Rising Gas Prices Pinch Local Traveler

The high price of gas has kept Wiregrass residents closer to home this Memorial Day.

Florala State Park's Lake Jackson is considered one of the most pristine, freshwater bodies' in Alabama. Over the last three-days, it has drawn thousands from across a one hundred-mile radius.

Cindi Turnage and her family are from Crestview, Florida with the price of fuel over three-dollars a gallon, staying close to home is important.

"Gas is skyrocketing; usually we go to South Carolina to visit family, but not this year. We wanted to stay closer to home," said Turnage.

Shawn Oriento and his family live in northern Walton County. He says Lake Jackson agrees with his wallet, to fill-up the family van and head down to Destin would be more than 90-dollars alone in gas.

"I have a big van; it can cost 80-dollars to fill-up. We stay closer to home and spend the money on a meal than gas," said Oriento

DeFuniak Springs resident Thomas Cassidy said, "it's a lot better coming here than the beach when you go down there gas is even more expensive."

The high price of fuel coupled with dry weather is credited with what appear record breaking crowds this holiday weekend at Lake Jackson.

Florala State Park is just one of many recreation sites in the area, visited by thousands of people during the Memorial Day holiday.

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