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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
Sep 23, 2014 3:51 am
It's officially fall but expect more rain throughout the week. Rain Tuesday should stop after sunset, WFLA-TV's meteorology team says. Rain is expected throughout the week because of a stalled frontal...
Sep 23, 2014 3:43 am
TAMPA - The Tampa metro area is still the flounder to Miami's great white shark when it comes to the amount of exports flowing from businesses here to other parts of the globe. Still, local business l...
Sep 23, 2014 3:31 am
ST. PETERSBURG - With overseas ballots already mailed and some 252,000 mail ballots scheduled to arrive on Pinellas County doorsteps next week, supporters of the Greenlight Pinellas launched a new soc...
Sep 23, 2014 3:14 am
ST. PETERSBURG - There's an eerie quality to parts of Egmont Key's shoreline. On the western side are crops of dark tree stalks, some standing straight, others toppled over into the Gulf of Mexico - c...
Sep 23, 2014 2:57 am
TALLAHASSEE -- Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said state officials must be ready to assist thousands of families whose lives would be affected if the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commi...
Sep 23, 2014 2:46 am
TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin is expected to miss at least the rest of this week, and possibly longer, after showing no improvement to his unspecified upper-body injury. Drouin...
Sep 23, 2014 2:45 am
TAMPA -- Based solely on the makeup of their defensive line, it's hard to tell these days whether it's Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith filling out the lineup card or Rays manager Joe Maddon. Through thei...
Sep 23, 2014 2:40 am
TAMPA -- The road is generally smooth for top draft picks on the way to the National Hockey League. For Brett Connolly, that road has had potholes, speed bumps and even the occasional stop sign. But, ...
Sep 23, 2014 2:37 am
OLDSMAR -- All Mitchell High golf coach Rick Hyatt could do was shrug his shoulders in disgust. For the second consecutive year, his Outback Invitational was cut short by rain. And despite bumping up ...
Sep 23, 2014 2:15 am
U.S. Central Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, runs many international military exercises around the globe that plan for a host of contingencies. But officials assigned to the command ...
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
Sep 23, 2014 5:42 am
The United States and several allies launched airstrikes inside Syria for the first time late Monday, the Pentagon said, a heavy bombardment against multiple targets that marked an aggressive expansio...
Sep 23, 2014 4:00 am
A 45-hour search for a diver who vanished in the sea a mile east of Fort Lauderdale was called off Monday night.
Sep 23, 2014 3:08 am
In his third year, Philbin better start producing, as recent history showsWell, I've written many words in this space for the last 15 seasons about the Dolphins coaches who tried and lost, who came ho...
Sep 23, 2014 12:26 am
Ten people from four different countries were in federal custody after a suspected human-smuggling boat arrived on shore of the wealthy town of Manalapan early Monday, according to border authorities....
Sep 22, 2014 11:42 pm
More spending for the Sheriff's Office, less money to catch up on road repairs and higher property tax bills for many residents result from the $4 billion Palm Beach County budget approved Monday. ...
Sep 22, 2014 11:24 pm
Michael Patrick said the most frightening thing about almost being hit by a train is that he wasn't even aware one was coming.
Sep 22, 2014 11:12 pm
Will worthy outfit feel wrath of weary taxpayers?Will Broward voters seize the opportunity to cut their property tax bills, even if it means killing a worthwhile entity that helps children and familie...
Sep 22, 2014 11:11 pm
The split is real: Kris Jenner has filed for divorce from Olympian Bruce Jenner.
Sep 22, 2014 10:43 pm
TMZ is reporting that actress Gabrielle Union, who married Heat star Dwyane Wade last month, plans to contact the FBI over topless photos of her that leaked on the internet along with those of numerou...
Sep 22, 2014 10:39 pm
Downtown Boca Raton 's first hotel is going to rise higher than most of Boca's buildings, the City Council decided Monday.
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