By South Florida Business Journal

Tropical Storm Bonnieâ¿¿s threat to Gulf oil refining drove up the price of crude oil $2.89 last week, and with it the price of gas, but not by much.

Nationally, the average price of a gallon of regular was up a penny to $2.73.

In Florida, the average price rose by 3 cents week over week.

"As with any rise in the price of crude oil, retail gas prices will increase. Crude's price increase was minimal, so consumers shouldn't see too big a jump in retail prices this week," said Jessica Brady, manager, AAA public relations, in a news release.

In South Florida, prices were highest in West Palm Beach, where the average price of a gallon of regular is at $2.78, up from $2.75 a week ago. Miami drivers are paying, on average, $2.76, up from nearly $2.74. In Fort Lauderdale, a gallon of regular rose to $2.72, up from $2.70.

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