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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
Aug 27, 2014 7:01 pm
Fireworks will light the sky while decorated boats illuminate the water below on Sunday at the second annual Light The Night Labor Day celebration on Tampa's downtown waterfront. Boats, paddleboards a...
Aug 27, 2014 6:19 pm
TALLAHASSEE -- It'll be cheaper to register your vehicle in Florida starting Monday. On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott's office announced the cost reductions in vehicle registration fees by type. The cur...
Aug 27, 2014 5:57 pm
BY JAMES L. ROSICA TALLAHASSEE -- Seven out of 10 customers of Citizens Property Insurance Corp., Floirda's insurer of last resort, could see their bills go down if the state approves new rates discus...
Aug 27, 2014 5:52 pm
Florida's highest court is being asked to decide whether or not the state's ban on gay marriage is constitutional. In an unusual decision, the state's 2nd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday asked t...
Aug 27, 2014 5:34 pm
MIAMI -- The mother of an American freelance journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video message aimed directly at his captors. ...
Aug 27, 2014 5:24 pm
Northbound lanes on Interstate 75 in Sarasota will be closed until at least early evening after a multi-vehicle crash today involving a fuel tanker, officials said. Sarasota County officials said the ...
Aug 27, 2014 5:18 pm
DEERFIELD, Va. - An Air Force fighter jet based in Massachusetts crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednesday, shaking the ground and frightening residents, and officials said the pilot's...
Aug 27, 2014 5:08 pm
Associated Press ABC has chosen its next "Bachelor." Chris Soules, who came in third last season on "The Bachelorette," will look for love among 25 women vying for his heart. His ...
Aug 27, 2014 4:56 pm
NEW YORK - Time Warner Cable said Wednesday that service was largely restored after a problem during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours. The company sai...
Aug 27, 2014 4:51 pm
Police are working to identify a man suspected of beating a 21-year-old woman at a St. Petersburg motel last week, leaving her in a coma. Surveillance video shows the man and woman entering a room at...
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
Aug 27, 2014 7:12 pm
Only about a third of the Florida homeowners who qualify for part of the $2.1 billion joint state-federal Ocwen Mortgage settlement have submitted claims with the Sept. 15 soon deadline approaching, t...
Aug 27, 2014 6:39 pm
A prophetic selfie-video is all the family has left of Rollin Francis, who was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Oakland Park just hours after returning from his dream trip to Disney World.
Aug 27, 2014 6:00 pm
The Florida Supreme Court today agreed to take on the issue of gay marriage.
Aug 27, 2014 5:59 pm
The mother of Steven Sotloff, who is being held hostage by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, released a video appeal on Wednesday seeking the release of her son, the New York Times is reporting. ...
Aug 27, 2014 5:56 pm
Hurricane Cristobal is generating large swells and a high risk of rip currents along the East Coast, including Florida.
Aug 27, 2014 4:46 pm
Broward Circuit Judge Lynn Rosenthal held onto her job with a comfortable win in Tuesday's primary over challenger Frantz "Jahra" McLawrence.
Aug 27, 2014 4:32 pm
South Florida's coral reefs are about to get Google-mapped, sort of.
Aug 27, 2014 4:16 pm
Aug 27, 2014 3:22 pm
If you throw back a few too many brewskis Labor Day weekend, don't get behind the wheel and drive drunk.
Aug 27, 2014 3:12 pm
An ESPN poll of NFL front office personnel and coordinators were not very kind to Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, who ranks in the bottom tier of NFL head coaches.
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