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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
Mar 3, 2015 7:13 pm
TAMPA -- Today's city elections could be on pace - or should that be off pace - for the lowest turnout in decades. As of noon, 2,791 votes had been cast since 80 polling places opened at 7 a.m. Combi...
Mar 3, 2015 7:06 pm
WASHINGTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton used a personal email account during her time as secretary of state, rather than a government-issued email address, potentially hampering efforts to archive offici...
Mar 3, 2015 7:01 pm
In a speech that stirred political controversy in two countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that negotiations underway between Iran and the United States would ...
Mar 3, 2015 6:51 pm
TAMPA -- Injured D Matt Carle continues to practice and skate with the Tampa Bay Lightning, though he is still limited and continues to wear a red jersey that indicates he is still out. Carle hopes th...
Mar 3, 2015 5:46 pm
WASHINGTON -- In a major victory for President Barack Obama, the Republican-led House relented on Tuesday and will back legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budg...
Mar 3, 2015 5:28 pm
Almost a month ahead of the time when teams begin bringing prospects to their facility for in-depth interviews, the Bucs are talking with the Florida State quarterback at One Buc Place.
Mar 3, 2015 5:19 pm
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott kicked off the annual 60-day legislative session today by poking a little fun at himself. "Now it's time for another state of the state speech, or as I like to call...
Mar 3, 2015 4:15 pm
For the second day, some schools reported computer issues with the new Florida Standards Assessment test, even as the education commissioner notified districts that the problem that affected many coun...
Mar 3, 2015 3:19 pm
Traffic on the Pinellas Bayway in St. Pete Beach will be slowed possibly through Wednesday as crews repair a water main leak. Officials say a minor potable water main leak was discovered this morning ...
Mar 3, 2015 2:22 pm
Jordan Leopold has learned he's coming home, to the Minnesota Wild, and nobody could have been more delighted by the deal than the NHL player's 11-year-old daughter. Hours before the trade with the Co...
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
Mar 3, 2015 5:50 pm
If things had gone Nan Rich's way, she'd be in the governor's mansion right now. Instead, she's reduced to setting her sights on a County Commission seat, something she said just months ago that she &...
Mar 3, 2015 5:26 pm
Two gunmen stormed into a BP gas station and convenience store Tuesday morning, and fired several gunshots but may have left empty-handed as the clerk took cover in the protective booth surrounding th...
Mar 3, 2015 4:25 pm
State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart told school superintendents early Tuesday that the technical problems that marred the first day of the state's new online standardized exams Monday had been fi...
Mar 3, 2015 1:16 pm
The City of Weston and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue have received the highest public protection classification from the Insurance Services Office, rated as Class 1, officials announced.
Mar 3, 2015 12:34 pm
She won't be courted by lobbyists, voting on issues or shaping policy in the Florida Senate when the annual legislative session begins Tuesday.
Mar 3, 2015 11:54 am
FORT LAUDERDALE — City commissioners will have one more say Tuesday on the long-delayed relocation of a Broward County substance abuse treatment facility.
Mar 3, 2015 11:51 am
Trial for a former Broward County court bailiff accused of shackling his wife, holding her at gunpoint and sexually assaulting her on the day she asked for a divorce is slated to get underway Tuesday ...
Mar 3, 2015 7:16 am
Disastrous technical failures forced school districts across the state to temporarily pull the plug on the online component of Florida's new standardized test, which debuted Monday.
Mar 2, 2015 11:35 pm
Out-of-control pension costs will endanger Hollywood's bottom line for years to come unless City Hall embraces drastic reform, financial experts warned Monday.
Mar 2, 2015 9:59 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE — A city land swap could help divert beach traffic from Las Olas Boulevard to Sunrise Boulevard by creating more public parking further north on the beach.
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