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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 4, 2015 3:50 am
TAMPA -- Samantha Baker remembers hearing of only one recent fight at Robinson High School: a lunchtime quarrel between two girls in love with the same boy. For the most part, fights, bullying and a l...
Aug 4, 2015 3:42 am
CHICAGO -- Mikie Mahtook singled with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to drive in Logan Forsythe and give the Tampa Bay Rays a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night. Forsythe, who...
Aug 4, 2015 3:11 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- The backlog of veterans waiting for a decision on their benefits claims has dropped dramatically since March 2013, said Kerrie Witty, director of the Department of Veterans Affairs S...
Aug 4, 2015 3:07 am
TAMPA -- Hillsborough County won't solve its gridlock by adding more lanes to its interstates. And it won't break up roadway congestion by building a better mass transit system. "It's not a matte...
Aug 4, 2015 3:04 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- Perhaps nowhere is this city's passion for street art more apparent than on the walls of many downtown buildings, where colorful murals increasingly adorn warehouses, restaurants and...
Aug 4, 2015 3:00 am
TAMPA -- University of South Florida athletic director Mark Harlan was justifiably beaming earlier this summer when he learned USF was the top-finishing American Athletic Conference program in the fin...
Aug 4, 2015 2:51 am
TAMPA -- After the first open practice at Bucs training camp, Dirk Koetter, the team's new offensive coordinator, decided to go deep -- very deep. Someone asked him about Bucs second-year tight end Au...
Aug 4, 2015 2:46 am
NEW YORK - Delta Air Lines had a major change of heart about shipping hunting trophies, announcing Monday afternoon that it would no longer accept lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo troph...
Aug 4, 2015 2:45 am
LOS ANGELES - Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale filed for divorce on Monday, seeking to end a nearly 13-year marriage between two members of rock music royalty. Stefani filed her petition citing irrecon...
Aug 4, 2015 2:26 am
TAMPA - If it's any consolation, the rain of the last week and a half is approaching the historic category. The deluge began on July 24 and has soaked everything in the region, particularly along the ...
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 4, 2015 7:27 am
They crowded the stage in New Hampshire for a debate-style faceoff.
Aug 4, 2015 7:26 am
The Republican Party's presidential class demanded aggressive steps to curb illegal immigration, seizing on a delicate political issue while facing off in New Hampshire on Monday night during a crowde...
Aug 4, 2015 7:20 am
Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio hope to connect Tuesday with Christian conservatives, a key group of voters in the early primary states of Iowa and South Carolina.
Aug 4, 2015 7:18 am
Authorities say a 3-year-old girl reported kidnapped more than a year ago in South Florida has been found with her mother about 280 miles away in Palatka.
Aug 4, 2015 7:03 am
The boat that two teens were on when they went missing off Florida's Atlantic coast is no longer where the Coast Guard found it.
Aug 4, 2015 7:03 am
Norwegian Cruise Line's largest ship is going to call central Florida home.
Aug 4, 2015 7:03 am
Amazon is adding 2,000 new jobs at its Florida fulfillment centers in Ruskin and Lakeland.
Aug 4, 2015 7:00 am
Compared to some of his neighbors, Jimmy Bellefleur is not doing badly. The electrician has turned abandoned government office space into a one-room home for his wife and their two daughters.
Aug 4, 2015 2:02 am
Jeb Bush outlined plans Monday to improve security of the nation's borders and enforcement of its existing immigration laws, calling both a requirement before any president could begin to address the ...
Aug 3, 2015 10:00 pm
Amazon is nearly doubling its number of workers at two Florida fulfillment centers.
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