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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 -- Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell went into last weekend leading the league in total yards from scrimmage. A big afternoon for the Buccaneers defense and a big night for Cowboys RB Demarco Murray chan...

 

DALLAS -- The time to shine is now. As the start of the regular season begins to peek above the horizon, the final week of preparation for some means the difference between sticking around in the Suns...

 

NEW PORT RICHEY -- Louise Gritmon and Gene Foy had not yet moved into their New Port Richey home when they got a rude welcome from Pasco County Utilities: a water bill for $3,386. Over an 18-day perio...

 

Federal health officials on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S., a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas.

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon had a meeting scheduled for Tuesday afternoon where, as Friedman said, they and other members of the Tampa Bay Rays front office would perform the auto...

 

DALLAS - Tampa Bay rolled into the final week of the preseason with a dominant 5-1 victory against Dallas at American Airlines Center on Tuesday. Richard Panik, Nikita Kucherov, J.T. Brown, Brett Conn...

 

TAMPA -- When it comes to judging his quarterbacks, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith doesn't concern himself too much with what they've done lately. He's more concerned with what they do late. "You j...

 

Coming off the first win of the Lovie Smith era, the Bucs venture into the Superdome, where the Saints have gone 8-0 in two of the past three years. Mike Glennon is expected to start at QB for Tampa B...

 

LARGO -- State lawmakers promised a series of new regulations Tuesday to curb Duke Energy's controversial billing practices and make the utility more accountable to its Florida customers. A growing ou...

 

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - A New York boy and his cat, a principal and her dog - and lasers. They all came together in teenager Draven Rodriguez's senior portrait, which ended up with him holding his cat, Mr...

 
 

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 and woman were found dead Tuesday night outside an apartment building in Sunrise, officials said. Police are investigating the possible cause of the deaths.

 

Homeowners will pay the same fire fee and a lower tax rate next year thanks to rising property values.

 

Staffers of CareGivers of America in Lauderhill were supposed to have been on a conference call Tuesday morning, but their meeting room was vacant when a red Honda sedan crashed through the building's...

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States, officials said Tuesday.

 

A Fort Lauderdale middle school is getting caught up in a shark frenzy.

 

Jack Englund says he wanted to bring a safe-sex message to his classmates at Dr. Phillips High School on Tuesday. So he dressed up as Trojan Man for a school spirit "character day," wearing ...

 

South Florida Sun Sentinel's website launched on Tuesday with a complete redesign optimized for reading on tablets, smart phones and desktop computers.

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to punish broadcasters for using the moniker of the Washington NFL team, the Redskins, a word many consider a slur t...

 

The death threat seemed so real that a seasoned police sergeant became "hysterical" and "terrified," walked around her house with her gun in her hand, and had her house checked on ...

 

There's no place like home, but the Broward County Fair doesn't have one.

 
 

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