St. Petersburg, Florida -- If you've noticed the lower gas prices at the pump and wondered how low will they will go, the experts say this is probably as good as it gets.
Say hello to gas for $3.00 a gallon. It's likely we'll never see gas again anywhere in the $2.00 range.
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Drew Suttrich is the owner of Suttrich Landscape services. He knows all about the cost of fuel cutting into the bottom line. Gasoline keeps them in business.
"We're using it for lawnmowers, edgers, weed eaters, blowers, tractors, and trucks."
Suttrich says it's his second largest expenditure next to payroll.
"We're constantly at the pump and we feel the pain all the time," he says.
While AAA predicts the national average of $3.00 a gallon will likely stay that way for at least another 1,000 days, Suttrich says it won't change the landscape of his business because the cost of gas is still high. He says he's not excited about where the cost of gas is right now.
"At one time I was optimistic, but now I just don't put anything past anybody. I keep seeing the prices go down and up. There's no stability."
Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA, says, "You know gas prices fluctuate for a variety of different reasons. There could have been hurricanes that have come through the Gulf that destroy oil supply. Various things with demand. I know that right now, September, is typically a time when gas demand goes down. The summer driving season just came to an end."
Meanwhile, Suttrich has upgraded some of their equipment and he's incorporating more fuel efficient vehicles into their fleet. He says he's also changed the way he grows his business.
"We've focused on working in southern Pinellas County instead of going all the way into northern Pinellas County."
Tammie Fields, 10 News