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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
Apr 23, 2014 3:03 pm
Weak front drifting
Apr 23, 2014 2:57 pm
An underground electrical fire caused widespread power outages and at least one evacuation on Wednesday.
Apr 23, 2014 2:17 pm
Columbia County High School is on lockdown, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
Apr 23, 2014 2:05 pm
The fight to finish breast cancer continues May 3 when runners and walkers of all levels are welcomed to experience a behind-the-scenes 5K route through THE PLAYERS Stadium Course.
Apr 23, 2014 12:55 pm
The issue stopping students from logging in and taking this year's Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test has been resolved
Apr 23, 2014 12:16 pm
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid recognizes Fair Housing Month with upcoming events
Apr 23, 2014 8:11 am
"Raise your Glass for the Fallen" hosted by the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation at Latitude 30
Apr 23, 2014 7:49 am
Earnie Polk, 43, said he and Joey Polk hooked an 11-foot, 805-pound shortfin mako shark off a Gulf Coast beach at about 10:30 p.m., and it took about an hour to bring the beast to shore.
Apr 23, 2014 7:17 am
One of the most permissive state gun laws in the nation, it will allow licensed owners to carry firearms into more public places than at any time in the past century, including bars and government bui...
Apr 23, 2014 6:43 am
The telecommunications giant announced that it was looking to expand its AT&T U-verse with GigaPowerSM service to 100 markets.
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Apr 23, 2014 6:04 pm
It's been 25 years since David Hasselhoff and company began running the beaches of Los Angeles County in red swimsuits.
Apr 23, 2014 5:07 pm
The specialty license plate spigot has been tightened in the last few years, but there are still drops getting through including two new plates on the road this year and at least four new potential pl...
Apr 23, 2014 4:22 pm
The Boca Raton Children's Museum will run out of money to pay its staff April 30 — and museum officials are scrambling to find a way to keep the doors open.
Apr 23, 2014 3:04 pm
A teen who was being booked into jail was found to have a loaded gun inside her body and now faces additional charges, according to an incident report obtained by The Smoking Gun.
Apr 23, 2014 3:01 pm
MIAMI (Reuters) - A Miami judge on Wednesday agreed to delay pop star Justin Bieber's trial until July 7 on charges stemming from the Canadian singer's January arrest when he was caught allegedly drag...
Apr 23, 2014 2:55 pm
Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers is a game-time decision for Wednesday's first-round Game 2 against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Apr 23, 2014 2:53 pm
A Royal Palm Beach man is accused exposing himself to a Victoria's Secret employee on Tuesday, according to Boynton Beach Police.
Apr 23, 2014 2:26 pm
The news visited the home of a man who works at a South Florida television station Wednesday morning when his SUV caught fire just steps from his townhome door – and also engulfed the van in...
Apr 23, 2014 2:12 pm
Broward County house prices will keep inching upward this year, but sellers looking for big paydays will have to keep expectations in check, analysts say.
Apr 23, 2014 1:52 pm
(Reuters) - Some HBO shows and the Internet streaming service HBO Go will be available next month to Amazon Prime customers, the companies said on Wednesday in a move that could lure customers away fr...
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