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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 Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
Mar 9, 2014 11:04 pm
Two teens were shot Sunday afternoon while standing on a Brentwood neighborhood sidewalk.
Mar 9, 2014 5:07 pm
For the 19th Year, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance will bring together some of the world's rarest cars
Mar 9, 2014 3:55 pm
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Mar 9, 2014 12:00 pm
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is searching for a man who stole a car and ran from officers Sunday morning.
Mar 9, 2014 9:44 am
Thousands of adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers paid money to risk their lives and run with the bulls.
Mar 9, 2014 9:25 am
A black man, moving from the back of the bus to its steering wheel, the man in charge - that was a powerful symbol in 1960 Jacksonville.
Mar 9, 2014 8:43 am
A pilot and parachutists are in the hospital after a flying accident Saturday in Mulberry.
Mar 8, 2014 5:55 pm
A 56-year-old man riding a moped on Main Street is said to be in critical condition after he was hit by a truck.
Mar 8, 2014 12:31 pm
Bikers are already roaring into Daytona Beach as Bike Week begins on Friday.
Mar 8, 2014 10:10 am
The New Orlando Gun show is mixed up in controversy after announcing George Zimmerman will be a featured guest.
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Mar 10, 2014 3:16 am
For Israel to remain a Jewish democracy, now is the time to return the country to its pre-1967 borders to create a non-militarized Palestinian state, a former director of the Israel's security agency ...
Mar 10, 2014 2:03 am
Goes wire-to-wire for third victory in his last 14 startsPatrick Reed knows what to do with a lead.
Mar 10, 2014 1:08 am
(Reuters) - A magnitude 6.0 quake hit in Oaxaca state in southwestern Mexico, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Sunday.
Mar 9, 2014 11:37 pm
KUALA LUMPUR/PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam, March 9 (Reuters) - Officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 239 people on board suspect it may have disintegrated in mid-f...
Mar 9, 2014 10:15 pm
The Chicago Bulls scored the first nine points of overtime, and LeBron James was kept off the free-throw line for the first time in more than four years as the Bulls sent the Heat to their third strai...
Mar 9, 2014 7:32 pm
NEW YORK, March 9 (Reuters) - Police in Massachusetts
Mar 9, 2014 6:36 pm
A 13-year-old boy suffered critical injuries Saturday afternoon when he fell off the back of a golf cart in the 2000 block of Greenbriar Boulevard, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office....
Mar 9, 2014 5:52 pm
Drivers finding themselves skidding on a slippery section of Interstate 95 in Palm Beach County will soon find better traction on their commutes.
Mar 9, 2014 5:50 pm
After getting raises, union refuses to cooperateA push to crack down on bad bus drivers who remain behind the wheel has hit a roadblock.
Mar 9, 2014 5:11 pm
Two-year-old twins pulled from the bottom of an apartment complex swimming pool remained in critical condition Sunday, according to police.
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