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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).

 

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News from Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune

A stretch of the Hillsborough River will flow bright, kelly green once again for a St. Patrick's Day celebration on March 14 in Curtis Hixon park. The third annual Mayor's River O'Green will see the ...

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced a nearly complete reconstruction of the club level at the Amalie Arena today, including plans to add up to 160 loge seats at the north end, new concession stands, rem...

 

Lake Wales police Officer John Schwarze was wounded in a gun battle after being "lured" to a home with other officers by a man's bogus 911 call, authorities said. But it could have been ...

 

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's highest court on Wednesday jumped into a long-running dispute that could alter the fate of the state's 27 members of Congress. The Florida Supreme Court held an hour-long hear...

 

Alex Cobb will be on the mound against visiting Baltimore on April 6. He will be followed in the rotation by Chris Archer, Drew Smyly, Jake Odorizzi and a fifth starter to be named.

 

Once completed in about seven years, the toll roads should allow drivers to save nine to 13 minutes in their rush-hour commutes from I-275 to U.S. 19 for about 75 cents.

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- While the 35 miles of Pinellas County's Gulf Coast beaches don't attract the same kind of spring break pilgrimage as Panama City or Daytona Beach, the extra hustle and bustle through...

 

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department won't prosecute a former police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, but in a scathing report released Wednesday fau...

 

TAMPA -- Hillsborough County commissioners on Wednesday approved giving $2.1 million in incentives to bio-science giant Johnson & Johnson in return for the company creating 700 jobs paying an ...

 

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court was sharply divided Wednesday in the latest challenge to President Barack Obama's health overhaul, this time over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for ...

 
 

News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV

Beautiful weather for The Final Round         

 

Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park         

 

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.     &...

 

Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'         

 

Three boys are being questioned by officers after they were seen throwing homemade explosive devices in a Northside neighborhood.       &nbsp...

 

A 29-year-old woman was dragged beneath a vehicle near Oceanway on Saturday.         

 

A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 8-year-old boy reported missing out of Miami, authorities said Saturday.        &...

 

An investigation is ongoing after a car crashed into a Publix supermarket in North Naples         

 

A Jacksonville man is in critical condition after his motorcycle hit another vehicle head-on Friday evening, authorities said.        &a...

 

Parents can oppose what textbooks are used in their children's classrooms         

 
 

South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel

A Sunrise Middle student had a gun, knife, ammunition, mask and fireworks in his book bag on campus, according to a police report obtained Wednesday by the Sun Sentinel.

 

Broward's Judicial Nominating Commission sent the names of six lawyers for Gov. Rick Scott to consider to replace former Broward County Judge Gisele Pollack.

 

A "credible threat" prompted children to be evacuated from two Lauderhill schools for more than three hours Wednesday morning, police said.

 

For a fourth year in a row, South Florida enjoyed a mostly mild winter with temperatures about a degree warmer than normal from December through February, the National Weather Service said Wednesday. ...

 

A firefighter required hospital treatment while others were battling flames in an abandoned duplex in Fort Lauderdale, fire officials said.

 

It's not too many events that can bring out more than a thousand people when the word "clean" is involved. But year after year, the Annual Waterway Cleanup brings the crowds and it's conside...

 

FORT LAUDERDALE — City commissioners gave the green light to a long-delayed Broward County substance abuse treatment facility on Tuesday, after neighborhood traffic concerns threatened to cr...

 

Police are asking for help in identifying two women accused of stealing about $400 worth of beauty products and diapers from a drugstore in Miramar.

 

FORT LAUDERDALE — Construction is starting to boom in the city, so much so that commissioners approved a request to hire 11 more employees to deal with building permits.

 

Defense attorneys, a Pembroke Pines police officer and a reporter were among the victims of a public records debacle at the Hollywood Police Department that resulted from two high-ranking officers del...

 
 

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