1. AAA: Gas prices to rise this spring

Motorists should expect to see a seasonable rise in gas prices this spring.

Refineries are easing into maintenance season, which normally signals a gradual increase in prices at the pump. Throughout the past five years, gas prices rose 35 to 70 cents from February to Memorial Day, and motorists should expect the same this year, according to a news release from AAA - The Auto Club Group.

On average, the price for a full tank of gas is $8 more than this time last year. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.29, just fractions of a cent more than a week ago, a half cent less than a month ago, and 56 cents more than a year ago, AAA reports.

Florida's average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.277, a half cent less than a week ago, 5 cents less than last month, and 54 cents more than last year.

The top three most expensive Florida metro markets are West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.46), Miami ($2.40), and Fort Lauderdale ($2.39). The least expensive Florida metro markets are Tampa ($2.17), Orlando ($2.19), and Jacksonville ($2.19), according to AAA.

2. Two-vehicle ATV crash in Golden Gate Estates critically injures woman

A 19-year-old Naples woman was critically injured in a two-vehicle ATV crash in Golden Gate Estates on Saturday night, the Florida Highway Patrol reported Sunday.

Andrea Badillo-Ocasio was driving a 2017 Yamaha ATV northbound on 10th Street Southeast, south of Golden Gate Boulevard, at 8:20 p.m, the report said.

Mario Cepero-Ricardo, 23, of Naples, was also driving northbound on 10th Street Southeast when the front left tire of Badillo-Ocasio's ATV struck the front right tire of Cepero-Ricardo’s 2014 Yamaha ATV, the FHP said.

Badillo-Ocasio’s handlebars “wobbled,” and she became “detached from the vehicle,” according to the news release.

The woman fell on the road in the southbound lane of 10th Street Southeast, and her ATV rolled to a final rest facing east in a front yard in the 300 block of 10th Street Southeast.

Andrea Badillo-Ocasio was taken to NCH North Naples Hospital with critical injuries, the FHP said.

The report said alcohol was not a related factor and that the crash was under investigation.

3. ‘Solomon Islands Adventures’ is Thursday

The Marco Island Shell Club will host Dr. Gary Schmelz, who will present a program entitled “Solomon Islands Adventures—a Return to Bali Hai,” incorporating photos from his two trips there.

The Solomon Islands, a nation of hundreds of islands in the South Pacific, has many WWII-era sites. Guadalcanal, a province and one of the archipelago’s largest islands, honors fallen Allied soldiers at its U.S. War Memorial. Guadalcanal is also home to the nation’s capital, Honiara, whose bustling Central Market showcases the islands’ produce and traditional handicrafts.

The seminar will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 2, at United Church of Marco, 320 N. Barfield Drive. The seminar is open to the public and will be followed by light refreshments.

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