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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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TAMPA - When the three-day-long NFL draft finally reached its conclusion on Saturday afternoon, one of the more notable players wearing the pewter and red of Tampa Bay was not a player the Buccaneers ...

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays closed out April on Saturday night with a win that typified the month, which is to say it wasn't easy. It took a gutty effort by a starting pitcher, who didn't receive much ...

 

TAMPA - You do realize, by now, that Feb. 29, 2016, might go down as a great day in Lightning history? That was the day of the NHL trade deadline - the day that Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman...

 

TAMPA - It was clear to all who saw her Saturday night that Ariel Zavala is growing into an unquestioningly beautiful woman. Dressed in a floor-length red skirt, black mesh top and perfectly styled ha...

 

TAMPA - When Nigerian-born Caleb Benenoch first asked his mother to sign him up to play football, she was all in favor of it because she thought she was signing him up to play soccer. Benenoch thought...

 

TAMPA -- Consistent lines have not been a trademark of this Lightning season. Injuries and poor play have forced head coach Jon Cooper to move players around, even in the playoffs. Not even the magic ...

 

The Lightning rebounded from a tough opening series game against the New York Islanders and responded with a 4-1 victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal and even up the series at a game ...

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- A lefty started Saturday night for the Blue Jays, and you know what that means: Tim Beckham received a rare start at shortstop. It was only the seventh game Beckham has played this s...

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A Confederate monument will be removed from a spot near the University of Louisville campus where it has stood since 1895. The stone monument honoring Kentuckians who died for the C...

 

NFC SOUTH TAMPA BAY: GM Jason Licht wasn't afraid to massage the draft board, emerging with perhaps the three best prospects at their respective positions in CB Vernon Hargreaves, DE Noah Spence and K...

 
 

South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel

Scholars from across the nation are in Beaufort discussing the first capital of colonial Spanish Florida, which was in South Carolina, not Florida. This month marks the 450th anniversary of the foundi...

 

Florida's job growth is slowing down although the state's unemployment rate still dipped slightly. State officials say Florida's unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in March. That's lower than th...

 

Five "Fantasy 5" tickets had all five winning numbers to each earn a jackpot of $46,008.15 each. The Florida Lottery said Friday that two of the winning tickets were purchased Miami and the ...

 

They are the land mines of the sea, killing long after being forgotten. Abandoned or lost fishing gear, including traps, crab pots and nets, litter the ocean floor in coastal areas around the world. M...

 

The barefoot farmer oversees three teenage workers as they attack weeds with spades in a sunbaked field of peanut plants, a vital cash crop often grown on Haiti's marginal farmland. If he's lucky, Fra...

 

Construction on the southern end of the SunRail system is underway in central Florida. The project to expand the commuter rail into Osceola County began in April and will be complete in 2018. The Orla...

 

A South Florida police officer is accused of inappropriately touching two boys. The Broward Sheriff's Office arrested Coconut Creek police officer Daniel Rush on Thursday. He's charged with custodial ...

 

A Cuban law that bars anyone born on the island from returning by ship is discriminatory and should be eliminated, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday. Kerry said the policy discriminates agai...

 

Officials say dozens of dogs have been rescued from a house fire in Dania Beach. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles tells local media outlets that at least 34 dogs were pulled out of t...

 

More than 30 dogs were rescued from a fire at what authorities in South Florida called a hoarder house. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Michael Jachles told The Associated Press the fire was rep...

 
 

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