CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. - People vacationing in the Tampa Bay area may have to pay more to drive back home. Escalating prices are on the minds of those trying to relax.
People who are pouring into the area for the nice weather are being met with eye-popping gas prices. In just a few short days, prices have quickly soared.
"Every time we go by a gas station, we talk about it for sure," said Janet Culp, who is vacationing on Clearwater Beach with her husband, Bill. The Canadian couple is heading back north next week and are growing concerned about escalating prices and the amount of money it'll cost them to drive home.
"I'm retired, and Jan is retired and we're both limited to the amount of money we have available. So yeah, it's going to be a strain," added Bill.
For other tourists, it means altering their already-budgeted vacation money. Scott Ferguson just arrived from Toronto with his wife and three kids.
"If it's going to cost me almost twice as much as I thought it was going to cost, I will definitely spend a little less while I'm down here. You know, you budget for a week and gas prices certainly affect that," said Ferguson
Businesses along Clearwater Beach may not be feeling the fuel effects just yet. But they're certainly keeping a watchful eye, considering peak spring break season is right around the corner.
Bill Barry, who just finished relaxing on the beach, takes a rather laid back approach regarding his drive home to Kentucky.
"it's going to cost us a lot more I guess to get back. Yeah, it does bother me, But there's not a lot we can do," said Barry. When asked if he would eat fewer grouper sandwiches while vacationing to save gas money, Barry laughed and said, "Yeah, a lot less grouper sandwiches."
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