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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 Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune
Aug 2, 2015 7:04 pm
Officials continue to monitor weather conditions that resulted in record rainfall, closure of the Gandy Bridge and other roadways, and widespread flooding throughout South Tampa.
Aug 2, 2015 6:50 pm
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Aug 2, 2015 6:14 pm
A high-speed chase involving a suspect in a Pinellas County shooting ended in a fiery crash that sent two people to a hospital Sunday morning, deputies said. Deputes were searching for a vehicle and a...
Aug 2, 2015 5:53 pm
PALM HARBOR - Piece by piece, Pinellas County since the 1980s has been collecting and preserving the coastal properties that make up Wall Springs Park. Now the county is adding 121 more acres to the 2...
Aug 2, 2015 3:08 pm
The last time a Lovie Smith-coached team opened a season with a rookie starting at quarterback was 2005, when Smith was the coach of the Chicago Bears. The quarterback was Kyle Orton, and the Bears we...
Aug 2, 2015 2:59 pm
TAMPA - The irony isn't lost on University of South Florida sophomore running back Marlon Mack. Last season, during a breakout freshman campaign that earned him American Athletic Conference Rookie of ...
Aug 2, 2015 2:57 pm
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News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
May 11, 2014 8:07 am
Beautiful weather for The Final Round
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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
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
Aug 2, 2015 6:57 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 2, 2015 6:49 pm
NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades.
Aug 2, 2015 6:49 pm
The 14 display cases at Kennedy Space Center contain intensely personal mementoes and other items representing the astronauts who perished in the Challenger and Columbia accidents.
Aug 2, 2015 5:22 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 2, 2015 5:12 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 2, 2015 5:03 pm
Florida A&M University has reached a tentative agreement with its faculty union on retroactive raise and bonuses.
Aug 2, 2015 2:31 pm
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A Panhandle man is sending a message to beachgoers by turning trash left on area beaches into art.
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Frontier Airlines is adding a new slew of flights out of Florida.
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