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Gas prices not deterring Florida holiday travelers, but for many stay-at-home summer looms

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BOCA RATON- With the average price of a gallon of regular gas sitting at $4.70 in Palm Beach County, millions of Floridians still plan to hit the road this Memorial Day Weekend.

“Coming out of a 2 year pandemic, a lot of folks really want to travel again, and they’re not letting higher prices stop them,” said AAA’s Mark Jenkins.

The motor club predicts more than 2 million Floridians will be on the road this weekend, up about 8% from last year.

Air travel is expected to be 28% higher than last year as well, however staffing shortages, weather issues, and new COVID cases have led to a number of flights being cancelled.

Looking ahead towards summer, a recent survey by Florida Atlantic University found that 79% of respondents intend to cut back on travel due to high gas prices and inflation, which stands at 9.1% locally.

“We found that Floridians are concerned about the economy,” Monica Escaleras, chair of the Economics Department at Florida Atlantic University, said to our partners at WPTV.