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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 Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
Mar 6, 2014 11:48 pm
A man was arrested Thursday after police say he was dealing in stolen property.
Mar 6, 2014 11:28 pm
A local attorney has filed a motion that could impact accused DUI drivers across the state.
Mar 6, 2014 11:20 pm
Heavy rain caused major flooding in some parts of Jacksonville resulting in some roads being shut down for hours.
Mar 6, 2014 10:53 pm
Woman who drove van carrying her and 3 children into the ocean had contact with police just before the incident.
Mar 6, 2014 10:08 pm
The world famous, eight-horse Clydesdale hitch will appear at the Anheuser-Busch Jacksonville Brewery Tour Center
Mar 6, 2014 9:29 pm
A huge crowd gathered Thursday night at The Marriott Southpoint for the Jewish Family and Community Services event
Mar 6, 2014 9:19 pm
Former "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno will be coming to the River City this month.
Mar 6, 2014 9:18 pm
After a 10-year hiatus, the Symphony is bringing back one of the city's most festive events.
Mar 6, 2014 7:00 pm
The U.S. Men's National Team will play a Send-Off Series match in Jacksonville, Fla.
Mar 6, 2014 6:30 pm
Walmart shopper buys what she think is a crib and finds something else inside
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Mar 7, 2014 5:07 am
The FBI is investigating the alleged unauthorized removal of classified documents from a secret CIA facility by Senate Intelligence Committee staff who prepared a study of the agency’s use o...
Mar 7, 2014 5:00 am
Dry cleaner John O'Brien is helping put America back to work one suit at a time.
Mar 7, 2014 4:40 am
For one night, LeBron James proved he was human.
Mar 7, 2014 3:24 am
When an unpopular president comes to town, politicians have a choice: get the good suit pressed and polish the dress shoes — or slip on a pair of sneakers and run as far away as possible.&am...
Mar 7, 2014 2:53 am
A group of builders is suing Pompano Beach for $22 million, saying the city needs to pay that amount back to all the companies and homeowners who paid building fees during a period when the fees were ...
Mar 7, 2014 1:08 am
A charter school principal is accused of raping a colleague, the Broward Sheriff's Office said Thursday. Peter Nicholson, 55, of Coral Springs, was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual battery.&...
Mar 7, 2014 1:01 am
Mar 7, 2014 12:32 am
A firefighter and police officer rescued two toddlers from a swimming pool after the children wandered into the water Thursday, officials said.
Mar 7, 2014 12:08 am
As a statement from former Miami Dolphins trainer Kevin O'Neill's lawyer shows we're entering the legal phase of the Dolphins' mess, the question remains if they've learned anything.This is about tomo...
Mar 6, 2014 11:59 pm
Authorities on Wednesday released video footage of Justin Bieber providing a urine sample for a drug test following his DUI arrest in Miami Beach in January. ...
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