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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
Apr 18, 2015 3:48 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Tampa Bay Rays returned Friday to Tropicana Field after a successful road trip. Problem was, Alex Rodriguez returned, too. The Yankees' designated hitter crashed the Rays' homeco...
Apr 18, 2015 3:39 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- RHP Alex Cobb (forearm strain) is scheduled to play catch today at 90 feet, and that's about all he knows when it comes to a timetable for his return. Cobb said Friday that he is thr...
Apr 18, 2015 3:35 am
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park will be host Saturday to a circus with a twist -- Cirque du Chill. The "circus arts" presentation is part of the annual Chillounge Night downtown and is a colla...
Apr 18, 2015 3:28 am
FRESNO, Calif. -- A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in Central California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 11 people, three of th...
Apr 18, 2015 3:21 am
TAMPA -- On Christmas Day, someone breaking into cars in Riverview hit the mother lode of weapons, body armor and ammunition. Stolen were a Colt rifle, Glock and Springfield pistols, bullets, Custom ...
Apr 18, 2015 2:38 am
NEW YORK -- Verizon is giving its customers more control over the channels they pay for as the cacophony of cord cutting reshapes cable TV. Large cable bundles laden with dozens of channels and big pr...
Apr 18, 2015 2:37 am
Television's longest-running variety show is calling it a wrap after 53 years. The Miami-based Univision network said Friday the popular "Sabado Gigante" will end its weekly broadcast on Sep...
Apr 18, 2015 2:36 am
LYNNWOOD, Wash. - A semitruck carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early today, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insec...
Apr 18, 2015 2:17 am
Publix supermarket employees on Friday painted rooms, did yard work and planted a garden at a Clearwater house owned by Fostering Hope Florida. The organization provides houses large enough to keep s...
Apr 18, 2015 2:01 am
TAMPA -- Attorneys for the Hillsborough County School Board and acting Superintendent Jeff Eakins finalized terms of a contract that paves the way for Eakins to officially become the school district's...
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
Apr 18, 2015 2:08 am
The Sawgrass Expressway's southbound off-ramp and northbound on-ramp at Oakland Park Boulevard will be closed around the clock this weekend for construction.
Apr 18, 2015 12:28 am
An Oakland Park man was arrested Thursday on accusations that he raped a woman after a night of drinking with family and friends at her Davie home.
Apr 18, 2015 12:27 am
Jurors in the civil suit that pits luxury brand Louis Vuitton against the owners of the Swap Shop flea market in a fight over designer fakes got their first chance Friday to hear from the multimillion...
Apr 17, 2015 11:11 pm
A personal watercraft and a boat crashed Friday afternoon in the Intracoastal in Hallandale Beach, sending a man to the hospital, officials said.
Apr 17, 2015 10:40 pm
City officials need more time to review plans for a proposed beachside car race and have not included the item on the City Commission's Tuesday agenda.
Apr 17, 2015 10:27 pm
A 36-year-old man is accused of burglarizing several cars in Tamarac and admitted to the break-ins after deputies showed him surveillance video in which the suspect identified himself, an arrest repor...
Apr 17, 2015 10:21 pm
One of Broward County 's smallest municipalities is poised to increase its population by one at least in the daytime.
Apr 17, 2015 9:57 pm
A Broward judge has set aside the verdict in a whistleblower suit against the Broward Sheriff's Office after a juror admitted she provided false information on a questionnaire during jury selection. ...
Apr 17, 2015 9:10 pm
A heavyweight Cadillac SUV driven by an 85-year-old man exploded into a dry cleaners Friday morning, injuring eight people, severing gas and water lines and forcing nearby merchants along with cats a...
Apr 17, 2015 8:23 pm
The public affairs channel C-SPAN is coming to town Monday as part of its 2015 Cities Tour that looks at the literary life and history of selected cities.
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