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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
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CORAL SPRINGS -- Two people have been injured after their small plane crashed off a busy South Florida highway. Coral Springs police did not release the conditions of the two injured in Sunday's plane...
Aug 30, 2015 7:36 pm
TAMPA -- When a bill that would have created a state task force dedicated to solving cold cases failed in committee earlier this year, sheriffs across Florida decided to strike out on their own. The ...
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TAMPA -- The whine of swarming mosquitoes was drowned out last week by the buzz of a twin-engine Piper Aztec. On Thursday, a Hillsborough County mosquito control plane flying at an altitude of 300 fee...
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HOUSTON - The man charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a uniformed suburban Houston sheriff's deputy will be arraigned this week, jail records show. Shannon J. Miles, who has a crimina...
Aug 30, 2015 5:46 pm
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News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
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Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park
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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.     &...
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Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'
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Three boys are being questioned by officers after they were seen throwing homemade explosive devices in a Northside neighborhood.        ...
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A 29-year-old woman was dragged beneath a vehicle near Oceanway on Saturday.
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A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 8-year-old boy reported missing out of Miami, authorities said Saturday.       &...
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An investigation is ongoing after a car crashed into a Publix supermarket in North Naples
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Parents can oppose what textbooks are used in their children's classrooms
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
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Law enforcement officials in six states are launching their 24th annual "Hands Across the Border" campaign aimed at catching motorists driving under the influence.
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Aug 30, 2015 5:09 pm
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Aug 30, 2015 5:09 pm
If there was ever a week for the Republican presidential candidates to talk tough on China, this was it. Spurred by the stock market's wild ride, they lashed out at the world's most populous nation. ...
Aug 30, 2015 4:32 pm
The South Florida company that owns the rights to the popular TV psychic "Miss Cleo" is suing General Mills alleging copyright infringement for hiring the psychic to promote its breakfast ce...
Aug 30, 2015 8:32 am
Physician groups are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling upholding a Florida law restricting what doctors can ask patients about guns.
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Thousands of counterfeit designer handbags have been uncovered by federal officers in a shipping container at Miami's seaport.
Aug 30, 2015 7:00 am
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