COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - Southwest Florida drivers are feeling the pain at the pump. Across the country and here in Southwest Florida, the price of gas has gone up 20 cents per gallon in just two weeks.
One of the most expensive gas stations in Naples is on the corner of Vanderbilt Beach Road and US 41 where gas is $3.79/gallon. That is 20 cents higher than the state average and people in Naples are noticing the prices are on the rise.
"$3.70 is too damn much. How are we supposed to pay our bills, feed our kids and maintain a life," asks one Southwest Florida driver.
The Hess station on the corner of Golden Gate Parkway and Goodlette Frank is one of the cheapest in the area, but that's not giving these drivers any relief.
"Getting to the job and back is a huge chunk," says Craig Barrero of Naples. "It's monstrous. The gas is killing us. It really is."
The average price of gas in the state of Florida is $3.61. In Naples the cheapest gas we found on gasbuddy.com is $3.63 and the highest is $3.79.
Bill Salley was filling up his truck Wednesday leaving having spent $82.16. He's feeling the pain at the pump and on the job where he owns a downtown Naples deli. "We've been there 5 1/2 years and I've had to raise my prices twice all due to fuel charges."
Drivers are certainly frustrated, but left with little options other than continuing to fill up."We're busting our ass out there for what? $20.00. Five gallons. It's going to get me home but it won't get me back to work."
The most expensive gas in the state is $5.99 at a gas station near Disney World. The cheapest in the state is Casselberry, a suburb just north of Orlando where gas is $3.24 a gallon.