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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
May 22, 2015 7:03 pm
ST. PETERSBURG -- In another attempt to end the deadlock over Tropicana Field, city leaders and the Tampa Bay Rays want to partner in a study on how the Trop site could be redeveloped without a baseba...
May 22, 2015 6:46 pm
Rights to distribute "The Infiltrator," the major motion picture filmed partially in Tampa and starring Bryan Cranston, were acquired by a company new to the business during the Cannes Film ...
May 22, 2015 5:56 pm
NEW ORLEANS -- A fire broke out Friday on an oil platform storing some 168,000 gallons of crude off Louisiana's coast, forcing the evacuation of 28 workers, the Coast Guard said. The workers were evac...
May 22, 2015 5:54 pm
Some of the biggest, most boisterous crowds this Memorial Day weekend will be skipping out on the beach entirely and heading offshore for a good time.
May 22, 2015 5:17 pm
MONTREAL -- Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, signed a two-year contract Friday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league. Alouettes general manager Jim Po...
May 22, 2015 4:57 pm
A naked man who had been swimming in a Fort Lauderdale river was rescued after he got stranded atop a raised rail drawbridge. Witnesses said the unidentified man was walking across the railroad bridge...
May 22, 2015 4:48 pm
A Boynton Beach woman's yearslong battle against her child's father over the 4-year-old's circumcision ended Friday with her agreeing to the procedure in exchange for her release from the Palm Beach C...
May 22, 2015 4:41 pm
TALLAHASSEE - Children will now be able to secretly record people who rape them under a bill signed by Gov. Rick Scott. Scott signed the bill Friday, a day after a man was acquitted in the rape of his...
May 22, 2015 4:27 pm
Eric Ward took the oath of office this morning during a ceremony at police headquarters, a day after city council unanimously approved his appointment. The 26-year veteran of the force replaces Jane C...
May 22, 2015 3:58 pm
TAMPA -- After scoring 24 goals during the regular season, Lightning RW Ryan Callahan enters Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday still looking for his first playoff goal. Callahan admits...
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
May 22, 2015 7:33 pm
The FBI is searching for the man who robbed a Chase Bank in Davie.
May 22, 2015 7:29 pm
South Florida's colleges are pledging to better serve veterans so that their pursuit of education doesn't become another battle.
May 22, 2015 6:59 pm
Plan on having a hot time this holiday weekend - but if you go to the beach, beware of dangerous rip currents.
May 22, 2015 6:41 pm
The nose gear on a small plane collapsed after landing Friday, forcing planes at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to be diverted to other runways.
May 22, 2015 6:09 pm
A naked man who became trapped 80-feet in the air on a six-foot square metal platform atop a raised railroad drawbridge in sweltering heat for more than two hours Friday was rescued by a pair of Fort ...
May 22, 2015 6:05 pm
Want to light up at a Tri-Rail station? Soon you'll have to do it in a designated area of the platform.
May 22, 2015 10:57 am
For compulsive gamblers seeking treatment, Florida is an unfortunate place to be.
May 22, 2015 10:54 am
As old buildings come down and new ones go up, some residents fear nothing will stop valuable pieces of the city's history from falling victim to the wrecking ball.
May 22, 2015 8:11 am
A South Florida-based sweepstakes fraud that bilked about $28 million from hundreds of thousands of victims around the world has been shut down with the arrests of four local men, federal authorities ...
May 22, 2015 5:56 am
Federal prosecutors say a Davie accountant used her income tax preparation business to file fraudulent claims, launder money and steal from her clients and Uncle Sam.
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