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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
Apr 25, 2015 4:03 am
TAMPA -- Forget about Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. Perhaps the question the Buccaneers really need to be asking themselves as the 2015 NFL draft draws near is whether they should bother spending ...
Apr 25, 2015 4:02 am
TALLAHASSEE -- Half-gallon "growlers" are closer to going under brewery taps across Florida. The House on Friday joined the Senate in supporting the end of the state's prohibition on brewers...
Apr 25, 2015 4:01 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- When Dick Greco married Linda McClintock 20 years ago, he joked with friends that he needed someone to care for him as he grew older. McClintock is, after all, over two decades youn...
Apr 25, 2015 3:54 am
The returns of Drew Smyly and James Loney Jr. was just what the doctor ordered for the Rays as they unload on the Toronto Blue Jays 12-3.
Apr 25, 2015 3:42 am
INDIANAPOLIS -- The superintendent of an Indiana school district where a stage collapsed, injuring 16 high school students when they plunged an orchestra pit, said Friday that the section that gave wa...
Apr 25, 2015 3:37 am
HONOLULU -- A Hawaii fisherman is missing again, just a few months after surviving 12 days lost at sea. Ron Ingraham was rescued in December after putting out a mayday on Thanksgiving saying he was in...
Apr 25, 2015 3:15 am
HONOLULU -- A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor. The bill would prevent adolescents from ...
Apr 25, 2015 3:13 am
Starbucks says a sales register computer glitch disrupted sales at company-operated stores in the United States and Canada Friday evening. The company apologized to customers for the inconvenience and...
Apr 25, 2015 3:07 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- 1B James Loney returned to the lineup Friday after missing 15 games with a mild right oblique strain and made his presence felt almost immediately with a two-run homer in his second ...
Apr 25, 2015 2:57 am
BRANDON -- The goal Ben Bishop scored on Thursday won't exactly show up on his career highlight tape. But Bishop made sure to go back and look at the goal he put into his own net during the second per...
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
Apr 24, 2015 10:24 pm
When Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to a 911 call prompted by a resident's beeping carbon monoxide detector, paramedics found an unconscious man inside a townhome and a car running in the garag...
Apr 24, 2015 9:26 pm
This city is getting tough on lawn-mowing slackers. It will no longer tolerate 2-foot tall grass.
Apr 24, 2015 9:08 pm
NFL fullback Brian Piccolo, whose early death from cancer was the subject of the tear-jerker TV movie Brian's Song, first made his name as a Fort Lauderdale football star.
Apr 24, 2015 8:47 pm
Alan Cohen, former top boss in Sunrise, has landed a new job with Broward County .
Apr 24, 2015 7:29 pm
The location has been changed for a community meeting for District 3 generally the areas of Westwood, Spring Lake Village and Kings Point.
Apr 24, 2015 6:56 pm
With just one week left in the legislative session, these bills appear to be dead: Guns in schools and on college campuses, allowing adoption agencies the right to turn away gay couples, limiting whic...
Apr 24, 2015 6:26 pm
A robber wearing a hooded knee-length raincoat held up a bank on Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach late Friday morning.
Apr 24, 2015 5:56 pm
An up-the-skirt shoplifter struck at a Weston Radio Shack and sauntered away with more than $1,000 worth of electronics stuffed under her floral frock, authorities say.
Apr 24, 2015 5:50 pm
Got a battery-operated SunPass? If you haven't replaced it already, your time to do so is running out.
Apr 24, 2015 5:27 pm
Two visitors from Ohio who were walking near the beach in Fort Lauderdale were seriously injured after being struck by a car Thursday night.
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