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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

TAMPA - Monsignor Laurence Higgins was said to be a pastor for the elite and powerful, and no doubt that is true. Rich folks and leaders need religion, too. But as comfortable the good monsignor was a...

 

The Tampa Sports Authority next month is scheduled to discuss the future of the Sunset Music Festival, the scene this spring of two ecstacy-related deaths and more than 50 ambulance runs to the hospit...

 

For the second straight year, Tampa City Council on Thursday will consider creating a new fee to pay for an ambitious plan to lessen the chronic street flooding residents see from a heavy summer thund...

 

Whether a new Citizens Review Board can improve relations between the Tampa Police Department and the community it serves hasn't really been tested during the board's first six months in operation. Th...

 

PLANT CITY -- In the second quarter of last week's preseason game at Riverview High, Plant City senior quarterback Corey King faced a third-and-long situation, took the snap, dropped back and sent a p...

 

Cornealous West remembers Sunday mornings growing up in Decatur, Ill. Each week, he and his siblings boarded a bus and headed for a local church. West looked forward to Sundays and not just because th...

 

♦ WHERE I ATE: Hungry Harry's Family Bar-B-Que, 3116 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes ♦ WHAT I ATE: The menu is typical barbecue, chicken, pork, ribs and be...

 

In 2002, Kendra Scott, a single mother with $500 dollars in her pocket, traveled door-to-door in Austin, Texas, selling her handmade jewelry. Her bold, colorful pieces gained popularity and she soon s...

 

In 2010, the Hyppo started serving a treat to help beat the St. Augustine heat: a variety of gourmet ice pops. Since then, they have expanded to eight stores across Florida, including one in Ybor City...

 

CARROLLWOOD -- Zombie chefs and women arising from the film Day of the Dead will take to the streets during the winter and spring parade season. But in between, the "foodies" of the new VooD...

 
 

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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