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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
Dec 21, 2014 5:22 am
Tampa, perhaps more than any American city, took an immediate hit from the Cuban embargo when the city's cigar makers were cut off from the island nation's tobacco.
Dec 21, 2014 4:59 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- Whether the Tampa Bay Rays stay at Tropicana Field or go elsewhere, one thing remains constant: the 85 acres of prime real estate the stadium occupies at the edge of a booming downto...
Dec 21, 2014 4:58 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- Construction cranes will remain a part of the downtown landscape well into next year as one of the biggest residential building booms in this city's history keeps going strong. Devel...
Dec 21, 2014 4:29 am
If you've missed the rally, you are not alone. Tucked away as it has been, deep inside this near season-long losing streak, it has been rather hard to detect.
Dec 21, 2014 4:21 am
TAMPA -- Another lost season, the 26th in Buccaneers history, is winding to a close. For many, that end cannot come soon enough. Don't count Bucs coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht amon...
Dec 21, 2014 4:15 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- St. Pete Makers made its public debut Saturday with an all-day festival featuring members' creations at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. Displays at the first St. Pete Maker Fes...
Dec 21, 2014 4:07 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- If you're planning to go out of town for the holidays, local law enforcement agencies don't want everyone to know. Those who will be away for a few days should take precautions to e...
Dec 21, 2014 4:07 am
TAMPA -- Even as he prepares to assume a new role, Ronald Ficarrotta loves being a criminal court judge. "It's real life," he says. He likes to drive that point home to visiting high school...
Dec 21, 2014 4:06 am
TAMPA -- At age 4, Frank Viveros left Colombia to join his father in New York City for a better life -- but one shrouded in secrecy because the family lived as illegal immigrants. Twenty-eight years l...
Dec 21, 2014 3:42 am
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Lightning were out-played, out-hustled and out-worked on Saturday. The only area in which Tampa Bay had the better run of play was in the goaltending position, and even that did...
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
Dec 21, 2014 4:24 am
Missing from discussions touched off by the epic changes coming in U.S.-Cuba relations was the bearded figure who stands as the constant center of 55 years of stalemate: Fidel Castro.
Dec 21, 2014 12:35 am
It was music to their ears as news spread that gay marriages could proceed in Florida with cheers erupting at the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida concert in Fort Lauderdale.
Dec 20, 2014 5:00 am
"Like many of you, our family was blessed with the opportunity to gather together over the recent Thanksgiving holidayWe shared good food and watched a whole lot of football. We also talked about...
Dec 20, 2014 1:32 am
Pembroke Pines police are searching for a teen who has been missing since Thursday afternoon.
Dec 20, 2014 1:00 am
In her 12 years as a Broward County circuit judge, Cynthia Imperato has heard numerous jury verdicts. But for the first time, Friday the verdict was about her.
Dec 19, 2014 9:45 pm
The armed robber might have worn a wig and carried a purse, but she was no lady. She was a he.
Dec 19, 2014 9:14 pm
Redevelopment has produced dramatic changes in the downtown skyline in recent decades and now the city is trying to bring new life to its smaller business corridors.
Dec 19, 2014 9:10 pm
A nursing home executive was arrested on suspicion of stealing $12,466 from a dementia patient in a Fort Lauderdale facility, the Florida attorney general's office said.
Dec 19, 2014 9:07 pm
Every second is critical in an emergency, yet thousands of callers to emergency 911 in Broward County still are forced to wait for help while their call is transferred to another dispatch center.
Dec 19, 2014 8:53 pm
For many, the constant din of rolling shopping carts brimming with donated toys on Friday was as sweet as the jolly Christmas carols brightening the mood.
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