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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
Jul 22, 2014 6:57 pm
St. Petersburg police on Tuesday identified a homeless man whose body was found floating in the water near Municipal Marina a day earlier. No cause of death was given for 55-year-old Fred Williams Wa...
Jul 22, 2014 6:48 pm
ST. LOUIS -- Rookie right fielder Kevin Kiermaier was named the Tampa Bay Rays' winner of the 2014 Heart and Hustle Award from the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. Kiermaier created a...
Jul 22, 2014 6:45 pm
Regarding his remarks on Michael Sam, Tony Dungy says his drafting philosophy has been to minimize distractions, but a player's sexual orientation should never be a factor.
Jul 22, 2014 6:36 pm
NEW PORT RICHEY -- In an unprecedented show of frustration, two Pasco commissioners walked out on Commission Chairman Jack Mariano during Tuesday's board meeting. The revolt came after Mariano packed ...
Jul 22, 2014 6:10 pm
President Barack Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other today...
Jul 22, 2014 5:06 pm
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration is telling U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel after a Hamas rocket exploded nearby. The FAA said in a sta...
Jul 22, 2014 3:42 pm
IRBIL, Iraq -- Iraqi Christians who fled the northern city of Mosul under threat from Islamic extremists described on Tuesday leaving behind all their possessions, as signs emerged that the crackdown ...
Jul 22, 2014 3:30 pm
NEW YORK -- Nonprofit organization Goodwill Industries Inc. is working with federal officials to investigate a possible security breach. The Rockville, Maryland-based organization says it was contacte...
Jul 22, 2014 3:27 pm
CAIRO -- The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palesti...
Jul 22, 2014 2:26 pm
MacDill Air Force Base, the only military installation in the world home to two U.S. combatant commands, may be loved in the Tampa area, but it was tied for sixth best in the Air Force Times' ranking ...
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
Jul 22, 2014 7:06 pm
Police in Boca Raton said they found a woman sleeping in her car wearing only lingerie, and when they asked her to get out of her car, she tried to run over an officer.
Jul 22, 2014 5:28 pm
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Walt Disney World Resort has been dropping guests down an elevator shaft for 20 years.
Jul 22, 2014 5:17 pm
Chicago-based United Airlines is following rivals Delta and U.S. Airways in suspending flights to Tel Aviv until further notice.
Jul 22, 2014 5:17 pm
Police are still searching for suspects who shot an 80-year-old man in the leg just after midnight Tuesday.
Jul 22, 2014 2:56 pm
Tropical Depression Two sped up slightly as it continued west toward the Lesser Antilles. But conditions are not favorable for it to strengthen, according to an advisory from the National Hurricane Ce...
Jul 22, 2014 2:46 pm
Costs go up $2 millionRising pension and health care fees are costing Boynton Beach .
Jul 22, 2014 10:44 am
Cool off at Starbucks with $2 cold ones after 2 p.m. when you make a morning purchase at participating stores starting Tuesday.
Jul 22, 2014 9:41 am
Feature film set to shoot in Delray in August Delray Beach, get ready for your close-up. The city is set to star as the backdrop in a feature film called "After Midnight." The film is produc...
Jul 22, 2014 9:25 am
MIAMI (Reuters) - A judge in the Florida Keys on Monday rejected an emergency motion filed by a gay couple hoping to wed, effectively allowing Florida's same-sex marriage ban to remain in effect while...
Jul 22, 2014 9:11 am
Because of the moisture hanging around in South Florida's atmosphere, there's a good chance that Tuesday afternoon will bring another round of showers and thunderstorms.
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