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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

BALTIMORE - Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier talked before Monday's game about how easy it is to rob home runs at Camden Yards with the stadium's seven-foot high wall from left field to r...

 

Tampa may have a centuries-old connection to Cuba through its cigar industry and freedom fighter Jos Mart, but St. Petersburg has a mayor willing to travel there. Hanging in the balance may be where C...

 

FRESNO, Calif. - A 62-year-old hiker missing for nine days in California's rugged Sierra Nevada with a broken leg endured freezing nighttime temperatures and crawled two days for water before getting ...

 

TAMPA -- The Florida football depth chart for Saturday's opener with New Mexico State tells all. Starting quarterback: Will Grier or Treon Harris. And away we go in the McElwain era. Are we back to th...

 

GAINESVILLE -- Entering his third season at the University of Florida, Vernon Hargreaves III is widely regarded as college football's best defensive back, and he has the credentials to prove it. A pre...

 

NEW YORK - Janet Jackson exposed a breast on national television a decade ago, and it sparked national outrage. Miley Cyrus' flash barely caused a shrug. Cyrus' exposure came near the end of Sunday's ...

 

TAMPA -- Though he won't be the one making the final call, Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter probably answered the question of whether Jameis Winston will play in the team's final preseaso...

 

DAMASCUS, Syria - A satellite image on Monday shows that the main building of the ancient Temple of Bel in the Syrian city of Palmyra has been destroyed, a United Nations agency said. The image was ta...

 

ST. PETERSBURG - Buying buses isn't as easy as it used to be. The PSTA staff and board members found that out this past week as a $3.6 million proposal to purchase seven 40-foot diesel buses, cleaner ...

 

TAMPA -- Last year's state-mandated exams are a distant memory for Florida high school students who already are a week into preparation for a new year of testing. Yet students, teachers, administrato...

 
 

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

Hundreds of Black Lives Matter activists, black and white, marched outside the Minnesota State Fair this weekend, hoping to bring attention to the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police. ...

 

A deputy fearing for his life shot a man who authorities say had been stalking a female wrestler, wounding him Monday outside a World Wrestling Entertainment training facility in central Florida, auth...

 

Florida's Guardian ad Litem program is giving nearly 1,000 suitcases to foster children.

 

Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida and the University of Florida are partnering to open an Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

 

Orlando tourism officials say the start of flights between Orlando International Airport and Dubai should tap new markets of tourists in the Middle East and Asia.

 

Weather forecasters say Fred was the easternmost hurricane known to have formed in the Atlantic tropics, and the first to actually pass over the Cape Verde Islands as a hurricane.

 

Florida-based company NextEra Energy is defending its plans to acquire Hawaiian Electric, saying that it is committed to Hawaii's renewable energy goals.

 

A Miami man is facing charges after authorities say he passed out in his car at a central Florida KFC drive-thru.

 

A South Carolina mother who drove her three children into the Daytona Beach surf last year is being moved from a state psychiatric center to a South Florida medical center as part of a conditional rel...

 

Authorities say a Tampa Bay area school bus carrying 33 students rear-ended a car.

 
 

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