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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
Oct 20, 2014 6:30 pm
It appears Bucs coach Lovie Smith must make a decision at quarterback with Josh McCown returning to practice, possibly opening the door for him to start over Mike Glennon on Sunday vs. Minnesota.
Oct 20, 2014 6:08 pm
As polling places opened Monday in some of Florida's biggest counties, Gov. Rick Scott said early voting would be crucial to winning. Residents in Pinellas, Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange and Duval can v...
Oct 20, 2014 5:59 pm
The new Studio Movie Grill at the University Mall will open its doors for business on Thursday at 5 p.m., the theater announced today. The upscale theater/restaurant, which is the 18th location for th...
Oct 20, 2014 5:49 pm
LONDON -- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed that their second baby is due in April -- the first time they've offered a month for the royal birth. Kensington Palace also said in a state...
Oct 20, 2014 5:46 pm
NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League has indefinitely suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov because of domestic violence charges. Police in the Los Angeles suburb of Redondo Beach rele...
Oct 20, 2014 5:36 pm
Both directions of South Manhattan Avenue in Tampa are closed between West Paul and West Price avenues while crews repair a water main leak. Tampa Water Department officials say northbound traffic is ...
Oct 20, 2014 5:09 pm
DETROIT-- A potential crisis over defective air bags widened Monday as the U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get their cars fixed. The inflator mechanisms in th...
Oct 20, 2014 4:38 pm
It was 1989 when Alan Jackson signed his first record deal. A pair of Grammys, 60 million albums sold and one museum exhibit later, and the country star is launching a 25th anniversary arena tour. T...
Oct 20, 2014 3:55 pm
NEW YORK -- At 69, Bob Seger says he's ready to hit the road again: He's scaled back smoking and bicycles 10 miles a day as part of a workout routine. "I think I'm in pretty good shape," Seg...
Oct 20, 2014 3:46 pm
TAMPA - James Harkness dripped with sweat as he sipped an energy drink. The Orlando resident had just finished his fourth bicycle polo game of the day Sunday at Tampa's first Cyclovia event, during wh...
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
Oct 20, 2014 7:12 pm
A man suffered severe burns after the boat he was on caught fire early Monday, officials said.
Oct 20, 2014 6:57 pm
Kim Rothstein will have to wait a little longer to finally be rid of her Ponzi schemer husband — and the "Mrs. Scott Rothstein" moniker.
Oct 20, 2014 6:24 pm
The head of the troubled department that serves special needs students in Broward County is stepping down.
Oct 20, 2014 5:49 pm
Convicted killer James Herard will learn on Friday whether he will get the death penalty for the November 2008 murder of Eric Jean-Pierre in Lauderhill.
Oct 20, 2014 5:47 pm
The Broward County School Board plans to join a statewide trend of opposing high-stakes testing.
Oct 20, 2014 4:22 pm
Police are investigating the discovery of a man's body found Monday morning behind a Shell gas station on Sunrise Boulevard.
Oct 20, 2014 3:09 pm
After attempting to break into a Verizon Store in Coral Springs late Saturday night, a man led police on a 5-mile chase into Tamarac, where he crashed into a police cruiser and two cars, police said S...
Oct 20, 2014 2:20 pm
A Giants-Royals World Series might not seem like the most appealing matchup for South Florida baseball fans. Yet plenty of Broward County aficionados will be tuned in, following a couple of native son...
Oct 20, 2014 1:04 pm
As toll booths disappear from Florida's Turnpike, so apparently is the demand for the kitschy shirts worn by attendants since 1999.
Oct 20, 2014 12:30 pm
Sunrise-based national medical group Mednax announced Monday the acquisition of a women's and newborn care practice in Texas.
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