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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
Sep 20, 2014 4:38 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- Put an X next to them. They're done. Not that it came as a shock Friday night when the Rays were eliminated from postseason contention. It didn't. But the 4-3 loss to the White Sox ...
Sep 20, 2014 4:26 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- Some of Pinellas County's lowest performing schools are beginning a new program that combines high expectations for parents and a variety of social services in hopes of boosting stud...
Sep 20, 2014 4:22 am
TAMPA -- If Josh McCown's injured right thumb heals quickly enough, he will remain the Bucs' starting quarterback when they face the Steelers on Sept. 28 at Heinz Field, coach Lovie Smith said Friday....
Sep 20, 2014 4:20 am
It took a while, first taking the form of a half measure. A half of football, that is. But Florida State, upon further review (why does everything take further review these days?), had no choice but t...
Sep 20, 2014 4:17 am
TAMPA -- For the University of South Florida Bulls, the tone was set four days earlier, in the offensive line meeting room. No coaches, just players. "We got together on the white board and we de...
Sep 20, 2014 4:16 am
TALLAHASSEE -- Welcome, Sean Maguire, to big-time college football. Florida State's little-known redshirt sophomore will start for the time in his college career on national television, against a top-...
Sep 20, 2014 4:12 am
FORT MYERS -- Garrett Young threw five more touchdown passes, and the Cambridge Christian football team rolled to a 44-13 victory against Gateway Charter. The victory improves the Lancers, who have ou...
Sep 20, 2014 4:09 am
LARGO -- When he saw the local radar Friday, Jesuit coach Matt Thompson had one thought. Please don't cancel the game. Despite driving rain and sloppy conditions, Thompson got his wish. In the end, th...
Sep 20, 2014 4:08 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- Indian Rocks Christian looked like the No. 1 team in the state Friday night as they shut out a talented up-and-coming Northside Christian team 36-0. The Golden Eagles arguably have t...
Sep 20, 2014 4:07 am
TARPON SPRINGS -- Tarpon Springs (4-0, 1-0 Class 5A-District 8) sent its homecoming crowd home tired and wet but happy. Spongers kicker Louis Zervos emerged as the hero when he ended Friday's sloppy d...
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
Sep 20, 2014 4:00 am
The shadowy cypress swamps and wide-open prairies of the western Everglades offer some of the most untamed country in South Florida.
Sep 19, 2014 8:20 pm
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodellpromised major revisions to the league's conduct policies as he spoke out Friday for the first time in days after a series of domestic violence allegations rocked the lea...
Sep 19, 2014 8:07 pm
Coins, teddy bears, underwear, diamond rings — local vets have seen it allForget dog eat dog.
Sep 19, 2014 7:32 pm
They had a taste for fashion, went only to designer stores, and never paid for the merchandise they selected, Sunrise police said.
Sep 19, 2014 7:04 pm
Six middle school students hospitalized for ingesting a potentially fatal prescription medicine were released from the hospital late Thursday, police said. All are "in good health," a police...
Sep 19, 2014 6:18 pm
Thanks to a cold front, there's a high chance fo rain today through Sunday. It also should be a degree or two cooler than normal - but still borderline hot.
Sep 19, 2014 6:18 pm
Thousands of Ravens fans lined up outside M&T Bank Stadium on Friday morning to exchange their replica Ray Rice jerseys and cut ties with the former star running back who was once one of the team'...
Sep 19, 2014 6:03 pm
Vice President Joe Biden praised the performance of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as Democratic national chairwoman on Friday, the day after she was the subject of a lengthy and scathing critique in Politi...
Sep 19, 2014 5:39 pm
A toddler was found unresponsive floating in a family pool on Friday morning, police said.
Sep 19, 2014 3:06 pm
Doors have opened for masses of Apple enthusiasts who've been eagerly waiting to get their hands on the company's latest smartphones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus.
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