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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
Sep 23, 2014 6:41 pm
A Pasco man has been charged with extortion for threatening to release "intimate" photos of his ex-wife unless she terminated his delinquent child support and future payments, according to t...
Sep 23, 2014 6:18 pm
Massive medieval armies raiding castles, Minions from "Despicable Me," futuristic skyscrapers, a moving bullet train and an Elven outpost from J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth are only a few of...
Sep 23, 2014 5:55 pm
Authorities say a man who is suspected of killing his parents and setting their house on fire in New Hampshire is believed to be in the Tampa Bay area. St. Petersburg police and the U.S. Marshals Ser...
Sep 23, 2014 5:31 pm
A fire damaged a Palm Harbor church early Tuesday. Firefighters were called at 3:25 a.m. to Saints Raphael, Nicholas & Irene Hellenic Orthodox Church, 1010 Riviere Road, authorities said. Th...
Sep 23, 2014 5:09 pm
The attacks were ordered by Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, under authority granted by President Obama.
Sep 23, 2014 4:51 pm
As the Lightning get set to open the preseason tonight, Tampa Bay is hoping one of the team's top prospects is ready for the regular season. The Lightning announced Tuesday morning that Jonathan Droui...
Sep 23, 2014 4:50 pm
TAMPA -- The board of directors for the county's regional transit system approved a $65.8 million operating budget and an $18 million capital budget for 2015 with projected revenue of $2.1 million hig...
Sep 23, 2014 4:44 pm
Though the final decision to hit jihadi targets in Syria came from President Barack Obama, Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command, has the authority he needs to order strikes ag...
Sep 23, 2014 4:40 pm
Jeff Tedford, who underwent a heart procedure during the preseason, brought an up-tempo offense to Tampa Bay but has barely had a chance to run it.
Sep 23, 2014 4:35 pm
Paula Deen is ready to tell her side of the story behind the racist remark that decimated her career, but you'll need to pay to hear it. The former Food Network star has been working on a documentary ...
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
Sep 23, 2014 7:08 pm
The body of a man who was fully outfitted in diving gear was discovered Tuesday morning at the edge of the Atlantic ocean in John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, an official said.
Sep 23, 2014 6:27 pm
Florida Democrats have been delivering impassioned defenses of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, whose position on the national stage was depicted as precarious in a lengthy article critiq...
Sep 23, 2014 5:11 pm
It may qualify as the shortest police pursuit ever, beginning with a traffic stop and ending about a quarter-mile later with a rollover crash in the parking lot of the Hallandale Beach Police Departme...
Sep 23, 2014 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of Islamic State fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group...
Sep 23, 2014 4:36 pm
Expect a good chance of showers - maybe even a storm - by this afternoon, the result of easterly winds pushing tropical moisture over the region.
Sep 23, 2014 2:53 pm
A house in West Palm Beach has turned out to be a den of venomous snakes, guarded by a man who couldn't stop lying to a state wildlife officer.
Sep 23, 2014 2:52 pm
Mississippi Sweets BBQ
Sep 23, 2014 2:50 pm
Starbucks is testing out a beer-flavored latte said to resemble Guinness at select locations in Florida and Ohio, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Sep 23, 2014 1:30 pm
Miss America Kira Kazantsev has been accused of hazing sorority pledges during her time as a sister in Alpha Phi at Hofstra University, according to the Washington Post.
Sep 23, 2014 11:11 am
What a boob!
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