Area gasoline prices have dropped nearly 20 cents per gallon within the last month, but they still remain about 11 cents higher than they were a year ago.
Average retail gasoline prices in Naples fell 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.59 per gallon Sunday, according to website NaplesGasPrices.com. Local prices Sunday were 10.8 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 19.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.
Local prices compare with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.46 per gallon, according to gasoline price website NaplesGasPrices.com. The national average has decreased 32.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 3.1 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago, the website shows.
"The national average has again decreased in the last week, but the decreases are beginning to slow down," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Wholesale gasoline prices rose strongly on Friday which could send prices higher in states with among the lowest prices in the United States. The fuel tightness has also continued in New York City. For those in Sandy's wake, fuel availability remains difficult, and is the reason GasBuddy has implemented an emergency fuel availability service."
The Hurricane Sandy fuel availability site can be found by navigating to www.gasbuddy.com/sandy.