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Digest

Quality of life index

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 14, 2007


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$3.069 All-time high for the average national price of a gallon of regular gas, set the week after Hurricane Katrina.

$3.054 Average national price of a gallon of gas last week.

$3.046 Average price of a gallon in Gainesville on Thursday, the highest of any metropolitan area in the state.

$2.99 Price of a gallon of regular gas Thursday afternoon at the Shell station at N Dale Mabry Boulevard and Van Dyke Road in Lutz, one of the highest spotted at area stations.

$2.91 Average price of a gallon at stations around Tampa Bay on Thursday.

$2.78 Average price of a gallon at Tampa Bay stations exactly one month earlier.

$2.13 Average price of a gallon at Tampa Bay stations about seven months ago, on Oct. 26.

$1.58 Average price of a gallon at Tampa Bay stations in mid-January 2004, when then-Attorney General Charlie Crist called high gas prices "disconcerting for Floridians."

Compiled by Jay Cridlin.

Source: AAA, TampaGasPrices.com, Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, Times files.

Overheard

"It'll be a twinkling, shimmering and radiant type of experience."

Stanley Saitowitz, a California architect, at the unveiling of his design for a new $32.5-million, three-story Tampa Museum of Art along the Hillsborough River. His plan replaces the design for a $72-million structure that the city scrapped for financial reasons.

"They're our customers."

Wally Hill, deputy county administrator, dismissing the notion that there could be any conflict in allowing someone from the Tampa Bay Builders Association to be on the panel that chose the next Hillsborough director of planning and growth management, which regulates the building industry.

"More heart should be put back in the government."

Thomas Jeremiah Johnson Jr., campaigning for a seat in Congress in 1956. The World War II veteran and former state legislator from Tampa died last week at the age of 86.

[Last modified May 14, 2007, 00:27:04]


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