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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 Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
Apr 17, 2014 2:48 pm
Gov. Rick Scott is expected to be at Northrop Grumman's on Thursday afternoon to highlight job growth at the center.
Apr 17, 2014 2:45 pm
The Coast Guard responded to a boat fire in the Intracoastal Waterway in Jacksonville Beach Thursday morning.
Apr 17, 2014 2:44 pm
UNF police are searching for a man they say took video of a student going to the bathroom.
Apr 17, 2014 12:41 pm
A little bit warmer
Apr 17, 2014 12:21 pm
An associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been arrested on charges of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying to a federal grand jury.
Apr 17, 2014 11:41 am
Earnie Polk, 43, said he and Joey Polk hooked an 11-foot, 805-pound shortfin mako shark off a Gulf Coast beach at about 10:30 p.m., and it took about an hour to bring the beast to shore.
Apr 17, 2014 7:14 am
The contest coincided with the 2014 Masters at Augusta National. 20 golf destinations, each of which has at least one supreme public course, were chosen by an expert panel.
Apr 17, 2014 12:14 am
A mother says she's struggling to keep her daughter safe after the teen was allegedly violated by another student in school.
Apr 16, 2014 11:40 pm
A Massachusetts man traveled all the way to Ponte Vedra to adopt a special kitten Wednesday.
Apr 16, 2014 10:03 pm
Teachers, students and coaches at Orange Park High School want to know who shot at an osprey during the school's track meet.
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Apr 18, 2014 4:00 am
Boynton Beach plans to do all it can to help its residents with mental health issues.
Apr 17, 2014 2:19 pm
Even this winter's freeze couldn't keep AutoNation from posting a record first quarter.
Apr 17, 2014 2:08 pm
Police are looking for a man who robbed at TD Bank on Thursday, according to a Greenacres Police news release.
Apr 17, 2014 1:16 pm
Hollywood's police chief, the target of recent police union attacks via banner and billboard, had his own message for the public on Wednesday: The streets of Hollywood are safe.
Apr 17, 2014 8:49 am
Expect more gray skies with scattered showers and storms today, the result of a stalled cold front.
Apr 17, 2014 8:32 am
A trusted member of Rothstein's inner circle, the former bookkeeper played a key role in his $1.4B Ponzi scheme, investigators sayFederal prosecutors filed a criminal charge Wednesday against Scott Ro...
Apr 17, 2014 3:26 am
It will be Pat Riley vs. Michael Jordan in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
Apr 17, 2014 2:32 am
It's Heat vs. Charlotte in playoff opener – and then maybe BrooklynMIAMI – Well, this is it. The moment's finally here. The endless NBA regular season ended Wednesday nigh, the Hea...
Apr 17, 2014 2:22 am
An avid outdoorsman, Ryan Toogood fishes for sharks in the Atlantic, hikes alligator habitat in the Everglades and even owns a pair of snake-proof boots.
Apr 17, 2014 1:15 am
Thousands of mailboxes could be compromised after an armed robber stole a postal key from a mail carrier in Lauderhill, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
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