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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 2, 2015 6:57 pm
The first phase of a 20-year master plan to modernize Tampa International Airport is funded and under construction. For the airport to complete its plan to support future growth, however, it will need...
Sep 2, 2015 6:34 pm
Five months after she arrived at Lowry Park Zoo as a newborn, a female chimp's playful attitude and cuteness are on full display through photos released by the zoo. Keeva arrived from The Maryland Zoo...
Sep 2, 2015 5:56 pm
SEBRING -- Jason T. Hunter, a candidate for Highlands County sheriff, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with practicing law without a license, according to a complaint affidavit. Hunter, 31, ...
Sep 2, 2015 5:19 pm
Health advisories have been issued for beaches at Tampa's Cypress Point and Ruskin's E.G. Simmons Park through the Labor Day weekend, and a previous advisory remains into effect for Davis Islands Beac...
Sep 2, 2015 5:13 pm
Interstate 275 in downtown Tampa will be closed to southbound traffic again tonight as construction continues along the congested stretch. The roadway also was closed on Tuesday night. The closures wi...
Sep 2, 2015 5:01 pm
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden is headed to Florida, where he's sure to get a glimpse of his presidential prospects as he considers a late entry into the 2016 Democratic primaries. Biden plans...
Sep 2, 2015 4:57 pm
TAMPA -- After a five-month vacancy, Hillsborough County commissioners filled their internal auditor post Wednesday with someone commissioners had borrowed from the clerk of court's office. Peggy Cask...
Sep 2, 2015 4:56 pm
A Baltimore judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss charges against six police officers facing criminal charges in connection with the death of a black man seriously injured in their custody. He also re...
Sep 2, 2015 4:51 pm
Several of the most popular Internet-connected baby monitors lack basic security features, making them vulnerable to even the most basic hacking attempts, according to a new report from a cybersecurit...
Sep 2, 2015 4:45 pm
Job-seekers can apply for positions next week during Amalie Arena's second part-time job fair. The job fair, Sept. 9 from 3-6 p.m. on the Promenade level, will help fill part-time positions for events...
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 2, 2015 7:13 pm
Mulling a 2016 White House bid, Vice President Joe Biden is testing the waters in pivotal Florida.
Sep 2, 2015 6:47 pm
Recent editorials from Florida newspapers:
Sep 2, 2015 6:42 pm
Florida Power & Light officials say the company is planning to reduce electric rates next year.
Sep 2, 2015 5:53 pm
Florida A&M University is being confronted with a new crisis.
Sep 2, 2015 4:45 pm
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush escalated his feud with Donald Trump on Tuesday, betting big he can re-energize his stalled campaign by challenging the billionaire businessman head on.
Sep 2, 2015 3:53 pm
University of Central Florida researchers say the endangered green turtle population is making a comeback on one of the nation's most important nesting beaches for turtles.
Sep 2, 2015 1:04 pm
Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is scheduled to visit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico this week, his staff said Tuesday.
Sep 2, 2015 12:21 pm
A mentoring program that's been in place in Miami-Dade County will be expanding to Jacksonville area schools.
Sep 2, 2015 11:23 am
Rapper Pitbull is partnering with Visit Florida to promote tourism.
Sep 2, 2015 11:10 am
A Florida sheriff's deputy is being credited for helping save the life of a choking man.
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