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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 Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
May 17, 2013 11:57 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tim Tebow was in town Friday night, speaking at The Providence School.
May 17, 2013 11:16 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Many successful companies have them: secret formulas to their success. So does the lottery have a secret formula too?
May 17, 2013 8:55 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A big blue tarp over a foreclosed home is one thing, but a an open door has an Arlington neighborhood frustrated.
May 17, 2013 8:12 pm
On Friday, First Coast News had to say goodbye to one of its own.
May 17, 2013 8:02 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The country of Cuba is only 90 miles from the Florida Keys but in many ways we are world's apart. Communism is still the law the land, trade sanctions still exist and ...
May 17, 2013 7:42 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Parents were angry when they learned Friday would be the last day for Head Start classes, three weeks earlier than scheduled to end. Now officials are working to find a way to...
May 17, 2013 7:33 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The clock is ticking for animals at Animal Control and Protective Services in Jacksonville.
May 17, 2013 6:47 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- David Thompson, 43, is a protective father concerned about the impact bullying has had on his 12 year old son.
May 17, 2013 6:40 pm
Only three more students on the First Coast stand a chance at being surprised with a scholarship for college.
May 17, 2013 3:03 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We checked with local oncologists to see if they're making any changes in light of the study on Tamoxifen, which recommends a 10-year plan instead of the typical 5-year ...
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
May 18, 2013 5:15 am
So what does an All-Star shooting guard with a bum knee do when he has a night off during the NBA playoffs?
May 18, 2013 1:16 am
Not only did the police captain order a 15-year-old to pull down her pants to prove she wasn't having sex in a car, but directed her to spread wider so he could get a better look, a prosecutor said.&a...
May 18, 2013 12:40 am
Real-life characters talk about the movie based on their lives Nearly two decades ago, rogue bodybuilders abducted Marc Schiller, tortured him for a month, drugged him and loaded him into an SUV. They...
May 18, 2013 12:35 am
May 17, 2013 11:38 pm
A Fort Lauderdale lawyer whose courthouse blog trades in news and gossip about South Florida's legal community is fighting off an investigation by the Florida Bar after publishing articles that critic...
May 17, 2013 10:59 pm
Assistant Police ChiefJimmy Jones, the subject of an active Internal Affairs investigation into alleged misconduct, will retire this month.
May 17, 2013 10:43 pm
Celebrating 50 years of Downtown Library service and looking ahead to 50 moreSaturday, Boca Raton celebrates 50 years of service at the Downtown Library — just as preparations are underway t...
May 17, 2013 10:42 pm
A surging stock market and rebounding housing prices are translating into a robust job market in South Florida.
May 17, 2013 9:50 pm
Wellington polo mogul seeks end to house arrest before new trialJohn Goodman is staying put on house arrest in his luxurious Wellington estate as a judge considers the polo executive's request for fre...
May 17, 2013 9:12 pm
Boynton Beach 's newest crime-fighting tool can jet down the Intracoastal Waterway at almost 60 mph.
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