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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
Jan 28, 2015 5:15 am
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Dorian Finney-Smith slammed home a dunk with 17 seconds remaining as Florida held off a furious second-half comeback by Alabama to beat the Crimson Tide 52-50 on Tuesday night. Eli...
Jan 28, 2015 4:52 am
TALLAHASSEE -- A jury in Tallahassee has slapped the state's beleaguered Department of Corrections with a $340,000 verdict for wrongly firing a state prison warden and his assistant warden as retaliat...
Jan 28, 2015 4:45 am
TAMPA -- For three years, Darrelle Revis has heard the whispers. Revis used to be the first name mentioned in the pantheon of NFL cornerbacks until Richard Sherman came along, backing up his brash sty...
Jan 28, 2015 4:31 am
MIAMI -- Ichiro Suzuki has passed his physical and finalized a $2 million, one-year deal with the Miami Marlins. The Marlins made the announcement Tuesday night. Suzuki signed the deal in his native J...
Jan 28, 2015 4:04 am
One person was injured Tuesday evening when a car slammed into the patio area of the Independent, a well-known bar and cafe in Seminole Heights.
Jan 28, 2015 4:04 am
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Lightning started the post All-Star break looking like a team still soaking up the vacation sun. Tampa Bay looked sloppy and slow in the opening 10 minutes on Tuesday and paid for...
Jan 28, 2015 3:29 am
TAMPA -- The ambitious goal of ending chronic homelessness by next year just got its annual booster shot as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $1.8 billion in grants to som...
Jan 28, 2015 3:28 am
WASHINGTON -- The White House said Tuesday it is dropping a proposal to scale back the tax benefits of college savings plans amid a backlash from both Republicans and Democrats. President Barack Obama...
Jan 28, 2015 3:20 am
TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed outrage and demanded Wednesday that Islamic State extremists release a Japanese journalist, as secret talks in Jordan sought the release of the Ja...
Jan 28, 2015 3:04 am
TAMPA -- Student leaders at Alonso High School want input in the performance evaluations of their teachers. At Leto High, students want their teachers to update the district's online gradebook more r...
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
Jan 28, 2015 2:30 am
A Dania Beach man is accused of burglarizing 19 vehicles in Weston, then using the stolen debit cards and vehicle registration information for fraudulent activity, including payment of his phone bill....
Jan 28, 2015 2:02 am
They survived the Holocaust even the Auschwitz death camp and on the 70th anniversary of its liberation Tuesday, they quietly reflected and offered this resounding message: "Don't let our past ...
Jan 28, 2015 12:08 am
With so many charter school applications flooding City Hall, Sunrise is turning to a one-year moratorium to stem the tide.
Jan 27, 2015 10:56 pm
Volunteers wielding clipboards and questionnaires fanned out across Broward County on Tuesday, visiting public parks, downtown alleyways and feeding centers as part of a three-day effort to count the ...
Jan 27, 2015 9:57 pm
Two Broward County educators accused of misconduct have had their licenses suspended by the state.
Jan 27, 2015 9:47 pm
Operating illegally in Broward County is getting expensive for the popular ride-hailing app Uber. So far, the county has cited Uber's drivers 250 times and collected $35,000 in fines, records show. ...
Jan 27, 2015 8:59 pm
Traveling on a crowded Tri-Rail train with a bike can sometimes be awkward.
Jan 27, 2015 8:56 pm
For the second time in two days, a bomb squad and investigators searched the home of a Wilton Manors man Tuesday where police said four homemade explosive tubes, including one with nails on the outsid...
Jan 27, 2015 8:29 pm
Worried about rising sea levels?
Jan 27, 2015 7:46 pm
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