 2.50 then the worst will be over, let alone 1.84 when you know who took office. So tired of the media shilling for this administration.

Its not going to end anytime soon apparently, who really believes this small decrease is really making a difference?

JunkYardDog_1 (Inactive) writes:

in response to cozyboy:

What a joke ,the media is running with this story. Scott (the Shill) Pelley just declared on CBS that we're back to last years prices and the worst is over. When it gets down to about 2.50 then the worst will be over, let alone 1.84 when you know who took office. So tired of the media shilling for this administration.

Read carefully, Klaatu. Speaking of short attention spans. Comprehension is a terrible skill to waste, especially if you're as dumb as a Klaatu!

JunkYardDog_1 (Inactive) writes:

There's no denying that gas prices have consistently risen over the last 3 and a half years. Obe has even made it known he wants higher prices at the pump. Give it a rest Klaaptuie.

desperado writes:

Don't get comfortable.......This is the " Calm before the storm " !!!

Klaatu writes:

in response to JunkYardDog_1:

There's no denying that gas prices have consistently risen over the last 3 and a half years. Obe has even made it known he wants higher prices at the pump. Give it a rest Klaaptuie.

The chart proves gas prices where consistently higher under GWB. Who by the way inherited a surplus and left the largest deficit in our nations history

Here I'll type slowly for you!
Oil and Gas are traded as commodities on the open market. Speculators are driving the prices up! Economists attribute as $0.56 in recent months
Have someone explain the concept to you, preferably not one of your co-workers at the junkyard. Now go brush your tooth !

Raminar_Dixon writes:

Obama motto: "We've got what it takes to take what you've got."

Toolong_Inthesun writes:

The method is very simple remove something like food or water from the cage until they are desperate and then "give" back half as much and they will be thankful. If you start by removing half they will not. The same method is used with price increases for gas, crank up the price and then decrease it, us lab rats are thankful.

Sanity writes:

Anybody celebrating this miniscule drop in prices needs their head checked. These prices are too high.

Max_Headroom writes:

in response to Klaatu:

The chart proves gas prices where consistently higher under GWB. Who by the way inherited a surplus and left the largest deficit in our nations history

Here I'll type slowly for you!
Oil and Gas are traded as commodities on the open market. Speculators are driving the prices up! Economists attribute as $0.56 in recent months
Have someone explain the concept to you, preferably not one of your co-workers at the junkyard. Now go brush your tooth !

.....And Obama has TRIPLED the deficit in just 3 years!!!!!!!

DonkeyWhispererakaDuh_novan writes:

who ever, what ever keep the prices going in that direction.

NeezDutz writes:

in response to greathornedlizard:

Thanks Obama!
We paid more in W's administration.

You are correct. Oil per barrel was also up above $140.
Now it's 2/3 that at just over $100.
That should put fuel somewhere around $2.70 per gallon.
Yea, thanks Obama.

Here4Now writes:

"Motorists awakened Monday to sticker shock at the pump — the good kind"

Exaggerate much? You do realize that even a 10 cent drop amounts to about a buckfitty per TANK. Big GD deal. I guess everything's gonna be roses from here on out.

NeezDutz writes:

in response to Patriot_1:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I agree with you Patriot
You are correct. Oil per barrel was also up above $140.
Now it's 2/3 that at just over $100.
That should put fuel somewhere around $2.70 per gallon.

Thanks for the chart, you can see when Obama took office gas was $1.60+/- and it has slowly increased to this date.
i thought you supported him.

Gifted1 writes:

Put it all in perspective:
Milk $ 3.80 gallon
Shampoo per gallon?
Cologne per gallon?
Dish soap per gallon?
Perfume per gallon?

Gas is still one of the cheapest purchases out there. I mean come on, people are paying $ 4.00 for a case of ....WATER!...lol

desperado writes:

in response to greathornedlizard:

Thanks Obama!
We paid more in W's administration.

Did not..What was gas when Bush left office !!!!!!!!!!

Gifted1 writes:

in response to Gifted1:

Put it all in perspective:
Milk $ 3.80 gallon
Shampoo per gallon?
Cologne per gallon?
Dish soap per gallon?
Perfume per gallon?

Gas is still one of the cheapest purchases out there. I mean come on, people are paying $ 4.00 for a case of ....WATER!...lol

and furthermore, what about you losers that smoke....Don't hear you complaining. Big Business has you by the lungs,,,LOL

NeezDutz writes:

in response to Gifted1:

Put it all in perspective:
Milk $ 3.80 gallon
Shampoo per gallon?
Cologne per gallon?
Dish soap per gallon?
Perfume per gallon?

Gas is still one of the cheapest purchases out there. I mean come on, people are paying $ 4.00 for a case of ....WATER!...lol

What i see from your comment is that it's okay that gas is overly inflated because we are paying inflated costs of the examples you have given?
That's interesting, doesn't make sense but interesting.
I am guessing that you were sitting with Pelosi when she was jumping up and down about the $4 price for gas back in 2008. And you are still sitting besides her while she is quiet because it doesn't fit you her political agenda.

DonkeyWhispererakaDuh_novan writes:

in response to Gifted1:

and furthermore, what about you losers that smoke....Don't hear you complaining. Big Business has you by the lungs,,,LOL

the price increase is mostly taxes !! thats why the price changes from state to state!

Ruger writes:

in response to NeezDutz:

What i see from your comment is that it's okay that gas is overly inflated because we are paying inflated costs of the examples you have given?
That's interesting, doesn't make sense but interesting.
I am guessing that you were sitting with Pelosi when she was jumping up and down about the $4 price for gas back in 2008. And you are still sitting besides her while she is quiet because it doesn't fit you her political agenda.

Good memory, she blamed the Republicans in the Senate and President Bush...

http://freedomslighthouse.net/2011/03...

NeezDutz writes:

in response to Patriot_1:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I can see your attempt.
Here's the problem. Most liberals are going after everyone and their brother...IF...they are making a profit.
This subject could actually make a difference in EVERYONE'S pocket and...nothing.
That's my point. It is only worth going after when the political gain is strong.
Just like Pelosi's rant when Bush was in office, now she is silent.

brown writes:

I went to Yale Law and voted for Obama. You should to.

leneggs writes:

lower gas prices....must be Obama's fault.

HAL9000 writes:

in response to desperado:

Did not..What was gas when Bush left office !!!!!!!!!!

When the economy took a dive during Bush's final phase in office, I recall paying as little as $1.49 per gallon at a service station in Yuma, Arizona.

Want to participate in the conversation? Become a subscriber today. Subscribers can read and comment on any story, anytime. Non-subscribers will only be able to view comments on select stories.

Features