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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
Apr 24, 2015 6:55 pm
Yet another multi-family housing project is in the works for downtown Tampa, as a South Florida developer is proposing to build a 272-unit complex across the street from the popular Oxford Exchange re...
Apr 24, 2015 6:24 pm
WESLEY CHAPEL - The developer of The Shops at Wiregrass is moving forward with plans for a second phase just east of the mall that would include more retail and luxury apartments. County planners alre...
Apr 24, 2015 6:15 pm
NEW YORK -- The Statue of Liberty is being evacuated, and New York City police say they're responding to a report of a suspicious package. The New York Police Department said Friday it had boats at th...
Apr 24, 2015 6:13 pm
St. Petersburg police are seeking the public's help in locating the suspect in a string of copper thefts in St. Petersburg. Police say the suspect stole the copper from air conditioning units at busin...
Apr 24, 2015 6:01 pm
NEW YORK - Commissioner Rob Manfred says Pete Rose will be allowed to participate in activities surrounding this summer's All-Star Game in his hometown of Cincinnati. Rose, baseball's career hits lead...
Apr 24, 2015 5:57 pm
Cleveland Street in Hyde Park will be close Sunday night as crews prepare to install a new water line. The roadway will be closed from South Willow Avenue to South Howard Avenue starting at 7 p.m., an...
Apr 24, 2015 5:47 pm
A University of Florida fraternity has expelled three of its members after allegations that they spat at a group of disabled military veterans at a Panama City resort. Zeta Beta Tau executive director...
Apr 24, 2015 5:41 pm
A fire at a Tampa battery recycling plant originated in a dust collector used in the smelting process, according to fire officials. Firefighters were called Thursday to the Gopher Resource battery rec...
Apr 24, 2015 5:14 pm
NEW YORK -- PepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer feedback and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda. The decision ...
Apr 24, 2015 5:06 pm
Celebrating the 30th season of In-the-Park productions, the American Stage Theatre Company will offer the biggest outdoor musical production in its history: "In the Heights." The 2008 Tony A...
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
Apr 24, 2015 6:56 pm
With just one week left in the legislative session, these bills appear to be dead: Guns in schools and on college campuses, allowing adoption agencies the right to turn away gay couples, limiting whic...
Apr 24, 2015 6:26 pm
A robber wearing a hooded knee-length raincoat held up a bank on Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach late Friday morning.
Apr 24, 2015 5:56 pm
An up-the-skirt shoplifter struck at a Weston Radio Shack and sauntered away with more than $1,000 worth of electronics stuffed under her floral frock, authorities say.
Apr 24, 2015 5:50 pm
Got a battery-operated SunPass? If you haven't replaced it already, your time to do so is running out.
Apr 24, 2015 5:27 pm
Two visitors from Ohio who were walking near the beach in Fort Lauderdale were seriously injured after being struck by a car Thursday night.
Apr 24, 2015 4:54 pm
The Broward school district is eliminating all of its 1,300 final course assessments this year in an effort to do away with over testing and growing frustration inside the classroom.
Apr 24, 2015 4:37 pm
Promoters of a national car race series have shifted gears to keep their proposed beachside event here from stalling out.
Apr 24, 2015 4:11 pm
One of the police officers under investigation for his role in the death of an unarmed man who was Tasered multiple times has asked for an extended leave of absence from the agency.
Apr 24, 2015 2:44 pm
Drivers on southbound Interstate 75 can't access northbound Florida's Turnpike yet.
Apr 24, 2015 9:59 am
This city is serving up a little something extra at its signature Seafood Festival this year: A snazzy, spruced-up oceanfront locale, seasoned with millions of dollars dedicated to beautification. ...
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