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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

WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights to Israel, which it had imposed out of concern over the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. The agency made i...

 

The arrival in January of Lovie Smith as the 10th head coach in Buccaneers history led to significant roster changes for 2014. All players - holdovers and plenty of new arrivals - are required to repo...

 

TAMPA -- This time last year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were a team awash in Pro Bowl-caliber talent and optimism. In that regard, at least, little has changed at One Buc Place during the past 12 month...

 

TAMPA - They may want to rock and roll all night and party every day. However, work, kids and age has caught up with the capacity crowd at the MidFlorida Credit Union Ampitheatre, causing many of us t...

 

NEW YORK -- An overflow crowd packed a church and sang songs on Wednesday at the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. Eric Garner's relativ...

 

CLEARWATER -- Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch wants the county to chip in on St. Petersburg's plan to install security cameras on a crime-plagued section of the Pinellas Trail. Following a spat...

 

TAMPA -- A national student veterans group is urging fellow military vets who are considering going back to school to avoid the Corinthian for-profit colleges, including Everest University campuses, w...

 

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott took part in a conference call Tuesday with top officials from President Barack Obama's administration to discuss the president's $3.7 billion plan to stem the flow of u...

 

DENVER -- A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional Wednesday, but he temporarily put the ruling on hold to give the state until next month to seek an appeal. Jud...

 

ST. PETERSBURG - Police are hoping the arrests of 20 people and massive fines levied on two retailers will send a clear message to anyone who may be inclined to buy, sell, distribute or smoke syntheti...

 
 

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

The United States lifted an almost two-day ban on flights to Israel ’s busiest airport, Bloomberg.com reported late Wednesday.

 

A man was jolted by lightning in Deerfield Beach on Wednesday, according to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue.

 

Veteran goalie Al Montoya, the first Cuban-American to play in the NHL, returns to his roots where he has lots of familyNothing goes together better than watching a Panthers hockey game and munching a...

 

An alligator bit a man's hand while he was diving for golf balls in a pond at Bonaventure Country Club on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

 

Students at 32 Broward County elementaries will be spending an extra hour in school each day, whether their parents like the idea or not.

 

The view from Ben's of Boca: Katz's right to sue South Florida upstart When I heard that a new South Florida delicatessen had gotten out of a pickle by agreeing to change its ill-chosen name to settle...

 

The primary election for one Broward County Commission seat will likely be moved to November, so that voters from all parties can have a say in choosing their next commissioner.

 

Marina rejoins Fort Lauderdale International Boat as its seventh location this yearMake room for more megayachts. Fort Lauderdale's Pier 66 Marina is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation that w...

 

Industrial development shouldn't spread west of Palm Beach County 's current dividing line between suburbia and sugarcane country, county commissioners decided Wednesday.

 

As foes raise fears of 'Big Choo Choo,' officials defend Miami-to-Orlando rail project The folks from All Aboard Florida wanted to set me on the right track. They were concerned with all the concerns ...

 
 

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