Soaring gas prices may keep more on LI for vacations

HAUPPAUGE - The turmoil in Libya and other parts of the Middle East is triggering higher gas prices across the country, which may lead many residents to stay on Long Island for vacations.

Prices at the pumps have soared 19 cents over the past three weeks across the country. The national average for a gallon of regular gas is now $3.76 a gallon, which is 91 cents higher than it was this time last year. On Long Island, it is $3.97.

Anthony Linsalata, of Deer Park, says he'll be looking to vacation with his son on the Island this summer to save gas. "I can't afford to go out to the city or down south anywhere because the gas prices for anything are going to be ridiculous," Linsalata says. Long Island hotspots such as Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead are betting on increased local tourism this year, which could be a boon for the local economy.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in 1 AG Sessions visits LI to discuss gangs, protests planned
Officials say the algae cause a host of 2 Harmful algae found in Willow Pond in Village of Huntington
The county's Republican Executive Committee met to decide 3 Nassau GOP endorses Martins for exec
Thousands of mourners gathered in Bethpage for the 4 Thousands line Bethpage streets in tribute to fallen firefighter
Amtrak announced Thursday it will begin replacing tracks 5 Amtrak accelerating Penn Station work, rail delays expected

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE