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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
Jul 29, 2014 6:27 pm
The manager of a Volusia County business where George Zimmerman was questioned by police said Zimmerman was never hired to provide security, despite his claims to authorities. DeLand police reported ...
Jul 29, 2014 6:21 pm
CHICAGO -- The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffere...
Jul 29, 2014 6:16 pm
EDITORS NOTE: This story was originally published Feb. 1, 2014 NEW YORK - Derrick Brooks tried to make believe it was just another day, but he soon realized it was a fruitless exercise. In the hours b...
Jul 29, 2014 6:14 pm
Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Orlando, similar to the one it operates in its home state of Pennsylvania, and more could be on the way around the country if the new one...
Jul 29, 2014 6:00 pm
Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he will take part in three debates this fall and urged the two Democratic hopefuls to agree to dates now so planning can take place before the Aug. 26 primary. Likely Demo...
Jul 29, 2014 5:39 pm
WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered...
Jul 29, 2014 5:37 pm
TAMPA -- For 14 months, Hillsborough's city and county leaders have been discussing how to engineer a radical change in the county's transportation system that could reposition Hillsborough as a regio...
Jul 29, 2014 4:34 pm
Oceana Irizarry, the 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane while walking along Caspersen Beach with her father, has died.
Jul 29, 2014 1:09 pm
Testimony resumes in the trial of Richard McTear, who is accused of throwing a baby from a moving car on I-275. Read live Twitter updates from the courtroom.
Jul 29, 2014 10:38 am
The former Bucs' star will be inducted Saturday into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but for all of his on-field accolades he also had an unwavering desire to help - especially kids.
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
Jul 29, 2014 7:27 pm
Delray businesses that can't physically fit the number of parking spaces the city requires on their property pay a penalty fee that goes toward putting up parking spaces elsewhere.
Jul 29, 2014 6:41 pm
By thwarting the mugging of a Fort Lauderdale homeless man last month, an off-duty Broward Sheriff's deputy won himself a departmental citation. He also won the would-be victim a possible ticket home ...
Jul 29, 2014 5:49 pm
Tropical disturbance, 8 a.m. Tuesday outlook
Jul 29, 2014 4:55 pm
A small plane landed on a strip of sand next to the ocean in Miami Beach, Miami media outlets reported on Tuesday afternoon.
Jul 29, 2014 4:44 pm
South Florida's Tuesday forecast: Mostly sunny with highs in the low 90s, lows in the upper 70s and a 50 percent chance of showers and storms. Heat index - or "feels-like" - readings could r...
Jul 29, 2014 3:48 pm
-- Nice physical run from Lamar Miller for the final snap of the first 11 on 11 session.
Jul 29, 2014 3:09 pm
Beware the sextortion scam sweeping across online dating sites, the Broward Sheriff's Office warns.
Jul 29, 2014 2:13 pm
Primus will cover movie soundtrack at Miami Beach tour stop on Nov. 11Les Claypool’s recent visits to South Florida have come in distinctive guises: Intracoastal fisherman (in waters from Po...
Jul 29, 2014 12:30 pm
A nationwide manhunt for an Alabama man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 30-year-old woman and her 8-year-old daughter came to an end in a Boynton Beach hospital room on Monday, accordi...
Jul 29, 2014 8:36 am
Tropical wave, 2 p.m. Monday advisory
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