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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
May 27, 2015 7:22 pm
TAMPA --Law enforcement wants to enlist parents in the fight against child predators. On the heels of National Missing Children's Day, federal, state and local officials on Wednesday urged parents to ...
May 27, 2015 7:10 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE -- The child most seriously injured when a waterspout sent an inflatable bounce house flying over a Fort Lauderdale beach has been released from the hospital. The Sun Sentinel reports ...
May 27, 2015 7:03 pm
WASHINGTON -- The party that wins the impending Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama's health care law could be the political loser. If the Republican-backed challenge to the law's subsidi...
May 27, 2015 6:52 pm
PINELLAS PARK -- Chief Michael Haworth doesn't care if people think his police officers look ridiculous riding around on Segway scooters. He just hopes they will say so. Since taking over last month f...
May 27, 2015 6:36 pm
New bike lanes around Tampa are helping the city become more green in more ways than one. The 5-foot buffer lanes were recently installed on parts of Platt, Cleveland and Brorein streets to make biki...
May 27, 2015 6:16 pm
A man and woman celebrated Memorial Day by shoplifting a 60-inch television from a St. Petersburg Wal-mart, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. Surveillance video recorded the pair taking the t...
May 27, 2015 6:04 pm
The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season is shaping up to be another slow one, as NOAA predicts a 70 percent likelihood of six to 11 named storms, of which 3-6 could become hurricanes and 0-2 major hurrican...
May 27, 2015 5:01 pm
WASHINGTON -- Five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could move freely around the world next week as their one...
May 27, 2015 5:00 pm
WIMBERLEY, Texas -- More rain fell on Houston on Wednesday, threatening to complicate the cleanup after a long holiday weekend of storms and floods that left at least 17 dead and more than a dozen o...
May 27, 2015 4:43 pm
Three major exit ramps along Interstate 275 in downtown Tampa - including the exit to Clearwater and Tampa International Airport - will be closed tonight and Thursday night as construction continues 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
May 27, 2015 7:34 pm
The city is kicking off its 60th anniversary party on the exact day Saturday with story-telling, lawn games and a movie presentation.
May 27, 2015 7:27 pm
Tamarac mayor Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco was in trouble, locked in a tight three-way race, and was only able to win re-election through a cash infusion to her campaign by two developers seeking a favor ...
May 27, 2015 6:58 pm
Joining other weather teams, government forecasters on Wednesday called for a slower-than-normal hurricane season, adding fuel to the debate over whether the 20-year era of tropical intensity is final...
May 27, 2015 6:48 pm
A 19-year-old man is facing grand theft charges after he was seen stuffing rifles down his pants at a pawn shop in Davie, according to court records.
May 27, 2015 4:57 pm
Don't be alarmed by the 'disaster' happening Friday at a Fort Lauderdale wastewater treatment plant.
May 27, 2015 2:32 pm
The bank robber may have resembled the Grim Reaper, but no one was harmed during a holdup in Fort Lauderdale, the FBI said.
May 27, 2015 10:05 am
U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Lois Frankel are visiting some of the most troubled parts of Africa.
May 27, 2015 9:45 am
LAUDERHILL A sleeping man was jolted awake and slightly injured early Tuesday when a car slammed into a home and ended up inside his bedroom.
May 27, 2015 9:08 am
Over meatloaf, broiled fish and other assorted lunch entrees, a tightly-knit group of friends celebrated their common thread Tuesday: Participation in a war that ended 70 years ago.
May 26, 2015 11:18 pm
"Toxic" and "scum" are not words that the Chamber of Commerce likes to see associated with Florida's waterfront lifestyle.
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