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The State of Florida is a state located 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
Apr 20, 2014 2:53 pm
First Baptist Church of Oakland gives away Easter clothes to children in need
Apr 20, 2014 12:54 pm
Two teens sped past St. Johns County Deputies Saturday night, went airborne, then landed in retention pond.
Apr 20, 2014 12:48 pm
The public will soon get a look inside an historic house hidden in trees near the Florida Governor's Mansion.
Apr 20, 2014 10:04 am
An investigation into a Sunday morning crash near downtown revealed a man with a gunshot to the back of his head.
Apr 20, 2014 6:35 am
Hunting for the sun
Apr 19, 2014 6:51 pm
Large fire burns abandonded home on Westside
Apr 19, 2014 2:33 pm
Family and friends remember teenager at Keystone Heights Funeral
Apr 18, 2014 9:36 pm
Announcing Operation Orion - your opportunity to help unite a loving K9 with a deserving warrior.
Apr 18, 2014 9:07 pm
Randy and Louie are a remarkable team. In fact, the two are tethered together with a special over-the-shoulder, no-hands leash almost all the time.
Apr 18, 2014 7:52 pm
This is Home: April 18, 2014
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Apr 21, 2014 4:00 am
Q: Now that the Interstate 595 reconstruction is nearing completion, what about plans for the cross streets? Pine Island Road is jammed approaching the interstate from Nova Drive.
Apr 20, 2014 4:02 pm
Coastal areas emerging as a national modelWASHINGTON — While the nation looks for solutions to the problem of rising sea levels, some coastal communities in Florida are taking action to save...
Apr 20, 2014 3:59 pm
A couple of times a week, Steve Stahl is startled out of his sleep by a train horn.
Apr 20, 2014 1:19 pm
A Southwest Miami-Dade man was left reeling after a lightning bolt blasted a hole through the roof of his house during a storm Saturday morning.
Apr 20, 2014 12:37 pm
A North Lauderdale man fatally stabbed his son when a dispute about a past stabbing turned violent, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.
Apr 20, 2014 12:35 pm
Henderson Alvarez faced one batter more than the minimum in a dominating performance over the Mariners at Marlins Park.Lloyd McClendon has seen just about enough of Henderson Alvarez.
Apr 20, 2014 12:01 pm
Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine...
Apr 20, 2014 4:00 am
While paying for a cleanup, the Florida Legislature is poised to adjourn May 2 without addressing some of the most persistent polluters of Florida's lakes, rivers and springs.
Apr 20, 2014 3:48 am
Boca Raton is turning down $38.2 million from the state and $9.6 million from the state and county that would have widened two congested roads: the western portion of Palmetto Park Road, and Federal H...
Apr 20, 2014 3:18 am
The dog tags are pitted, battered. But there is enough left of them to solve a mystery that's haunted a West Delray man for 70 years.
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