Something that's sure to affect travelers this weekend is gas prices, which are the highest they've been in six years. The average price of gas on the Coast is currently $3.44. That's roughly a 20 cent increase from where we were one year ago. People are starting to feel dents in their wallets and local consumers are not happy about it.
Ricky Welch, a resident, says, “I think we're America. We ought not to be so high. We own a lot of the oil refineries down here, and I know we got to go to other countries to get the oil, but we have plenty over here. I think the Americans ought to look after the American people here. We have to get gas for our own people. It's going to affect them a lot. People are not making as much money as they want to make. The gas is just eating us alive out here because we use gas in more than just the vehicles. We're using it in all kind of ways.”
Even though prices continue to climb, gas prices in south Mississippi are still around 30 cents cheaper than the national average, which is at $3.67.