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The State of Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Most of the state is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for southern Florida, where the climate borders on tropical and the Florida Keys, which have a tropical climate. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on 2 April 1513, during Pascua Florida (Spanish for “Flowery Easter,” referring to the Easter season). Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba. Florida’s extensive coastline made it a perceived target during World War II, so the government built airstrips all around the state. Today approximately 400 airports are still in service due to the coastal geography of the state. Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi. Only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.
At 345 feet (105 m) above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Contrary to popular belief, however, Florida is not entirely “flat.” Some places, such as Clearwater, feature vistas that rise 50 to 100 feet (15–30 m) above the water. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles (40 km) or more away from the coastline, features hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet (30–76 m) in many locations. Lake County holds the highest point of peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 312 feet (95 m).
News from Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune
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Nov 22, 2014 5:09 am
TAMPA -- Two of the most dramatic comeback victories in University of South Florida football history -- both engineered by sophomore quarterback Mike White -- were the bookends on one of the most emot...
Nov 22, 2014 5:08 am
GAINESVILLE -- No matter what Florida does today, it won't really change the season. Sure, the Gators can end a three-game losing streak at Florida Field, become bowl eligible and give 22 seniors and ...
Nov 22, 2014 5:07 am
TAMPA -- El Centro Español was the most affluent of the city's social clubs -- those organizations that provided immigrants with social services ranging from medical care to banking to entert...
Nov 22, 2014 5:07 am
TAMPA - Jacquies Smith felt secure about his status with the Buffalo Bills, right up to the moment he was told to turn in his uniform. Summoned to the front office two days after the season-opening ov...
Nov 22, 2014 5:05 am
CLEARWATER -- No one may have booked a vacation to seek out the mythical half dolphin-half manatee creature cooked up by tourism marketers as an April Fools' prank earlier this year, but the advertisi...
Nov 22, 2014 5:05 am
Quentin Williams was the unequivocal leader of Jefferson High's 2010 undefeated, nationally-ranked, state-championship football team. Emotionally, vocally and by example, "Q" set the tone. W...
Nov 22, 2014 5:05 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- City police officers have spent less time responding to false alarms from home and business security systems since the city began fining repeat offenders in 1995. Nonetheless, ther...
Nov 22, 2014 5:04 am
TAMPA -- After playing in quicksand on Thursday, the Lightning look to climb their way out and get back on track. Following a disheartening loss to Toronto, players and coaches alike lamented a lack o...
Nov 22, 2014 5:03 am
DETROIT - Are you ready for some free football at Ford Field? Fans are being offered free tickets to the NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets on Monday night that was moved to Detroit ...
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
May 11, 2014 8:07 am
Beautiful weather for The Final Round
May 10, 2014 11:41 pm
Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park
May 10, 2014 6:58 pm
Michael Sam has been picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team.     &...
May 10, 2014 6:46 pm
Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'
May 10, 2014 6:29 pm
Three boys are being questioned by officers after they were seen throwing homemade explosive devices in a Northside neighborhood.        ...
May 10, 2014 5:49 pm
A 29-year-old woman was dragged beneath a vehicle near Oceanway on Saturday.
May 10, 2014 12:44 pm
A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 8-year-old boy reported missing out of Miami, authorities said Saturday.       &...
May 10, 2014 12:13 pm
An investigation is ongoing after a car crashed into a Publix supermarket in North Naples
May 10, 2014 10:28 am
A Jacksonville man is in critical condition after his motorcycle hit another vehicle head-on Friday evening, authorities said.       &a...
May 9, 2014 11:56 pm
Parents can oppose what textbooks are used in their children's classrooms
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Nov 22, 2014 5:28 am
Jillian Pim hasnt had a bite to eat since police cited Arnold Abbott three weeks ago for feeding the homeless at Stranahan Park.
Nov 22, 2014 4:36 am
From a conference room on the third floor at work, Danny Haughton sees it happen. He doesn't know the men and women who park in the vacant lot across the street, but he knows they're about to be towed...
Nov 22, 2014 1:58 am
A homeless man was taken to the hospital early Thursday after he was found lying injured on a road in Deerfield Beach.
Nov 21, 2014 11:46 pm
A 43-year-old man is accused of having sex with a teenage girl and providing her as a prostitute for other men.
Nov 21, 2014 10:44 pm
It seems Cooper City was the most recent stop on Trevor D. Thornton's nationwide trajectory of deceived, scorned and ripped-off women, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.
Nov 21, 2014 9:44 pm
The old bingo hall on State Road 7 in Hollywood can claim more historical significance than virtually any building in Broward County.
Nov 21, 2014 9:09 pm
Driving late to reach Grandma's for Thanksgiving? You can get free coffee at any service plaza on Florida's Turnpike.
Nov 21, 2014 9:03 pm
Ten manatees were spotted in Broward County this week in the first aerial survey of the season.
Nov 21, 2014 8:44 pm
A Plantation man ran barefoot from his home to the closest fire station, about four houses away. Banging on the door, he hollered: My house is on fire!
Nov 21, 2014 8:43 pm
Get your hands on the wheel and put down the cell, because the first bill filed for the next legislative session would allow police to pull over drivers for texting while driving.
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