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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
Jul 5, 2015 7:07 pm
PENSACOLA - A group of Florida prisoners are training therapy dogs for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as part of a new program. Prisoners from the Blackwater River Correctional...
Jul 5, 2015 7:04 pm
DAYTONA BEACH -- Steven Rebenstorf has numerous flags flying atop his canopy tent inside Daytona International Speedway. The Confederate flag is front and center. It's been like that for years. And th...
Jul 5, 2015 7:02 pm
TAMPA -- First, Mark Beiro lost his sight. He could see when he went to bed July 11, 2003, in a hotel room 2,700 miles from home. But when he opened his eyes in the morning, all was a blur. Soon afte...
Jul 5, 2015 6:32 pm
TAMPA -- Hillsborough County government is on the hook for $143,000 because of accounting errors that led to a shortfall in a firefighters' union leave account. The account has been underfunded by ten...
Jul 5, 2015 5:57 pm
TAMPA -- It's been more than a year since the Florida Supreme Court lifted a decade-long moratorium on Internet access to court records, but the general public still can't look at most circuit or coun...
Jul 5, 2015 5:05 pm
SARASOTA -- A diver in Sarasota shot and seriously injured a fellow diver with a spear gun in what authorities are describing as an accident. The two spear fishers were underwater near the "twin...
Jul 5, 2015 3:39 pm
ST. PETERSBURG - City Councilman Steve Kornell moved into the Skyway Marina area 16 years ago, drawn by the quiet and diverse neighborhoods he discovered while working for the city's recreation depart...
Jul 5, 2015 3:38 pm
TAMPA -- It has probably been a decade or so since any local builders were willing to put up their own funds to build $1 million-plus homes with no contract for a buyer. Today, there are several such ...
Jul 5, 2015 2:14 pm
ORLANDO - The Crayola Experience attraction has opened in Orlando. The 70,000 square-foot facility located in Florida Mall opened this week, and is the second created by the crayons maker. It joins on...
Jul 5, 2015 2:11 pm
EMERALD ISLE, N.C. - A deck collapsed at a North Carolina beach house as a family got set to take a group photo, leaving at least 14 people injured with two of those in critical condition, authorities...
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
Jul 5, 2015 7:26 pm
Steven Rebenstorf has numerous flags flying atop his canopy tent inside Daytona International Speedway.
Jul 5, 2015 7:06 pm
Alongside the patriotic music and waving flags Saturday in parades across Iowa and New Hampshire were clear reminders of a presidential race coming up next year: Red balloons promoting "Jeb! 2016...
Jul 5, 2015 7:06 pm
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he is personally offended by rival Donald Trump's recent remarks about Mexico and immigrants and calls the remarks far outside the mainstream of Republi...
Jul 5, 2015 6:08 pm
A group of Florida prisoners are training therapy dogs for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as part of a new program.
Jul 5, 2015 4:33 pm
Authorities are ruling it an accident after a Florida diver shot and seriously injured a fellow diver in Sarasota.
Jul 5, 2015 4:21 pm
No one selected all five winning numbers in the "Fantasy 5" resulting in a rolldown.
Jul 5, 2015 3:24 pm
Authorities are investigating after a man was gunned down outside a hookah bar in southwest Florida.
Jul 5, 2015 2:52 pm
The largest Ferris wheel on the East Coast reopened Saturday, one day after 66 riders were stranded on The Orlando Eye and had to be evacuated from the towering 400-foot attraction.
Jul 5, 2015 2:23 pm
At 1-year-old, a wide-eyed, restless Joshua Tinoco faces the prospect of deportation to his native Honduras, one of tens of thousands of children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year.
Jul 5, 2015 2:13 pm
An officer and lifeguard are being hailed heroes after rescuing a man from nearly crowning after his canoe tipped over in Sarasota.
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