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Gas prices falling in Bartow heading into weekend
Gas prices falling in Bartow heading into weekend

Bartow, Florida -- Gas prices may still seem painfully high, but in Bartow they are actually quite lower than they were this same time last year.

Heading into the first weekend of May, the average price for a gallon of regular gas, according to website gasbuddy.com, is $3.67 per gallon.

That's actually down 27 cents per gallon from a month ago, and 23 cents lower than this same time last year.

"Since the start of the year, 2012 broke daily, weekly, and monthly records for the highest price averages at the pump, but now the tables have turned and prices are below last year's level," said Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman, The Auto Club Group.

Brady says it's a big relief to people who were hearing grumbling about super-expensive prices by this summer.

"This is welcomed news to motorists who heard rumors of $5 to $8 a gallon gasoline by summertime," she said.

And that means more folks from our area will be able to celebrate upcoming holidays with a bit of break at the pump.

"If gas prices do continue to fall throughout the month of May, we could definitely see an increase in the number of Americans traveling for the Memorial Day holiday weekend," said Brady.

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