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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).


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News from Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA - An ambitious plan to reshape the Channelside District is unique in itself, but this week it also offered a new twist: An emphasis on seeking suggestions from the public on what should be inclu...


NEW YORK - Craig Ferguson will spend tomorrow's future yesterdays (as his theme song proclaims) somewhere other than "The Late Late Show." Friday was his last hoorah after a decade as host o...


A 103-year-old Sarasota golfer may have made history as the oldest person to record a hole-in-one. The PGA of America announced on its website that Gus Andreone scored the ace Wednesday at Palm Aire C...


TAMPA -- Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford indicated Friday that he was healthy enough to resume his coaching duties with the team as far back as October. "I had to ...


TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott says he won a race to create 700,000 jobs in seven years, a central promise of his 2010 campaign, but by his own words he moved the finish line. Scott made his claim aft...


A Brandon man was killed after he drove his Ford F-250 the wrong way on State Road 60 in Plant City and struck another Ford F-250 head-on, critically injuring the driver.


There are the Packers and Badgers, of course. Maybe beaches and fishing. But make no mistake. There's another key reason Tampa will be Wisconsin South the next few weeks: the forecast.


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News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV

Beautiful weather for The Final Round         


Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park         


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.     &...


Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'         


Three boys are being questioned by officers after they were seen throwing homemade explosive devices in a Northside neighborhood.       &nbsp...


A 29-year-old woman was dragged beneath a vehicle near Oceanway on Saturday.         


A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 8-year-old boy reported missing out of Miami, authorities said Saturday.        &...


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A Jacksonville man is in critical condition after his motorcycle hit another vehicle head-on Friday evening, authorities said.        &a...


Parents can oppose what textbooks are used in their children's classrooms         


South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel

Pembroke Pines police are searching for a teen who has been missing since Thursday afternoon.


In her 12 years as a Broward County circuit judge, Cynthia Imperato has heard numerous jury verdicts. But for the first time, Friday the verdict was about her.


The armed robber might have worn a wig and carried a purse, but she was no lady. She was a he.


Redevelopment has produced dramatic changes in the downtown skyline in recent decades and now the city is trying to bring new life to its smaller business corridors.


A nursing home executive was arrested on suspicion of stealing $12,466 from a dementia patient in a Fort Lauderdale facility, the Florida attorney general's office said.


Every second is critical in an emergency, yet thousands of callers to emergency 911 in Broward County still are forced to wait for help while their call is transferred to another dispatch center.


For many, the constant din of rolling shopping carts brimming with donated toys on Friday was as sweet as the jolly Christmas carols brightening the mood.


Animal lovers will deliver holiday toys and treats to homeless pets Saturday on a whirlwind bus tour of all three county-run shelters in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.


Police are searching for the second of two suspects responsible for vandalizing the Coral Springs Center for the Arts and leaving a pile of feces behind, police said.




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