North county gas prices hold steady, south prices jump in face of storm

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Grey storm clouds from Hurricane Isaac Tuesday morning billow over Tom Thumb at the corner of Antioch Road and U.S. Highway 90. Gas prices in northern Okaloosa County remained steady, despite the storm’s approach.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 02:45 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Returning from a day of shopping at Silver Sands outlet mall and dinner in Destin last Saturday, Crestview resident Ken Campbell went to top up at the Raceway gas station in Shalimar.

He was surprised to find that instead of the fuel price being several cents less per gallon than it usually is in Crestview, it was 10 cents more expensive.

“I could’ve saved a buck and filled it up when we got home,” Campbell said. “It was $3.69 a gallon.”

Fort Walton Beach residents also saw hikes.

“They sure did jump in Fort Walton Beach,” Barbara Howze Hinote wrote on the News Bulletin’s Facebook page.

However, in the Crestview area, prices for regular-grade gas at Tom Thumb stores, which serve most residents’ fuel needs, remained steady at $3.59 during the last two weeks, despite the approaching storm.

Tom Thumb Senior Vice President David Daigle wouldn’t discuss the 10-cent discrepancy between the local convenience store chain’s north and south Okaloosa County locations, saying, “We don’t comment on gas pricing.”

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