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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

It appears Bucs coach Lovie Smith must make a decision at quarterback with Josh McCown returning to practice, possibly opening the door for him to start over Mike Glennon on Sunday vs. Minnesota.

 

As polling places opened Monday in some of Florida's biggest counties, Gov. Rick Scott said early voting would be crucial to winning. Residents in Pinellas, Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange and Duval can v...

 

The new Studio Movie Grill at the University Mall will open its doors for business on Thursday at 5 p.m., the theater announced today. The upscale theater/restaurant, which is the 18th location for th...

 

LONDON -- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed that their second baby is due in April -- the first time they've offered a month for the royal birth. Kensington Palace also said in a state...

 

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League has indefinitely suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov because of domestic violence charges. Police in the Los Angeles suburb of Redondo Beach rele...

 

Both directions of South Manhattan Avenue in Tampa are closed between West Paul and West Price avenues while crews repair a water main leak. Tampa Water Department officials say northbound traffic is ...

 

DETROIT-- A potential crisis over defective air bags widened Monday as the U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get their cars fixed. The inflator mechanisms in th...

 

It was 1989 when Alan Jackson signed his first record deal. A pair of Grammys, 60 million albums sold and one museum exhibit later, and the country star is launching a 25th anniversary arena tour. T...

 

NEW YORK -- At 69, Bob Seger says he's ready to hit the road again: He's scaled back smoking and bicycles 10 miles a day as part of a workout routine. "I think I'm in pretty good shape," Seg...

 

TAMPA - James Harkness dripped with sweat as he sipped an energy drink. The Orlando resident had just finished his fourth bicycle polo game of the day Sunday at Tampa's first Cyclovia event, during wh...

 
 

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 man suffered severe burns after the boat he was on caught fire early Monday, officials said.

 

Kim Rothstein will have to wait a little longer to finally be rid of her Ponzi schemer husband — and the "Mrs. Scott Rothstein" moniker.

 

The head of the troubled department that serves special needs students in Broward County is stepping down.

 

Convicted killer James Herard will learn on Friday whether he will get the death penalty for the November 2008 murder of Eric Jean-Pierre in Lauderhill.

 

The Broward County School Board plans to join a statewide trend of opposing high-stakes testing.

 

Police are investigating the discovery of a man's body found Monday morning behind a Shell gas station on Sunrise Boulevard.

 

After attempting to break into a Verizon Store in Coral Springs late Saturday night, a man led police on a 5-mile chase into Tamarac, where he crashed into a police cruiser and two cars, police said S...

 

A Giants-Royals World Series might not seem like the most appealing matchup for South Florida baseball fans. Yet plenty of Broward County aficionados will be tuned in, following a couple of native son...

 

As toll booths disappear from Florida's Turnpike, so apparently is the demand for the kitschy shirts worn by attendants since 1999.

 

Sunrise-based national medical group Mednax announced Monday the acquisition of a women's and newborn care practice in Texas.

 
 

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