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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
Jan 30, 2015 4:42 am
TAMPA - Cedric Paquette helped take the home town fans clad in red out of Thursday's game, while bringing the home fans dressed in blue out of their seats. The Tampa Bay Lightning rookie handed all th...
Jan 30, 2015 4:39 am
TAMPA -- With no football games, big tailgates or Greek row parties, students at the private University of Tampa look to one big moment each year to cut loose: the Gasparilla pirate invasion. Gasparil...
Jan 30, 2015 4:38 am
PHOENIX -- Davin Joseph was as shocked as Buccaneers fans when Tampa Bay went 2-14 under first-year coach Lovie Smith. The 31-year-old guard earned two Pro Bowl berths with the Bucs after being select...
Jan 30, 2015 4:04 am
PHOENIX - Katy Perry says her Super Bowl halftime performance will make you "Roar" - with animals. The singer told reporters at a press conference Thursday that her performance Sunday will ...
Jan 30, 2015 3:50 am
Hundreds of volunteers, from social workers to elected officials, visited Pinellas' parks, day-labor agencies, soup kitchens and wooded campsites Thursday for the annual "Point in Time" home...
Jan 30, 2015 3:00 am
A thief broke into two sheds at a St. Petersburg elementary school this week and stole 53 racquetball rackets and balls, police said. An employee at Melrose Elementary School, 1752 13th Ave. S., disc...
Jan 30, 2015 2:30 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- Enthusiasm appears to be is waning for a city councilman's suggestion to allow public drinking in certain areas of downtown as a way to raise money for the arts. Councilman Jim Kenne...
Jan 30, 2015 2:22 am
TAMPA -- Views on the state's proposed express toll lanes for area interstates spanned the map Thursday night. Some called the toll lanes a "class system" that would only benefit the wealthi...
Jan 30, 2015 1:57 am
WASHINGTON -- The Republican-controlled Senate today approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles w...
Jan 30, 2015 12:47 am
A driver of a sport utility vehicle crashed into another vehicle in St. Petersburg and then struck a power pole, knocking down several power lines, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Michael Costello, 5...
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
Jan 30, 2015 1:31 am
A Broward Sheriff's Office deputy who was being investigated for off-duty gunfire turned himself in to the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, according to a Broward Sheriff's spokeswoman.
Jan 29, 2015 11:11 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE The Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs group dropped a legal bomb on the city Thursday, filing a federal lawsuit that claims its free-speech rights are being violated by the city's new ho...
Jan 29, 2015 11:03 pm
Gisele Pollack got her old job back, just not the one she originally wanted.
Jan 29, 2015 10:38 pm
The United States does not know how many fugitives are in Cuba.
Jan 29, 2015 10:19 pm
They stay out of sight, coming out only at night.
Jan 29, 2015 8:55 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE Homeless feeding restrictions, marriage equality and the International Swimming Hall of Fame won't be on the city's Feb. 10 election ballot, but opponents of Mayor Jack Seiler want vo...
Jan 29, 2015 8:53 pm
Trudging through thigh-high grass Thursday morning near the Everglades, biologists Daryl Thomas and Delta Harris scanned the ground for Northern African pythons.
Jan 29, 2015 8:47 pm
A Boynton Beach man with a lengthy criminal history was ordered held on $1 million bond after police say he repeatedly threatened a Fort Lauderdale woman, at one point sending her a menacing text mess...
Jan 29, 2015 6:37 pm
Classes at five Broward County schools were disrupted and at least three were evacuated Thursday after threats of bombs or other violence were received, officials said.
Jan 29, 2015 5:25 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE The city's District 3 voters will choose their next commissioner Feb. 10 from a one-time resident who returned to the city to run for office, a neighborhood association president and ...
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