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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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.