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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).
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
Dec 9, 2013 8:19 am
Photos are compiled from daily booking, inmate, and active warrants search from the St Johns County Sheriff's Office, Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Columbia County Sheriff's Office websites. Photos ...
Dec 8, 2013 4:54 pm
A Jacksonville neighborhood banded together to make a difference for underprivileged children Sunday.
Dec 8, 2013 2:41 pm
A woman was charged with child cruelty after she allegedly choked and hit her daughter early Saturday morning for getting a "D" on her school progress report.
Dec 8, 2013 1:27 pm
One man was seriously injured and another is missing after the boat they were riding in collided with a buoy Saturday morning.
Dec 8, 2013 9:56 am
When Lionsgate Films contacted Tom Warriner almost two years ago about the herd of black Friesians he oversees at the Grand Oaks Resort and Museum in southern Marion County, he never thought two of th...
Dec 8, 2013 9:19 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Starting this Sunday with some patchy dense fog. Very low visibility in some area. That should burn off by about 10 in the morning.
Dec 8, 2013 12:39 am
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Creeks Outlaws peewee football team is two wins away from winning the Pop Warner Super Bowl.
Dec 7, 2013 5:08 pm
Mayor Alvin Brown urged youngsters to stay healthy Saturday morning.
Dec 6, 2013 11:50 pm
A Jacksonville woman is sexually assaulted just days before Thanksgiving. And while JSO investigates her case,there's a local group doing their part they say t
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Dec 9, 2013 7:04 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A species of cockroach native to Asia that has been seen crawling around an outdoor tourist destination in New York City can survive the city's often brutal winters, according to ...
Dec 9, 2013 6:41 pm
Police arrested a Miramar man for illegally transporting 278 gallons of gas in the cab and bed of his truck.
Dec 9, 2013 6:33 pm
United Airlines loses title as world's largest airlineAmerican Airlines parent AMR Corp. and US Airways Group Inc. officially announced their merger Monday, creating the world’s largest airl...
Dec 9, 2013 4:41 pm
Facebook may add a "sympathize" button for all the times you want to show support for something you don't actually "like," the Huffington Post reports.  ...
Dec 9, 2013 3:41 pm
A massive winter storm that drove parts of the southern United States into a deep freeze over the weekend kept a tight grip on the region on Monday while bitter temperatures, snow and ice spread throu...
Dec 9, 2013 1:51 pm
Walmart is offering Black Friday-like deals for Green Monday.
Dec 9, 2013 12:59 pm
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - With hymns and eulogies, South Africans of all colors and creeds remembered Nelson Mandela in a day of prayers on Sunday, holding him up as a symbol of freedom, forgiveness an...
Dec 9, 2013 12:59 pm
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - More than 70 leaders from across the world, some of them locked in enmity, are flying to South Africa for memorials to Nelson Mandela that will hail one of humanity's great pe...
Dec 9, 2013 10:33 am
An estimated 30,000 motorcyclists completed a 20-mile ride via blocked-off highways and under a police escort Sunday in the 26th annual Toys in the Sun Run. ...
Dec 9, 2013 5:20 am
JOHANNESBURG undefined8212; South Africa will expand Nelson Mandela's memorial service to cater for at least 200,000 people, more than first planned, as ordinary citizens to heads of state clamor to p...
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