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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
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WASHINGTON - Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants' future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, U.S. lawmakers say. Without offer...
Sep 1, 2014 5:31 pm
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Sep 1, 2014 4:58 pm
An avalanche of private photos allegedly showing actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and Brie Larson, model Kate Upton, U.S. soccer star Hope Solo, and dozens of other celebrities in various st...
Sep 1, 2014 2:58 pm
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Sep 1, 2014 2:42 pm
NEW YORK - Among the stories David Muir will introduce during his first week as ABC's "World News" anchor is one he reported about a generation of Syrian refugees missing out on an education...
Sep 1, 2014 2:38 pm
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Sep 1, 2014 2:33 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel...
Sep 1, 2014 2:30 pm
PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and - watched by officials as they spoke - c...
Sep 1, 2014 1:51 pm
Try to get your outdoor Labor Day fun in early, because storms will move across the Tampa Bay area this afternoon, WFLA-TV meteorologist Leigh Spann said. Storms will begin to develop around 2 p.m. i...
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
May 11, 2014 8:07 am
Beautiful weather for The Final Round
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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.
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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
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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
Sep 1, 2014 4:00 am
Q: I know it's been discussed before and rejected to extend University Drive into Palm Beach County and connect it to Palmetto Park Road. Since they are developing the wedge, are plans back on the tab...
Aug 31, 2014 4:11 pm
New coin expected to be popularCoin collectors, nature lovers and anyone with change in their pockets soon will discover a new quarter featuring a long-necked anhinga spreading its wings in semitropic...
Aug 31, 2014 3:05 pm
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Aug 31, 2014 2:06 pm
Women make gains, but many workers have stagnant payWorking hard but still struggling to get ahead?
Aug 31, 2014 12:54 pm
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) -Joan Rivers remains unconscious since being rushed to a New York hospital on Thursday morning, according to ABC News.
Aug 31, 2014 11:45 am
You won't have to work hard to score big savings with my Labor Day weekend roundup of freebies, coupons and deals on fun things to do around South Florida.
Aug 31, 2014 4:00 am
Monday marks the official end of fun in the sun.
Aug 31, 2014 4:00 am
As students return to campus at Lynn University in Boca Raton , they may notice there's a lot more of them.
Aug 31, 2014 3:24 am
A federal decision to protect an unprecedented variety of corals found in South Florida could affect beach restoration work, coastal development, channel dredging and fishing.
Aug 31, 2014 3:19 am
Eric Brody's family sued by former law and PR firmsWho would sue a brain-damaged man whose life was ruined when a speeding cop plowed into his car 16 years ago? His former law and PR firms, naturally....
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