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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 -- After 10 years as superintendent, MaryEllen Elia bid farewell to her employees Thursday, wrapping up three decades with a school district that has grown into the nation's eighth-largest. Elia...

 

TAMPA -- The NFL calendar officially flips to 2015 with the start of free agency. A three-day negotiating period begins Saturday, allowing teams and prospective free agents to begin the matchmaking pr...

 

TAMPA -- Beginning, middle and the end. The Lightning continue to try find consistency in all three phases of their game. On Thursday, two out of three was good enough to defeat the Toronto Maple Leaf...

 

An official says Harrison Ford crash-landed his vintage airplane at a Los Angeles golf course. He suffered moderate injuries.

 

WASHINGTON -- The government will examine thousands of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails for public release -- and for possible security lapses -- after revelations she used a private account to conduct...

 

With a Thursday night performance of "Macbeth," Tampa rejoined the list of major cities offering free open-air presentations of Shakespeare's works. The Tampa Shakespeare Festival runs thro...

 

TAMPA -- A $5,500 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in Wednesday's horrific animal abuse case in which someone shot a dog twice and tied her to the railroad tracks. Polic...

 

It's no secret to frequent Walt Disney World visitors that Soarin' at Epcot and Toy Story Mania! at Disney's Hollywood Studios have long been the hardest rides to get on. Waits can be as long as two h...

 

Cut for a cure The Rays will hold their annual "Cut for a Cure" event Friday to raise money and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Players, coaches and staff will have their head...

 

SEOUL, South Korea - The U.S. ambassador to South Korea struggled with pain as he recovered Friday from a knife attack, while police searched the offices of the anti-U.S. activist who they say slashed...

 
 

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

A 43-year-old woman was taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon after the car she was driving left the road and crashed into a Fort Lauderdale business.

 

Police on Thursday released photos of two unidentified men wanted for questioning in connection with a fight at a gentlemen's club in Lauderhill.

 

Nearly 180 flights into and out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport were canceled or delayed Thursday because of snowy weather and a runway mishap at a New York airport.

 

The climate phenomenon called El Nio has arrived for the first time in five years, and with it could come a decrease in the upcoming season's risk of hurricanes.

 

In an apparent attempt to have his cake and eat it too, Miramar police say Orville Arson Massop sold a van to a 73-year-old man and then falsely reported it stolen.

 

As part of the ongoing observance of Broward County's Centennial, the Broward Sheriff's Office will be hosting the Uniting Broward Community Showcase on Saturday at Markham Park in Sunrise.

 

Even if you're pooped out, don't forget to bring a puppy pouch when you take doggy out for a walk.

 

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's hazmat team was dispatched Thursday morning to a two-alarm fire at a warehouse whose roof is at risk of collapse in Opa-locka.

 
 

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