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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).

 

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News from Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA -- The last thing Lovie Smith wanted to do in his first year as coach of the Buccaneers was to get off to the kind of start that made 2013 the last year of the Greg Schiano era. Yet here he is, ...

 

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Ending months of vote-related tension, Afghanistan's election commission named a new president on Sunday only hours after the two leading candidates signed a power-sharing deal t...

 

TIRANA, Albania -- Pope Francis called Sunday for Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who "pervert" religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held u...

 

WASHINGTON -- The man accused of getting inside the White House after scaling a fence is a veteran who was awarded a medal for his service in Iraq and retired due to disability, the Army said Sunday. ...

 

The Associated Press SARASOTA -- Dozens of electric car owners and enthusiasts marked National Drive Electric Week with a celebration in Sarasota. The Bradenton Herald reports that about 50 electric-...

 

PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION, -- The Florida Panhandle city long known as "The Cradle of Naval Aviation," is celebrating 100 years of training the Navy's top pilots. Pensacola Naval Air Stati...

 

Deputies say a woman in Bradenton was accidently shot in the head. The woman and John Turbeville, 59, told the Manatee County Sheriff's Office they were getting ready to play golf. Turbeville removed ...

 

The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- It's time for flu vaccine again and while it's important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids...

 

EL PASO, Texas -- More than 700 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital over the past year by an employee recently diagnosed with the illness, health officials said Friday...

 

PARIS -- French authorities have filed preliminary charges against five people, including a sister and brother, suspected of belonging to a ring specialized in recruiting young female fighters for the...

 
 

News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV

Beautiful weather for The Final Round         

 

Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park         

 

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.     &...

 

Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'         

 

Three boys are being questioned by officers after they were seen throwing homemade explosive devices in a Northside neighborhood.       &nbsp...

 

A 29-year-old woman was dragged beneath a vehicle near Oceanway on Saturday.         

 

A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 8-year-old boy reported missing out of Miami, authorities said Saturday.        &...

 

An investigation is ongoing after a car crashed into a Publix supermarket in North Naples         

 

A Jacksonville man is in critical condition after his motorcycle hit another vehicle head-on Friday evening, authorities said.        &a...

 

Parents can oppose what textbooks are used in their children's classrooms         

 
 

South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel

Q: Can signs be put up warning drivers not to block the intersections of Davie Boulevard at Andrews Avenue and Southwest Fourth Avenue adjacent to the Florida East Coast Railway crossing? Rush hour tr...

 

AP Capstone is a new college-level course for high school students in its first year in Broward schools.Many Florida students have mastered the art of answering questions on standardized exams. But ca...

 

The Secret Service on Saturday launched a security review to learn how a man carrying a knife was able to get inside the front door of the White House on Friday night after jumping a fence and sprinti...

 

LINCOLN — For the better part of three quarters, Miami managed to keep pace with its old rival.

 

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State felt the true toll of Jameis Winston's latest off-field mistake Saturday night

 

The Miami Marlins hung around the playoff picture after losing their ace Jose Fernandez in May and when their biggest bat, Giancarlo Stanton, was lost last week.

 

FLL neighbors pleasantly surprised, but worst may be yet to come She didn't want this noisy new neighbor, but Lynne Favrot went out to greet it anyway on Thursday evening.

 

The heat of summer has scarcely slipped away, but displays of startling power — the kind that peak on Oct. 31 — are being built and are almost ready to be unleashed.

 

About 14,000 years ago, modern humans roamed to South Florida and lived side by side with mammoths, mastodons and saber-tooth tigers.

 

The Florida governor's race could turn on the turnout of various pockets of voters. No bloc is going un-courted as the candidates pull out all the stops to eke out a few more votes from pivotal demogr...

 
 

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