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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 -- Beleaguered defensive lineman Da'Quan Bowers has no illusions about his status with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One day after coach Lovie Smith suggested Bowers could be cut as a result of a na...

 

DADE CITY -- Stopped trains that block traffic for hours in Dade City may be a thing of the past. In the future, if a train has to stop in town for an extended period, CSX Transportation Inc. has inst...

 

TAMPA - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are making good on their promise to continue trying to build their talent base at the guard position. On Thursday, the team traded safety Kelcie McCray to the Kansas C...

 

PLANT CITY -- The city of Tampa's public works and utility services administrator has been selected as Plant City's new city manager. Mike Herr has been with the city of Tampa for a little more than t...

 

Rather than rely solely on gamblers playing slot machines, the casino is revamping huge parts of the property and its service to attract the ultra-high-roller gamblers, particularly from Asia.

 

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks for things to do in Tampa from wearable art to tailgating in downtown. AT THE MOVIES Now Playing "S...

 

Discovery's "Shark Week" might be over, but a goliath grouper extended the show. In a video posted to YouTube, the sea creature eats a 4-foot shark in one bite. The video was posted by YouTu...

 

The two aid workers who were infected with the virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital. Their release poses no public health risk, a doctor says.

 

The temperature in Tampa might be inching up toward 100 degrees, but autumn is right around the corner in many places, so Starbucks is moving up the launch date of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. The only c...

 

ST. PETERSBURG - David Price is back. You might have heard. Price makes his first start this afternoon against his former team just 21 days after the trade that sent him to the Tigers for right-hander...

 
 

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

Two men were arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office after deputies said they stole a car, burglarized a house and then pawned off the electronics at a nearby pawn shop.

 

With model guidance shifting to the right, the tropical disturbance in the Atlantic now could aim for the Bahamas by early next week - possibly as a tropical storm.

 

A day after releasing its NFL franchise value rankings, Forbes revealed its Top 10 list of best fans in the league.

 

Vicinitas Cancer Care, a spin-off from the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, is launching in Boca Raton and expects to create 200 new jobs over five years, the Business Development Board of Palm Be...

 

ROYAL PALM BEACH -- The Assistant Principal at Royal Palm Beach High School has been stabbed. School board officials tell us it happened while she was trying to break up a fight between students off c...

 

Students at a Pembroke Pines middle school were asked not to bring backpacks or book bags to classes on Thursday after a threatening message was emailed to a teacher.

 

WOW! Get a colorful iPhone 5C for 97 cents at Walmart!

 

South Florida businesses have become more upbeat about the economy this summer and are "very optimistic for the remainder of the year," according to an analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank...

 

With Election Day fast approaching, there’s much ado about campaign signs outside City Hall, at least the ones held by volunteers.

 

Nationwide, 34.7 million Americans will spend Labor Day away from homeMore Floridians will spend the Labor Day holiday weekend away from home this year, according to a travel forecast released Thursda...

 
 

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