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Grand Strand gas prices inch closer to national average

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – With gas prices on the rise, the whole nation is feeling pain at the pump. But in the Grand Strand, it hits even harder because our prices are inching closer and closer to the national average.

"Sometimes I use up just an eighth of a tank going a few miles," said motorist Nicole Burnside. Nicole works in Myrtle Beach but lives in Surfside. She says even though she doesn't spend too much on gas, the increase in prices has her thinking about moving into town to save a few dollars on her commute.

"I'd like to enjoy my free time more," she said. "And I'd like to burn up less gas going to work."

South Carolina usually falls well below the national average for gas prices, which, according to AAA, currently sits at $3.77 a gallon. Right now, the South Carolina average is $3.61, and several gas stations in Myrtle Beach have passed that mark.

"A month ago it was only $3.20-something," said Karen Boesken. "We thought that wouldn't be so bad to fill up on heading home, now it's past $3.50."

South Carolina has fewer gas taxes than other states, so that accounts in part for the lower gas prices in the Grand Strand. But, CCU Economist Rob Salvino since we've had cold weather this winter, the demand for pricier winter fuel blends has gone up, offsetting the area's normally low prices.

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