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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 24, 2014 4:05 am
DENVER -- Emmanuel Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week. Manning and Sanders connected f...
Oct 24, 2014 3:44 am
If the lime green facade and provocative abbreviation -- "WTF" -- can bring in the crowds, the owners of the new Wow That's Fresh restaurant hope the food will keep them coming back. "I...
Oct 24, 2014 3:44 am
TAMPA -- Teddy Bridgewater couldn't outrun his skeptics last spring. Despite throwing 31 touchdown passes and only four interceptions at Louisville as a junior before declaring for the NFL draft, Brid...
Oct 24, 2014 3:42 am
LARGO -- For voters in Florida House District 66, the question of which candidate to have represent them in Tallahassee comes down to one question: whether they like the way things are going up there....
Oct 24, 2014 3:42 am
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- On the ice at Canada Olympic Park, training home of Hockey Canada in Calgary, the Lightning looked to get a little dirty offensively. In a somewhat surprising early season develo...
Oct 24, 2014 3:41 am
TAMPA - When University of South Florida freshman running back Marlon Mack opened his career with a 275-yard, four-touchdown performance against Western Carolina, there were questions. Was it a fluke?...
Oct 24, 2014 3:21 am
FREDERICK, Md. - An airplane and a helicopter collided in the air near a Maryland airport before crashing into a line of trees and a self-storage business Thursday afternoon, killing three people but ...
Oct 24, 2014 3:20 am
NEW YORK - An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, becoming the first case in the city and the fourth...
Oct 24, 2014 2:06 am
Troops and families at MacDill Air Force Base are being advised to downplay references to their military connections on social media because of online threats by Islamic State and other groups.
Oct 24, 2014 1:42 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- Next school year, students at several Pinellas County high schools will plan their own school days. The local school district will be among 10 throughout the nation receiving a "...
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 24, 2014 2:16 am
As the John Goodman DUI manslaughter retrial began winding down its second week, the defense Thursday offered yet more testimony to counter the allegations the Wellington polo club founder drove while...
Oct 24, 2014 12:23 am
Barry Greenfield is getting back the class ring he lost 40 years ago, but he's more intrigued by the man who held on to it that entire time with the hope of finding the ring's owner.
Oct 23, 2014 11:04 pm
As an Ebola scare sweeps the world, Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue officials assured the public that they're ready for it and have been for years. "Fort Lauderdale is prepared,'' Deputy Fire Chief ...
Oct 23, 2014 10:39 pm
A gunman was left spouting apologies after police said he shot an accomplice during an attempted drug ripoff. He shot his victim as well — and a nearby car.
Oct 23, 2014 9:52 pm
A man was taken into custody after a standoff during which shots reportedly were fired, police said Thursday.
Oct 23, 2014 9:36 pm
Charlie Crist and Gov. Rick Scott are blanketing Broward County, in a last-ditch effort to get their supporters to vote early.
Oct 23, 2014 9:26 pm
A 47-year-old man is accused of sexually abusing two teenage boys in his Davie home.
Oct 23, 2014 9:07 pm
Two years after activists tried to go around City Hall to keep a building from being knocked down, the city is creating its first preservation board to stop it from happening again.
Oct 23, 2014 8:58 pm
A Sunrise man pleaded guilty to weapons charges Thursday, admitting he illegally sold guns in South Florida parking lots.
Oct 23, 2014 7:48 pm
Thinking of heading to the Broward County Fair this year? Don't ask for directions just yet.
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