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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

PLANT CITY -- A 17-year-old Plant City High School junior was crowned Saturday as the new Florida Strawberry Festival queen. Samantha Sun, who aspires to be a physician, said she could scarcely believ...

 

TAMPA -- Top lines, third lines, skill and some grit. Successful teams like to see contributions from all those areas and more. But the key ingredient, the one aspect to glue it all together starts in...

 

SAN FRANCISCO -- Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died. Djerrasi died of complications of cancer Friday in his San Francisco home, Stanford Univer...

 

PHOENIX -- Legacies on the line, dynasties to be determined. When the AFC champion New England Patriots meet the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks in tonight's Super Bowl, a sense of history will hover ov...

 

TAMPA -- Whether their inventions are dummies for boxers to pummel or electronic mapping apps, people who say their ideas were stolen are turning to federal judges in the Middle District of Florida to...

 

TAMPA -- The threat of violence hung over Tampa in the days after Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba, but not for the reasons you might think. Crowds here were animated by their hatred for the dictator...

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- Beneath the glow of fluorescent lights in the Gibbs High School cafeteria, Police Chief Anthony Holloway tells his mostly black audience about the importance of communication and tru...

 

TAMPA -- As a divided Hillsborough County School Board got ready to cast votes the future of their nationally lauded school superintendent earlier this month, all eyes were on the one member considere...

 

One of my earliest memories is going with my Mom to the Kroger store in Worthington, Ohio, to return our empty Coke bottles for recycling. I can still hear the clink of the bottles as they rolled on a...

 

Insert a circle of life joke here -- "The Lion King" is returning to the Straz Center. Simba, Nala and Mufasa are part of a Tony Award-winning 2015-16 season that will fill Morsani Hall with...

 
 

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

Patrick Staropoli thought he would start 2015 with an agonizing decision: Quit medical school or give up his dream of becoming a NASCAR driver.

 

In Fred Fischer's 30-year career as a Broward County Transit bus driver, he's rarely had a quiet period. Fischer has charted a chaotic course of mayhem since he was hired at age 39.

 

The United States does not know how many fugitives are in Cuba.

 

Over two years of cleaning public restrooms in Broward County parks, the worst DaJuan Johnson ever had to deal with was catching a homeless person sleeping in a bathroom stall.

 

Lawmakers are looking to clamp down on the racing industry, filing bills that would require greyhound injuries be reported, tightening regulations, and increasing fines for the doping of animals.

 

Relatives and friends of a missing 51-year-old woman rallied Friday evening in Fort Lauderdale, not far from where she was last seen.

 

FORT LAUDERDALE – It turns out $108 million will only go so far when it comes to improvements to the city's central beach area.

 

Two 18-year-olds are accused of breaking into five Cooper City homes and stealing property worth an estimated $48,533, the Broward Sheriff's Office said Friday.

 

In less than two years, commuters might be able to take Tri-Rail all the way to downtown Miami without switching to Metrorail.

 

A self-defense course is being offered to Broward County women at Florida Atlantic University's Davie campus beginning Tuesday.

 
 

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