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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
Mar 28, 2015 7:41 pm
TAMPA - Police Chief Jane Castor has always been open about her sexual orientation, but she will also tell you she's "not a flag carrier." "Everyone understands that I'm gay, and I don'...
Mar 28, 2015 6:54 pm
JACKSON, Miss. - A former University of Mississippi student has been indicted on federal charges connected to a noose being put on a statue of the student who integrated the school, the Justice Depart...
Mar 28, 2015 6:41 pm
Fire marshal investigators are working to determine the cause of a fire that caused heavy flames and smoke at the Quisqueya mattress store at 3101 E. 7th Ave. in Ybor City this afternoon, Tampa Fire R...
Mar 28, 2015 4:31 pm
GAINESVILLE - Three Gainesville websites had their normal content swapped for Muslim messages after apparently being hacked. The websites for the Gainesville Regional Transit System and its advertisin...
Mar 28, 2015 4:29 pm
GAINESVILLE -- Florida guard Michael Frazier II made it official Friday: He's leaving school early and entering the NBA draft. Frazier thanked coaches, teammates and fans on his Twitter page and added...
Mar 28, 2015 3:53 pm
TALLAHASSEE - Florida legislators filed more than 1,700 bills for consideration during their two-month session that ends in May. Some are routine, some deal with high-profile issues such as abortion a...
Mar 28, 2015 3:17 pm
Hillsborough County firefighters extinguished a fire that burned two unoccupied mobile homes behind a gas station near the intersection of State Road 60 and County Road 39 in Plant City at around 11 p...
Mar 28, 2015 2:30 pm
DECEPTION ISLAND, Antarctica -- Deep below the ice, far from the playful penguins and other animals that bring tourists to Antarctica, is a cold and barren world that by all indications should be comp...
Mar 28, 2015 2:23 pm
WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled Senate has approved a balanced-budget plan that calls for trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the controversial health care law to erase red ink by the end ...
Mar 28, 2015 2:05 pm
MIAMI - Florida International University is offering a 14-year-old high school student a full scholarship. University officials said it's unusual to award scholarships to freshman, but that the staff ...
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
Mar 28, 2015 7:18 pm
These hunters used their eager noses, framed by whiskers resembling the Easter bunny's, to sniff out treats during a non-traditional egg hunt. It proved to be a howling good time.
Mar 27, 2015 10:30 pm
Prosecutors have called for a recently elected Broward circuit judge to remove himself from nearly 1,000 criminal cases because he showed favoritism to a defense lawyer.
Mar 27, 2015 10:04 pm
Whether or not Florida Gov. Rick Scott banned the phrase "climate change," there's no question the state has not made the issue a priority.
Mar 27, 2015 10:00 pm
Like ragged refugees seeking a promised land, a mass exodus of Hollywood's homeless hit the road for an undisclosed northerly destination shortly after noon Friday.
Mar 27, 2015 9:45 pm
Local citizens who believe they've been victims of racially-biased police now have a path to pursue justice: an NAACP-run call center that will log public complaints.
Mar 27, 2015 8:33 pm
High school athletes could act almost as free agents if a bill that reforms the Florida High School Athletic Association passes through the Legislature.
Mar 27, 2015 8:25 pm
A road patrol officer with nearly two decades on the job was relieved from duty with pay after an internal affairs investigation began in January.
Mar 27, 2015 5:46 pm
A Sunrise man with a suspended Florida driver's license is accused of trying to strike a Broward Sheriff's detective with a stolen car and ramming an unmarked patrol SUV twice.
Mar 27, 2015 5:22 pm
Florida Atlantic University may have another professor with controversial ideas, a philosophy professor Carol Gould is speaking out against women serving in ground combat.
Mar 27, 2015 4:00 am
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