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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 1, 2015 7:45 pm
BALMA, France - A wing flap suspected to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 today arrived at a French military testing facility where it will be analyzed by experts. After a 10-hour jou...
Aug 1, 2015 7:44 pm
Tampa International Airport sets a rainfall record for Aug. 1, with nearly 3 inches on the ground by midafternoon. Many roads are impassable due to high water and TECO is working on several outages.
Aug 1, 2015 6:37 pm
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have tentatively rescheduled today's practice for 5 p.m. with gates opening for fans at 4:30 p.m. The workout - the first of this year's training camp -- was postponed due to ...
Aug 1, 2015 6:05 pm
HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwean wildlife authorities say they have suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area favored by hunters following the killing of a lion popular with tour...
Aug 1, 2015 6:02 pm
NEW YORK -- Federal officials are investigating after a pilot reported seeing an unmanned aircraft while approaching John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says i...
Aug 1, 2015 3:53 pm
Attorneys for Manatee County will ask a hearing officer to reopen the case on whether Padi, a male lab mix, should be euthanized. The Bradenton Herald reports the attorneys have asked to reopen the h...
Aug 1, 2015 3:34 pm
WASHINGTON - The largest Florida corporate donor to a super political action committee backing former Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential run is NextEra Energy Inc., the company that owns electric utility g...
Aug 1, 2015 3:31 pm
MILAN - Snoop Dogg has had another run-in with European authorities. Italian financial police said they stopped the rapper at the Lamezia Terme airport in Calabria on Saturday with $422,000 in cash, ...
Aug 1, 2015 3:28 pm
A funeral is being held today for Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown at a church in suburban Atlanta. A hearse escorted by two policemen on motorcycles wa...
Aug 1, 2015 2:37 pm
The Tampa Bay area forecasts calls for scattered, on-off showers and thunderstorms today, mostly along coastal areas and in northern counties. Some of the storms can be heavy, with rainfall amounts...
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
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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
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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
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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 1, 2015 7:21 pm
It took Ted Cruz three months to raise $10 million for his campaign for president, a springtime sprint of $1,000-per-plate dinners, hundreds of handshakes and a stream of emails asking supporters to c...
Aug 1, 2015 6:49 pm
In his first Spanish-language television network interview since launching his 2016 presidential campaign, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush fielded questions ranging from the upcoming presid...
Aug 1, 2015 6:48 pm
Nearly all of the contenders for president are encouraging their deep-pocketed donors to give not just to their campaigns, but to groups known as super PACs as well.
Aug 1, 2015 6:48 pm
The largest Florida corporate donor to a super political action committee backing former Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential run is NextEra Energy Inc., the company that owns electric utility giant Florida P...
Aug 1, 2015 6:19 pm
Ian Kennedy expected to miss Friday's start against the Miami Marlins to be with his wife Allison, who was in labor with their fourth child.
Aug 1, 2015 6:07 pm
After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard's search for two teenage fishermen ended Friday, a heart-rending decision for famili...
Aug 1, 2015 3:45 pm
Attorneys for Manatee County will ask a hearing officer to reopen the case on whether Padi, a male lab mix, should be euthanized.
Aug 1, 2015 3:17 pm
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Aug 1, 2015 2:51 pm
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