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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
May 25, 2013 12:25 am
This week we are recognizing our $5,000 Hero Next Door Student Scholarship Winner Kelsey Harrison!
May 24, 2013 11:37 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The grandparents of a nine-month-old child were arrested Friday after the child was pulled out of a car parked at a Winn-Dixie on Argyle Forest Boulevard.
May 24, 2013 11:08 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As droves of people hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, we're taking a look at the dangers of towing trailers.
May 24, 2013 10:38 pm
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Five people had to swim to a nearby island after the boat they were on started sinking near the Matanzas Inlet Friday night.
May 24, 2013 10:36 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A new military communications satellite has been launched into space.
May 24, 2013 6:28 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Gene Mathis 75, said he looks for strength and comfort in a place where many find them, his bible.
May 24, 2013 6:19 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The fiercely debated decision and compromise to allow gay Boy Scouts among the membership but not Scout leaders has mixed reactions around the First Coast.
May 24, 2013 5:39 pm
Are you staying or leaving the First Coast for Memorial Day weekend? Let us know by voting in our poll!
May 24, 2013 5:29 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First for you we're partnering with the red Cross to bring you an emergency preparedness guide to get you ready for Hurricane Season.
May 24, 2013 5:04 pm
Christian Smith has been with the American Red Cross for 19 years, and tells us what you need to know in case you have to stay at a shelter.
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
May 25, 2013 3:40 am
For the first 47 minutes, Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals was one of the great nights on a great stage watching the game's greatest player at his finest. And then came the 48th minute. And LeB...
May 25, 2013 3:28 am
LeBron James gave it everything. And still more was required.
May 25, 2013 12:16 am
May 24, 2013 11:34 pm
A 25-year-old man is accused of raping a 6-year-old girl and covering up the assault by telling the child's mother that blood she saw on a bed and on her daughter's clothes came from an injured cat, a...
May 24, 2013 11:23 pm
It's a traffic enforcement technique that's a half-century old, but until you're nabbed by a "bear in the air," you may never know it exists.
May 24, 2013 11:12 pm
Mastering trivia has helped Boca Raton lawyer Scott Singer clean up on not one, but two, brain-busting TV game shows — to the tune of $100,000.
May 24, 2013 10:48 pm
The lawsuits keep coming against missing Boca Raton attorney Timothy McCabe, with the latest arising from his law firm's relationship with what federal authorities allege was a web of South Florida bu...
May 24, 2013 10:22 pm
Fearing that liquor and convenience stores are a breeding ground for crime in the heart of the city's northwest community, officials may permanently ban new ones from opening in the area. &am...
May 24, 2013 10:15 pm
Mark David Molinksi, 48, had outstanding warrant, deputies sayA disabled Boca Raton man held up a metal cane, pointed it like a gun, and shouted "boom!" after a deputy asked him to move, acc...
May 24, 2013 10:07 pm
A police officer accused of masturbating in front of a woman at a gas station resigned days after the allegation surfaced last year.
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