Why are Sebastian gas prices so high?

A RaceTrac gas station on Malabar Road in Palm Bay is selling gas about 55 cents cheaper than Sebastian, Florida.
A RaceTrac gas station on Malabar Road in Palm Bay is selling gas about 55 cents cheaper than Sebastian, Florida.

SEBASTIAN, FL – Gas prices in Sebastian are still higher than Vero Beach and Palm Bay. It’s been a mystery for at least three weeks now with no answers.

We asked a state inspector who sent us a general response but said they would look into it. We also asked local politicians and they didn’t know, but also have questions.

It’s a topic that no one wants to discuss. One that leaves people in the dark on why they should pay upwards of 55 cents more per gallon.

Is the gas in Sebastian made out of gold?

Some gas stations in our town are charging $2.75 per gallon. The lowest price in Sebastian is $2.59.

The RaceTrac on Malabar Road in Palm Bay is charging $2.19 per gallon. The Chevron station in Vero Beach is $2.39.

As far as the gas stations go, they just said the price is based on the market. The national average today is $2.68 per gallon. Florida’s average today is $2.52.

Right now, Sebastian motorists are paying more than the national and Florida average. What is so different in Sebastian compared to places like Vero Beach or Palm Bay?

One petroleum analyst told us the price could be based on volume and demand. Gas stations that sell more can afford to lower their prices.

Almost every national publication, including Time Magazine, Business Insider, and USA Today, is talking about how low gas prices are right now. Yes, they are low, but why should someone pay 55 cents more per gallon in Sebastian compared to one down the road?

Need to fill-up? Go to RaceTrac in Palm Bay.


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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and raised in Jupiter, Florida. He has been a radio and TV personality since the mid-1980s. He has worked for WFLX-TV (Fox 29), WIRK, WLIZ, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and others. In 1994, Andy took a break from broadcasting and was a software and systems engineer for various companies. In 2002, he permanently moved back to Sebastian, where Andy's family has lived for over 45 years. He returned to the broadcasting sector in 2005. Andy joined Sebastian Daily as our editor-in-chief in 2016.