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Gas prices down in Florida as we approach the holidays

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It appears one gift every Florida driver may be getting this year is cheaper gas. According to AAA, the price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline is $3.27, down almost 14 cents from just a month ago.

Tampa area drivers are seeing some of the best prices in the state – as prices have fallen almost 16 cents in recent weeks, with the average driver spending $3.17 for a gallon on unleaded gas.

While Florida fuel prices have fallen, the national prices at the pump have not. The national average remains unchanged at $3.24 per gallon, according to Gasbuddy.com.

"With just hours to go before Christmas, it appears that the national average may set a new all-time record high, barely edging out 2011 as the most expensive average for gasoline on Christmas Day," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "The bad news likely won't stop there- gasoline prices in six out of the last seven years have increased between Christmas Day and January 15 of the following year. If the national average rises to at least $3.26/gal before New Year's Day it will mark the highest start for gas prices ever on the first day of the year," DeHaan said.

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