Florida gas prices to jump 25 cents as tax holiday ends

Tax holiday expires Nov. 1

Florida gas prices are set to increase 25 cents per gallon as the state’s tax holiday comes to an end Tuesday.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida gas prices are set to increase 25 cents per gallon as the state’s tax holiday comes to an end Tuesday.

“That’s a big jump. That would be a big jump at home as well, but that’s a big jump for sure,” said Dawn Pinder, a driver visiting from Bahamas.

According to AAA, the tax holiday gave a 25-cent discount to drivers through October.

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“While Halloween is traditionally a time for filling bags with candy, drivers may also want to fill their gas tank to take advantage of current prices at the pump,” AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said in a news release. “Pump prices will likely rise 25 cents overnight, when the state gas tax expires on Tuesday morning.”

“That’s crazy. That’s going to definitely impact my budget at home,” said Jordan Rodriquez, who works construction in Orlando. “It’s horrible because for us that work in construction, have to drive a lot, it’s a big cost for the company.”

The tax holiday went into effect on Oct. 1, bringing prices down for Florida drivers. However, the discount didn’t last long when prices jumped as OPEC announced plans to cut production.

The average price per gallon in Florida is $3.29 as of Sunday.

Regional prices

  • Most expensive metro markets - West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($3.47), Gainesville ($3.40), Naples ($3.38)
  • Least expensive metro markets - Crestview-Fort Walton Beach ($3.14), Pensacola ($3.14), Panama City ($3.21)

Ways to save on gasoline

  • Combine errands to limit driving time.
  • Shop around for the best gas prices in your community.
  • Consider paying cash. Some retailers charge extra per gallon for customers who pay with a credit card.
  • Remove excess weight in your vehicle.
  • Drive conservatively. Aggressive acceleration and speeding reduce fuel economy.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined ClickOrlando.com in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.