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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 24, 2014 12:27 am
A suspect is in custody in connection to a police-involved shooting near Hunt and Cherokee streets Wednesday evening.
Apr 23, 2014 11:55 pm
First Coast Sports anchor Chris Porter took the sportscast on the road to Englewood High School Wednesday night.
Apr 23, 2014 10:54 pm
Police are searching for a criminal mischief suspect after the Epiphany Baptist Church was vandalized early Wednesday morning.
Apr 23, 2014 10:19 pm
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Apr 23, 2014 10:15 pm
Local fertility experts are offering a free seminar to help couples get pregnant.
Apr 23, 2014 9:46 pm
Columbia County High School is on lockdown, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
Apr 23, 2014 9:08 pm
The Federal Highway Administration has awarded a grant for $900,000 to the St. Johns River Ferry.
Apr 23, 2014 8:07 pm
The Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 full schedule has been released.
Apr 23, 2014 7:52 pm
Hemming Plaza could undergo huge changes if a newly formed nonprofit group is successful.
Apr 23, 2014 7:42 pm
The school is the oldest private and historically black college in the Sunshine State.
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Apr 24, 2014 3:02 am
Heat beat Bobcats, 101-97, to take 2-0 series leadMIAMI — Nervous now?
Apr 24, 2014 2:13 am
For just about all of the 48 minutes, the Miami Heat searched for motivation, purpose, the very type of perseverance Al Jefferson was providing for the Charlotte Bobcats.
Apr 24, 2014 12:02 am
The Dolphins will host the New England Patriots in Miami's season opener Sept. 7.
Apr 23, 2014 11:59 pm
A new city law aims to protect animal lovers from unknowingly buying a sick dog born in a puppy mill.
Apr 23, 2014 10:51 pm
Apr 23, 2014 10:24 pm
Computer problems that prevented some students from taking the FCAT Tuesday appear to be solved in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Apr 23, 2014 10:19 pm
A Pompano Beach man accused of hitting a bicyclist with his car, leaving the injured man behind a dumpster and not calling authorities will remain in jail until trial, a court ruled Wednesday.
Apr 23, 2014 8:52 pm
Nancy Tsai, 66, facing theft, exploitation of elderly person chargesRavaged by Alzheimer's, a 92-year-old Palm Beach woman's mental capacity was deemed non-existent. She reacted to her surroundings as...
Apr 23, 2014 6:04 pm
It's been 25 years since David Hasselhoff and company began running the beaches of Los Angeles County in red swimsuits.
Apr 23, 2014 5:07 pm
The specialty license plate spigot has been tightened in the last few years, but there are still drops getting through including two new plates on the road this year and at least four new potential pl...
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