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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
Mar 30, 2015 7:19 pm
MONTREAL -- Several surprises greeted the Lightning as they hit the ice for Monday's morning skate at Bell Centre. And the surprises came not only from who was on the ice, but which players were absen...
Mar 30, 2015 7:03 pm
TAMPA -- Florida has 61,000 businesses that export products or services to other nations, but more are needed to keep the economy growing, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said Monday, during...
Mar 30, 2015 6:32 pm
NEW YORK -- Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa who has contributed to "The Daily Show" a handful of times in recent months, will become Jon Stewart's replacement as host, ...
Mar 30, 2015 5:36 pm
Plant High School students planning an Ybor City party as an alternative to the school-sponsored prom canceled the event on Friday, the day before it was to be held.
Mar 30, 2015 4:35 pm
BOSTON -- Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical exami...
Mar 30, 2015 3:59 pm
A 4-year-old girl grabbed her purple raincoat, slipped out of her house at 3 a.m. and hopped a Philadelphia bus in search of a snack. Bus driver Harlan Jenifer says the girl swung her legs in a seat a...
Mar 30, 2015 3:08 pm
DUESSELDORF, Germany -- The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 that crashed into the French Alps last week had received treatment for suicidal tendencies several years ago, prosecutors said Monday. D...
Mar 30, 2015 2:41 pm
JetBlue Airways said it has fixed a "widespread system outage" that caused delays and long lines Monday morning at several airports, including Tampa International Airport. Thousands of JetBl...
Mar 30, 2015 2:18 pm
TAMPA -- Before Tampa became "Cigar City," it was a cattle city, sustained by the profits local businessmen earned selling to Cuba when the island nation's herds fell into decline. "The...
Mar 30, 2015 1:56 pm
Tampa's Marine patrol unit rescued three teenagers whose boat capsized in Tampa Bay on Sunday evening. Matthew Mainzer, Hannah Cox and Aubin Ellis, all 15, were found clinging to the side of their bo...
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
Mar 31, 2015 12:11 am
When Lauderhill firefighters arrived at a two-story apartment building fire Saturday evening, they acted quickly to help bring a wheelchair-bound man down a flight of stairs and to safety.
Mar 30, 2015 9:42 am
The city's newly minted commission wasted no time in addressing an issue that was often discussed on the campaign trail improving the infrastructure of the historic east side by upgrading the water d...
Mar 30, 2015 2:12 am
The old nursing home is getting a bistro and a salon.
Mar 30, 2015 12:21 am
CORAL SPRINGS A 22-year-old man is in critical condition after his motorcycle hit the back of a vehicle that had made a u-turn on Sample Road, authorities said.
Mar 29, 2015 8:30 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE A broken sprinkler head in the Terminal 2 baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale International Airport touched off the fire alarm system and prompted the evacuation Sunday afternoon of...
Mar 29, 2015 7:47 pm
The city is changing its tune when it comes to street musicians, artists and other performers setting up shop downtown, on Riverwalk or near the beach.
Mar 29, 2015 7:45 pm
PLANTATION Fire caused extensive damage to a residence in Country Club Estates on Sunday afternoon, according to authorities.
Mar 28, 2015 7:18 pm
These hunters used their eager noses, framed by whiskers resembling the Easter bunny's, to sniff out treats during a non-traditional egg hunt. It proved to be a howling good time.
Mar 28, 2015 4:00 am
High school athletes could act almost as free agents if a bill that reforms the Florida High School Athletic Association passes through the Legislature.
Mar 28, 2015 4:00 am
Overt racism is easy to spot and condemn. For instance, cops spewing racial slurs and making a video that seems to take perverse delight in showing a black man being bitten by a police dog and Preside...
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