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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

MOJAVE, Calif. -- A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere broke up during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery ...

 

TAMPA -- It's getting downright comfortable and convenient to hang around at the downtown Riverwalk. Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Bright House Network executives this week cut a ceremonial ribbon launching ...

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- Hollywood stars and famed ocean explorers are among those expected at a weeklong international film festival coming to the St. Petersburg waterfront next week. The Blue Ocean Film Fe...

 

TAMPA -- The red-light district burns bright at Amalie Arena tonight. With the Capitals visiting the Lightning for the only time this year, it's the lone opportunity to see the NHL's two premier goal ...

 

TAMPA -- On paper, it looked like an athletic, swarm-to-the-ball unit, one that would force turnovers and create havoc. The University of South Florida defense has enjoyed such moments this season, bu...

 

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Teen Arts, Sports and Culture Opportunities program is hosting its ninth annual Field of Screams Halloween event this weekend at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve Environmental Studi...

 

For lots of youngsters, being a patient in a hospital is scary enough, so the Halloween parade at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa was light on fearful faces, with rooms and corridors populat...

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- Candidates in Pinellas County's state House and state Senate districts have accepted millions from a broad spectrum of donors -- everything from individuals and small craft beer brew...

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- Dan Huber's running shoes beat a rhythmic path in the darkness, around Coffee Pot Bayou then south along Beach Drive through downtown St. Petersburg. The pre-dawn regimen, including ...

 
 

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

A section of Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale will be reduced to one lane next week as crews work to repair concrete.

 

A teen accused of violently snatching a woman's purse off her shoulder will be tried as an adult, court records show.

 

Julie Carlson said being cut off from the world and kept under heavy guard 200 miles from home as a juror in John Goodman's DUI manslaughter retrial was like nothing she's ever experienced.

 

A Cooper City man clocked some time in jail after he was caught selling counterfeit watches on Craigslist, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

 

A truck driver and his buddy who stole more than $470,000 worth of designer merchandise from his delivery route, then sold the items online, pleaded guilty to their crimes this week.

 

two masked men pulled a treat-free trick on an employee of The Check Cashing Store in Dania Beach, police say. They allegedly broke into the business through the roof and tried to rob the place on Hal...

 

The Hollywood Boulevard off-ramps from Florida's Turnpike will remain open this weekend.

 

A Broward County schools committee is recommending Lauderdale Lakes Commissioner Gloria Lewis be suspended from her teaching position for 10 days without pay for allegedly hitting a student in her cla...

 

A burglary suspect is being held without bond after leading police on a pursuit through Broward that saw him driving toward oncoming traffic at speeds of 100 mph after hitting an officer with his car,...

 

Count on beach-area roads to be more jammed than usual this weekend as more than 100,000 visitors head to the city's waterways for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

 
 

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