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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
Oct 23, 2014 4:02 am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Salvador Perez and the pesky Kansas City Royals fought back from a Game 1 flop to beat the San Francisco Giants' brilliant bullpen and even the World Series. Perez broke Game 2 ope...
Oct 23, 2014 3:59 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- Students never are too young to begin learning a foreign language, Pinellas school officials said Tuesday -- even if they're just starting to read and write in their native tongue. A...
Oct 23, 2014 3:58 am
TAMPA -- Mayor Bob Buckhorn joined Tampa police officials Wednesday in breaking ground on a firearms training center the department has done without for more than 20 years. "They're going to get ...
Oct 23, 2014 3:58 am
DUNEDIN -- The moderate Democrat who represents North Pinellas County in the Florida House faces a challenge from a young Republican running for the first time in a general election. State Rep. Carl &...
Oct 23, 2014 3:57 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority leaders expected a tough political battle when they decided to back a sales tax increase to pay for an overhaul of the county's transportation net...
Oct 23, 2014 3:52 am
TAMPA -- Early voting begins today in Hillsborough County and Saturday in Pasco County for the Nov. 4 general election. Early voting began Monday in Pinellas County. In Hillsborough, you can vote earl...
Oct 23, 2014 3:24 am
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 50 years ago, scientists found bones of two large, powerful dinosaur arms in Mongolia and figured they had discovered a fearsome critter with killer claws. Now scientists have fou...
Oct 23, 2014 3:02 am
Pasco County Sheriff's Office closed Interstate 75 this evening after a vehicle crash. All northbound lanes of I-75 at mile marker 287 were closed. By 11 p.m., though, one northbound lane had been op...
Oct 23, 2014 2:32 am
WASHINGTON -- A maverick Republican senator's annual report on billions of dollars of what he has dubbed government waste, released Wednesday, criticizes things ranging from missile defenses and unnee...
Oct 23, 2014 2:23 am
LOS ANGELES - Slava Voynov's attorney says the Los Angeles Kings defenseman never hit his girlfriend, and blames Voynov's arrest on a misunderstanding caused partly by the couple's limited ability to ...
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
Oct 23, 2014 1:02 am
A 1-year-old girl was taken to the hospital Wednesday evening after she was found floating in a Miramar pool.
Oct 22, 2014 9:24 pm
Fort Lauderdale commissioners ended a marathon meeting early Wednesday by giving final approval to new restrictions on where and how charitable groups can feed the homeless in the city.
Oct 22, 2014 8:52 pm
The great barracuda, a coastal predator known for needle-sharp teeth and a speed to match the fastest U.S. destroyers, has become harder to find in South Florida.
Oct 22, 2014 7:39 pm
Fort Lauderdale's effort to control tidal flooding on the isle communities off Las Olas Boulevard is receiving a $700,000 boost from the state.
Oct 22, 2014 2:39 pm
A proposed luxury high-rise condominium along the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale won commission support early Wednesday — if the developer can work with the lower height limit comm...
Oct 22, 2014 2:27 pm
Expect more showers and storms today, courtesy of the disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico.
Oct 22, 2014 1:17 pm
It's taken 100 years, but a mystery Torah will be completed in a public ceremony.
Oct 22, 2014 4:00 am
Plantation General Hospital is inching closer to moving away from its namesake city.
Oct 22, 2014 4:00 am
Ask anyone about South Florida's weather and they'll tell you it is either hot, or hotter.
Oct 22, 2014 1:09 am
South Florida school districts voiced their support this month for the contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
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