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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
Aug 29, 2014 6:38 pm
TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reduced their roster to 63 players on Friday. Waived were cornerback Marc Anthony, linebacker Nate Askew, tackle Edawn Coughman, cornerback Kip Edwards, defensvie e...
Aug 29, 2014 6:20 pm
As part of a change to the daily lineup on 102.5 The Bone, Cox Media Group Tampa announced it is discontinuing airing Bubba The Love Sponge Clem's show, effective immediately.
Aug 29, 2014 5:53 pm
A Land O' Lakes woman will take home more than $730,000 in lottery winnings after purchasing one of the winning tickets in a Florida Lottery scratch-off game. Loida Emmons, 46, paid $10 for the "...
Aug 29, 2014 5:38 pm
NEW YORK -- Chelsea Clinton said Friday she is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News, citing increased work at the Clinton Foundation and imminent birth of her first child. Bill and Hillary Clint...
Aug 29, 2014 5:34 pm
Police say the boy's death appears accidental, but the driver of a water department truck may be disciplined at work for using the vehicle for a family visit when the incident occurred.
Aug 29, 2014 4:13 pm
Country music legend Emmylou Harris will be performing at the Tampa Theatre on Nov. 12. Tickets, ranging from $50 to $90, go on sale Sept. 5. Harris, a 13-time Grammy Award winner and 2008 inductee in...
Aug 29, 2014 3:36 pm
A warrant has been issued for a Largo man suspected in an armed sexual battery last week. Police say Timothy J. Davenport, 28, is suspected of breaking into the victim's residence through an unlocked ...
Aug 29, 2014 3:23 pm
A private land developer purchased a major downtown housing project along North Boulevard, another step toward Tampa's vision of creating a thriving neighborhood north of Kennedy Boulevard.
Aug 29, 2014 2:15 pm
TAMPA -- At a picnic bench in St. Petersburg, a man dressed for bondage joins four men in blood-stained hazmat suits, two female fairies and a mother holding a baby doll. They belt out "Happy Bir...
Aug 29, 2014 2:06 pm
Police say the crash caused significant damage to the Achievement Center for Early Living, 4609 E. Busch Blvd., which will not be open for business today.
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
Aug 29, 2014 7:05 pm
An FAU student was arrested Thursday after police said she stole her roommate's girlfriend's car and lied to police about what happened — an act fueled by jealousy, said the victim.
Aug 29, 2014 6:45 pm
Aug 29, 2014 6:20 pm
It was easy for one carjacking victim to point out his assailant to police, according to a report, because all he had to do was log on to Facebook.
Aug 29, 2014 5:18 pm
Several Delray groups ask redevelopment agency for more money Delray's incoming police chief says he needs more cops to keep downtown Delray safe.
Aug 29, 2014 4:17 pm
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Driving along Indiantown Road in western Palm Beach County last January, Nicole Verticchio saw an astonishing sight: A large black bear ambling east along the side of the road.
Aug 29, 2014 3:39 pm
Convinced of breast milk's healing powers, one South Florida mom isn't just feeding her baby with it. She's been using this so-called "liquid gold" to make organic soap for the whole family....
Aug 29, 2014 3:19 pm
Winter Garden Mayor John Rees ordered a man to leave the city commission meeting Thursday night because he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Aug 29, 2014 3:01 pm
Celebrity couple makes a few anti-social-media requests of their guests in Miami on SaturdayMiami Heat star Dwyane Wade and actress Gabrielle Union created one of the great hashtags for their South Fl...
Aug 29, 2014 2:45 pm
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