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Updated: 03/13/2014 08:00:01AM

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Traffic flow on West Interlake Boulevard at DeVane Park has a distinctly different pattern now. Town Administrator Phil Williams announced this week a change in how traffic uses the roundabout.

“Vehicles approaching the circular intersection from West Interlake Boulevard or any other side streets must wait for a gap in the circulating flow, and yield, before entering the roundabout,” Williams said.

The old traffic flow model caused vehicles on the roundabout to yield to incoming traffic. The new rule reverses that.

Bright new road stripes were painted this week and yield signs placed to caution approaching drivers. But be a little extra cautious when driving the roundabout. It will likely take a little time for everyone to get used to the new traffic flow.

Be alert. Be safe.

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Eric Zwayer, our innovative and cost-conscious Highlands County Tax Collector, wants to help motorists save money on their motor vehicle license tags.

Florida motor vehicle registration costs very well may be lowered by up to $25 annually and Zwayer wants residents to take advantage of these potential savings now.

It was in 2009 that former Tax Collector Charles Bryan learned an increase in registration fees was looming. He encouraged motorists to do a two-year renewal to save money before the motor vehicle renewal prices went up. Many, including my household, took advantage and saved a significant amount of cash.

“Now with the proposal to lower these prices substantially, I am encouraging folks to limit their registration to a single year,” Zwayer said, “so that they do not lose out on potential savings if the law should take effect on Sept. 1, 2014.”

Currently, when citizens choose the option of a biennial vehicle registration, they realize no cost savings, only the convenience of a two-year renewal. With the pending proposal to reduce fees, anyone renewing for two years before Sept. 1, 2014 would lose the benefit of the reduction for the second year of their renewal period.

Fees paid prior to the effective date of the reduction would not be eligible for a refund or adjustment once the law takes effect, Zwayer said, creating a “buyer beware” sort of arrangement.

The Tax Collector’s office can be contacted for questions at 863-402-6685, or by email at