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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 Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
May 23, 2013 11:44 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the second time in a week, a fire broke out at a Bono's Pit Bar-B-Q restaurant.
May 23, 2013 8:05 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tonight, new details are emerging about the death of a high school senior in Glynn County.
May 23, 2013 6:51 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The new evidence filed in the case against George Zimmerman could be a tipping point in the case.
May 23, 2013 6:26 pm
VILANO BEACH, Fla. -- A Vilano Beach family says they always had at least a little glimmer of hope after their dog disappeared the day before Thanksgiving.
May 23, 2013 5:33 pm
Headed to the Jazz Festival downtown this weekend? Make sure you are aware of all the road closures through the area:
May 23, 2013 5:24 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A new Circuit Court Judge, Mallory Cooper, has been assigned Thursday to the case of the State of Florida vs. Michael Dunn, according to the State Attorney's Office.
May 23, 2013 5:05 pm
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- During your commute tomorrow expect delays as historical NASA items travel to Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum at the Keystone Heights Airport.
May 23, 2013 3:53 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Beginning Monday, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority's Riverside Trolley will no longer make its way into downtown.
May 23, 2013 3:46 pm
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating 37-year-old Adrian Lashuan Grisdor.
May 23, 2013 12:51 pm
MAYPORT, Fla. -- Local military members are back from a three month long mission. Sailors, Marines, Soldiers and Airmen on board the high speed vessel SWIFT returned to Mayport&...
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
May 24, 2013 4:00 am
Tow truck drivers are leaving misery in their exhaust fumes, operating in frequent and flagrant violation of a new Broward law meant to protect drivers from towing abuses, a Sun Sentinel investigation...
May 24, 2013 12:09 am
It's the yucky part of high school science classes – dissecting frog organs or slicing open a stretched-out earthworm.
May 24, 2013 12:06 am
The city's ongoing and costly beach restoration projects earned it the new titleAdd another title to the Most Fun Small Town in America: 'Best Restored Beach' for 2013. &a...
May 23, 2013 10:43 pm
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May 23, 2013 10:34 pm
GRAPEVINE, Texas — In a highly anticipated vote Thursday, the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on gay youth starting next year, the latest sign of a shift in American attitudes toward ga...
May 23, 2013 10:06 pm
The Dolphins have only produced one losing record in 12 seasons the team had a starting quarterback produce an 85-plus passer rating the past three decadesDuring this week's practice, Dolphins second-...
May 23, 2013 9:29 pm
South Florida reservists serving in Afghanistan got a dose of American culture every few weeks when they opened letters from sixth-grade students.
May 23, 2013 9:07 pm
Former Broward Sheriff's deputyMauryHernandezwill not go to trial next week on charges he tried to strangle his wife, an official with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office said Thursday. &a...
May 23, 2013 9:03 pm
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says with the schools police department would bring additional costs they are not ready to absorb.
May 23, 2013 8:50 pm
Stormy conditions thwarted a robbery planned for rolling film cameras Tuesday at a Boca Raton jewelry shop, but the outlook for show business in Palm Beach and Broward counties has never been brighter...
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