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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 1, 2015 7:10 pm
TAMPA - There are productive weekends. There are memorable moments. Then there's the next level, the buzzworthy performances registered by University of South Florida baseball player Buddy Putnam and ...
Apr 1, 2015 6:43 pm
TAMPA - Inventing new products is only the beginning of an entrepreneur's journey. Getting those products in front of investors and potential customers is a huge next step. Nearly two dozen Tampa-area...
Apr 1, 2015 6:29 pm
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist who founded the world-famous Crystal Cathedral megachurch, is ailing and could be in his final days, his daught...
Apr 1, 2015 6:22 pm
LOS ANGELES -- Joni Mitchell was in intensive care in a Los Angeles-area hospital on Tuesday, according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. "Jon...
Apr 1, 2015 5:01 pm
A Tampa man escaped injury Wednesday morning when his car was struck by a train in Zephyrhills, the Florida Highway Patrol said. At 9:48 a.m., a 2011 Cadillac was heading west on Melrose Avenue and...
Apr 1, 2015 3:02 pm
TAMPA -- One of the things coaches and scouts look for the most at a pro day workout is whether a prospect has made any progress toward correcting some of the flaws previously detected in his game. ...
Apr 1, 2015 2:09 pm
The FSU QB finds his groove and shows leadership skills during a long workout attended by GM Jason Licht, head Lovie Smith and others from the Bucs. Licht says Winston was "outstanding."
Apr 1, 2015 2:02 pm
PORT CHARLOTTE -- Who is the closer? Maybe the question should be: Who's not? The Tampa Bay Rays enter the regular season with six relievers on their active roster who have totaled 164 career saves, t...
Apr 1, 2015 1:58 pm
ST. PETERSBURG -- The final draft of the plan that will shape and guide the future development of the city's downtown waterfront will be on public display Wednesday and Thursday. The six design distri...
Apr 1, 2015 1:56 pm
TAMPA -- All he wanted Tuesday morning was a bagel and an hour to relax between his classes and shifts at two minimum-wage jobs, but University of South Florida student Casey Hamilton left campus with...
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 1, 2015 6:15 pm
Yes, Mark Bogen has been on the County Commission since January.
Apr 1, 2015 6:06 pm
A multi-agency search remains underway Wednesday for a 44-year-old Boca Raton man who vanished at sea, authorities say.
Apr 1, 2015 5:24 pm
The City Commission signed off on an $8.1 million parking garage plan Wednesday.
Apr 1, 2015 4:52 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE For nearly 30 years, water taxis have plied the waterways here. Now they may be sharing the road with water buses.
Apr 1, 2015 3:50 pm
A Pompano Beach insurance agent has been arrested for selling fake policies to military veterans' families, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced Wednesday.
Apr 1, 2015 11:10 am
This art is for a good cause.
Apr 1, 2015 2:21 am
The eastbound lanes of East Broward Boulevard will be closed between Federal Highway and Southeast Eighth Avenue for repairs until 6 a.m. Wednesday and again on Saturday.
Mar 31, 2015 11:08 pm
If you're looking for an excuse to leave work early and you work in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Thursday might be the day to do it.
Mar 31, 2015 9:45 pm
More than a year into Broward's reform of student discipline policies, fewer kids are being hauled away in handcuffs for minor offenses but more students are getting suspended.
Mar 31, 2015 9:26 pm
Sometimes, filling a child's mind requires filling their stomachs as well.
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