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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
Oct 30, 2014 4:16 am
Rather than rent the top floors to just one resident, the whole SkyHouse tower is named for a penthouse at the top that any of the tower's residents may use
Oct 30, 2014 3:55 am
Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7.
Oct 30, 2014 3:18 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- Thursday is Leshawn Williams' 18th birthday, but it will take some strategic planning with Bayfront Health St. Petersburg to fit a party into his hospital room. Williams, a senior d...
Oct 30, 2014 3:09 am
TAMPA -- The general election isn't until Tuesday, but Hillsborough County School Board candidate Dipa Shah already knows she will have one noteworthy vote -- school district Superintendent MaryEllen ...
Oct 30, 2014 3:06 am
Dozens of people gathered in downtown Williams Park for a "pitchfork" protest on Wednesday aimed at utility giant Duke Energy.
Oct 30, 2014 2:57 am
PANAMA CITY BEACH -- One of Florida's most popular spring break towns is cracking down on one of the most touristy things to do there -- taking a breezy ride on a rented scooter. Panama City Beach tig...
Oct 30, 2014 2:44 am
We have our very first College Football Playoff rankings: Mississippi State, Florida State, Florida State's lawyers, Auburn and Ole Miss. History was made. Here's a shout-out to the 12-member playoff ...
Oct 30, 2014 2:24 am
Two Tampa men were hospitalized with serious injuries on Wednesday after a single vehicle crash on Interstate 75 in Hernando County. At around 1:49 p.m., Arcide Cruz, 30, was driving the 2001 Ford SU...
Oct 30, 2014 12:59 am
AURORA, Colo. -- The strange journey of three suburban Denver girls who authorities say tried to join Islamic State militants in Syria has many in their close-knit east African community worried about...
Oct 30, 2014 12:49 am
LOS ANGELES - Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested and charged with robbery Wednesday after a celebrity photographer reported the men stole her camera last month. Prosecutors say Willi...
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
Oct 30, 2014 2:48 am
An old strip center coincidentally named "Broward Station" was knocked down Wednesday, marking the start of construction of what will become a sleek new downtown Fort Lauderdale station for ...
Oct 30, 2014 2:48 am
Superintendent Robert Runcie plans to join with local and national teacher groups to encourage the state to slow down the testing frenzy.
Oct 30, 2014 2:02 am
A man was taken to the hospital with traumatic injuries Wednesdayafter he fell off the roof of a church in Pembroke Park, said Mike Jachles, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman.
Oct 30, 2014 1:27 am
A man tried to abduct a high-school girl near her school bus stop in Hollywood on Wednesday morning — the third such attempt in less than two weeks, police said.
Oct 29, 2014 11:58 pm
Some college students got a glimpse of what they might see in the mirror during their senior years if nature — or, perhaps, a machete — proves unkind.
Oct 29, 2014 9:21 pm
The state Ethics Commission has found probable cause to believe former Broward School Board member Stephanie Kraft violated ethics rules by allegedly accepting compensation in return for taking offici...
Oct 29, 2014 9:09 pm
An early morning argument between a man and woman may be the motive behind the shooting of another man who tried to break up the domestic dispute, according to neighborhood witnesses.
Oct 29, 2014 9:07 pm
Hollywood may be losing its top boss at City Hall to Coral Gables.
Oct 29, 2014 8:52 pm
It sucks to be a duck stuck in a drain.
Oct 29, 2014 8:49 pm
The Broward Supervisor of Elections has reached an agreement with a group trying to extend funding for the Children's Services Counsel, ending a lawsuit over a ballot layout some said was confusing to...
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