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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
Sep 2, 2015 4:04 am
Texts and tweets between teachers and students is sensitive territory for many school districts, so the Hillsborough County School Board hopes some changes it's making will clear up confusion and stil...
Sep 2, 2015 2:29 am
BALTIMORE -- J.P. Arencibia had himself a night. Drew Smyly wasn't bad, either. Together, they helped the Tampa Bay Rays roll to another victory against the Baltimore Orioles, this one an 11-2 victory...
Sep 2, 2015 2:25 am
TAMPA -- Unlike some of their recent predecessors, the 2015 Buccaneers are not suffering from any type of identity crisis. On the defensive side of the ball, at least, they know exactly what they want...
Sep 2, 2015 2:14 am
TAMPA -- Throughout his nine seasons as head coach of the Chicago Bears, Lovie Smith walked into NFL stadiums knowing his special teams units were among the league's best. But now, on the brink of Tam...
Sep 2, 2015 2:08 am
TAMPA -- A Buccaneers team already replete with former Bears players might be on the cusp of adding yet another member of the team Lovie Smith coached before returning to Tampa last year. Two-time Pro...
Sep 2, 2015 1:40 am
History. It's a familiar concept for Florida State University's football program, which makes a habit of registering jaw-dropping milestones. FSU is coming off a two-season 27-1 run. It included a nat...
Sep 2, 2015 1:28 am
TAMPA -- Three years after implementing a policy to deter students from transferring for athletic purposes, the Hillsborough County School District is still straightening out problems with the rule. ...
Sep 2, 2015 1:16 am
Associated Press MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Invoking "God's authority," a county clerk denied marriage licenses to gay couples again Tuesday in direct defiance of the federal courts, and vowed not to ...
Sep 2, 2015 1:06 am
Associated Press VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis is applying his vision of a merciful church to women who have had abortions, easing their path toward forgiveness and saying he realizes some felt they ha...
Sep 2, 2015 1:05 am
Associated Press FOX LAKE, Ill. -- Police in helicopters, with dogs and armed with rifles were conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois on Tuesday after an officer was fatally shot while purs...
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
Sep 2, 2015 7:26 am
Vice President Joe Biden is headed to Florida, where he's sure to get a glimpse of his presidential prospects as he considers a late entry into the 2016 Democratic primaries.
Sep 2, 2015 7:23 am
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush escalated his feud with Donald Trump on Tuesday, betting big he can re-energize his stalled campaign by challenging the billionaire businessman head on.
Sep 2, 2015 7:23 am
Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is scheduled to visit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico this week, his staff said Tuesday.
Sep 2, 2015 7:08 am
The treetop homes on Terra Ceia Bay all have grand views of sunsets while the residents there feast on seafood and rear their young.
Sep 2, 2015 7:07 am
Officials in St. Augustine want the University of Florida to help the city prepare for the effects of rising sea levels.
Sep 2, 2015 7:07 am
The telecommunications company now responsible for providing phone and Internet service to the state of Florida is raising questions about a major new contract awarded to a rival vendor.
Sep 2, 2015 7:00 am
Tropical Storm Fred is moving farther away from the Cape Verde Islands and is expected to weaken.
Sep 2, 2015 7:00 am
Six tigers and four other exotic animals seized by Ohio officials from their owner in January have been moved from a temporary holding facility to animal sanctuaries in three other states, the Ohio De...
Sep 1, 2015 9:58 pm
Vacation-filled August is typically one of the worst months for any politician to raise money. But it was Ben Carson's best yet.
Sep 1, 2015 9:51 pm
Florida Healthy Kids Corporation is blaming President Obama's health care law after notifying parents that health insurance premiums will increase for thousands of kids starting next month, jumping fr...
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