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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
Dec 22, 2014 4:25 am
A 23-year-old man faces charges in the slaying of a 17-year veteran Tarpon Springs police officer and the father of six children.
Dec 22, 2014 3:54 am
Navy Lt. Commander Donald Bryant surprised his family at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on Sunday after returning from deployment. Wife Ann Bryant and their children Arielle and Tristan, were unsuspect...
Dec 22, 2014 2:24 am
TAMPA -- They stiffened in the red zone. They chased Aaron Rodgers off his spot. From sideline to sideline, they hit the Packers hard and often. And once again, it wasn't enough. Playing without All-P...
Dec 22, 2014 2:02 am
Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared Sunday of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assau...
Dec 22, 2014 1:39 am
The Bucs continue barreling toward the Mariota and Winston stations, completely unimpeded by winning.
Dec 22, 2014 1:28 am
The problem with winging it on offense, is sooner or later your offense is bound to fall apart, which is precisely what happened on Sunday afternoon to the Buccaneers.
Dec 22, 2014 1:06 am
TAMPA -- A lightning strike that hit in a Raymond James Stadium parking lot shortly after Sunday's Tampa Bay Buccaneers game ended sent at least seven people to the hospital, according to Tampa Fire R...
Dec 21, 2014 11:41 pm
The man who helped bring Ian Fleming's dashing secret agent James Bond to film is remembered by his children as a loving husband who abandoned the lucrative franchise and skipped Los Angeles for St. P...
Dec 21, 2014 11:38 pm
To many people living in the North Boulevard Homes project, Sandra Dean is more than a neighbor. She's a guardian angel.
Dec 21, 2014 11:24 pm
TAMPA -- What do you do with kids who are too big for car seats but too little for a standard seat belt? The Florida Legislature says it has the answer, though some child advocates say the new law tha...
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
Dec 21, 2014 4:24 am
Missing from discussions touched off by the epic changes coming in U.S.-Cuba relations was the bearded figure who stands as the constant center of 55 years of stalemate: Fidel Castro.
Dec 21, 2014 12:35 am
It was music to their ears as news spread that gay marriages could proceed in Florida with cheers erupting at the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida concert in Fort Lauderdale.
Dec 20, 2014 5:00 am
"Like many of you, our family was blessed with the opportunity to gather together over the recent Thanksgiving holidayWe shared good food and watched a whole lot of football. We also talked about...
Dec 20, 2014 1:32 am
Pembroke Pines police are searching for a teen who has been missing since Thursday afternoon.
Dec 20, 2014 1:00 am
In her 12 years as a Broward County circuit judge, Cynthia Imperato has heard numerous jury verdicts. But for the first time, Friday the verdict was about her.
Dec 19, 2014 9:45 pm
The armed robber might have worn a wig and carried a purse, but she was no lady. She was a he.
Dec 19, 2014 9:14 pm
Redevelopment has produced dramatic changes in the downtown skyline in recent decades and now the city is trying to bring new life to its smaller business corridors.
Dec 19, 2014 9:10 pm
A nursing home executive was arrested on suspicion of stealing $12,466 from a dementia patient in a Fort Lauderdale facility, the Florida attorney general's office said.
Dec 19, 2014 9:07 pm
Every second is critical in an emergency, yet thousands of callers to emergency 911 in Broward County still are forced to wait for help while their call is transferred to another dispatch center.
Dec 19, 2014 8:53 pm
For many, the constant din of rolling shopping carts brimming with donated toys on Friday was as sweet as the jolly Christmas carols brightening the mood.
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