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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 Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune
Jul 31, 2014 6:31 pm
TAMPA - Tampa City Council declined to reopen debate on an elevated walkway - a skybridge - it approved last month as part of a new residential tower planned for Harbour Island. The bridge over Harbou...
Jul 31, 2014 6:28 pm
Jurors began deliberations this morning after receiving legal instructions from Circuit Judge William Fuente, who gave them information about the charges, including first-degree murder, kidnapping and...
Jul 31, 2014 6:10 pm
Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks for things to do in the Tampa this week from the costumed craziness of Comic Con to brews at the zoo durin...
Jul 31, 2014 5:43 pm
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. -- A Michigan man who has a rare genetic disorder that affects his facial features is suing former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and two others for mocking a selfie he posted online. ...
Jul 31, 2014 5:37 pm
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Kansas City Chiefs rookie Aaron Murray was tied up in meetings Monday night, at the same time millions of people, including a large group in Murray's hometown of Tampa, were tuning ...
Jul 31, 2014 5:28 pm
CAIRO -- Islamic hard-line militias claimed to have taken control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after defeating army units, taking over military barracks and seizing tanks, rockets and hun...
Jul 31, 2014 5:21 pm
Fourth-year pro Mason Foster hopes to join the list of big-name middle linebackers to excel in Lovie Smith's scheme.
Jul 31, 2014 4:35 pm
Tampa Bay Comic Con wants your help breaking a Guinness World Record on Friday at the Tampa Convention Center.
Jul 31, 2014 3:44 pm
The Oakland Athletics acquired left-hander Jon Lester along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday's trade deadline, a person with ...
Jul 31, 2014 2:50 pm
Marvel Studios has consistently dazzled since 2008, rolling out one superhero, comic book-based epic after another, but nothing quite like "Guardians of the Galaxy." The film, opening Friday...
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
May 11, 2014 8:07 am
Beautiful weather for The Final Round
May 10, 2014 11:41 pm
Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park
May 10, 2014 6:58 pm
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.     &...
May 10, 2014 6:46 pm
Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'
May 10, 2014 6:29 pm
Three boys are being questioned by officers after they were seen throwing homemade explosive devices in a Northside neighborhood.        ...
May 10, 2014 5:49 pm
A 29-year-old woman was dragged beneath a vehicle near Oceanway on Saturday.
May 10, 2014 12:44 pm
A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 8-year-old boy reported missing out of Miami, authorities said Saturday.       &...
May 10, 2014 12:13 pm
An investigation is ongoing after a car crashed into a Publix supermarket in North Naples
May 10, 2014 10:28 am
A Jacksonville man is in critical condition after his motorcycle hit another vehicle head-on Friday evening, authorities said.       &a...
May 9, 2014 11:56 pm
Parents can oppose what textbooks are used in their children's classrooms
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Jul 31, 2014 7:12 pm
Michael Kittredge, 25, facing chargesA limited edition James Bond lighter worth $1,800 was one of the items stolen when a burglar broke into an unlocked Mercedes Benz owned by a 36-year-old man, polic...
Jul 31, 2014 6:30 pm
A man burglarized five businesses on one block and burglarized another the next day, according to a Delray Beach Police news release.
Jul 31, 2014 6:06 pm
Tropical disturbance, 8 a.m Thursday
Jul 31, 2014 5:50 pm
A legal crackdown on the lionfish starts today, as state wildlife officials attempt to control the spread of these venomous, garishly adorned invaders from the Indian and Pacific oceans.
Jul 31, 2014 4:59 pm
Luann Alonso awoke with a fright when she heard a clacking noise outside the front door of her Coral Springs home.
Jul 31, 2014 4:59 pm
Dolphins coach shocked at least one player with knock on doorDAVIE – Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin revealed Tuesday that he’s personally done bed checks every night of training ...
Jul 31, 2014 4:08 pm
The second and final day of the lobster miniseason began Thursday with ideal diving conditions.
Jul 31, 2014 3:56 pm
-- Chris McCain just blasted Matt Hazel, who struggled to get up. Beast hit!
Jul 31, 2014 3:07 pm
Storm prognosticators Phil Klotzbach and William Gray are standing pat, still calling for a slower than normal hurricane season.
Jul 31, 2014 12:13 pm
For Nicole Nol and Chance Meyer, whose days play out under an unyielding specter of death, music has been a constant presence, life itself.
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