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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
May 25, 2015 7:17 pm
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays have sent 14 players to the disabled list and used 42 players this season, both tops in the majors. On Sunday, things seemingly got worse when RF Steven Souza Jr. left in t...
May 25, 2015 7:09 pm
There will be more than one winner Tuesday, as the Lightning send the Rangers packing, writes columnist Steve Otto. We will also join the Lightning in celebrating that we are a good place to live and ...
May 25, 2015 6:42 pm
TALLAHASSEE -- Presidential candidates have something in common with proposed changes to the state Constitution: There's already a slew of them. With almost a year and a half till the next election on...
May 25, 2015 6:41 pm
The 1992 session was the last time Florida's lawmakers needed legislative overtime to pass a budget. Back then, they had a few more hurdles to overcome.
May 25, 2015 6:15 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE -- Authorities say three children have been injured after a waterspout made landfall at Fort Lauderdale Beach and sent an inflatable bounce house flying into the air. Fort Lauderdale p...
May 25, 2015 6:13 pm
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine ­-- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is getting a house of his own at the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. The Bush family says the likely Republican presidential con...
May 25, 2015 6:10 pm
NEW YORK -- Authorities say two planes have been searched at New York's Kennedy Airport after threats were made against the flights. The FBI says U.S. military jets scrambled Monday morning to escort ...
May 25, 2015 5:59 pm
A man pretending to be a law enforcement officer stole a wallet, phone and car keys from a car he pulled over today near Seffner, Hillsborough deputies said. Investigators are looking into whether th...
May 25, 2015 5:38 pm
TAMPA -- The University of South Florida baseball team earned an NCAA at-large bid, its first postseason appearance since 2002, and will face Florida Atlantic on Friday in the Gainesville Regional. Th...
May 25, 2015 4:07 pm
Authorities say a dozen people are missing after flash flooding along the Blanco River in Central Texas that damaged hundreds of homes. Kristi Wyatt, a spokeswoman for the city of San Marcos, said Mon...
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
May 25, 2015 6:33 pm
Four children were injured one seriously on Monday when a waterspout spun ashore and lifted a bounce house that was set up near the basketball court on Fort Lauderdale Beach, authorities said.
May 25, 2015 4:38 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE The man whom divers found after searching for about 30 minutes late Sunday in waters off Southeast 16th Street has died, according to a news release.
May 24, 2015 2:34 am
A man was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday night after the car he was driving slammed into a building at the corner of Southeast Fifth Avenue and Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach, a f...
May 24, 2015 12:44 am
A new ambulance began its service with Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue on Friday night with a very special delivery: 5-pound, 11-ounce Jeremy Garcia.
May 23, 2015 8:48 pm
No foul play is suspected in the death of a Coconut Creek man whose body was found at a storage facility on Saturday afternoon.
May 23, 2015 11:57 am
Should chimpanzees complex creatures with thoughts, feelings and the smarts to learn sign language have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
May 23, 2015 8:40 am
A brand-new fire rescue truck was christened Friday night when firefighter/paramedics delivered a baby while en route to a hospital during the truck's first call.
May 23, 2015 1:07 am
Firefighters answering a rescue call on an otherwise routine downtown Friday morning encountered a scene that was anything but: A man perched 100 feet atop a railroad drawbridge over the New River. ...
May 22, 2015 11:04 pm
Two small planes encountered problems during landings Friday, forcing flights at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to be diverted to other runways in what officials are calling a rare ev...
May 22, 2015 8:09 pm
Hoping to stir up leads in the disturbing attack of a disabled Deerfield Beach woman, the Broward Sheriff's Office on Friday released a sketch of the chilling mask one of the attackers wore.
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