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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
Sep 1, 2015 7:21 pm
Rapper Kevin Gates faces a charge fo simple battery after he was seen on video kicking a woman in the crowd during a Lakeland concert on Friday. Gates, 29, whose real name is Kevin Jerome Gilyard, was...
Sep 1, 2015 7:13 pm
A woman and two children died, and another child was critically injured, after being pulled from a house fire early this morning in Tampa.
Sep 1, 2015 7:04 pm
TAMPA -- Residents on both sides of Tampa Bay would see their electric bills drop next year should the state Public Service Commission approve rates reflecting lower fuel costs. TECO Energy, which ser...
Sep 1, 2015 6:42 pm
Pitbull, the Miami rapper known for his spirited dance music, will take on the role of state tourism ambassador, hoping to thrust Florida to the top of the millennial generation's travel ticket.
Sep 1, 2015 6:40 pm
NEW YORK -- Your heart might be older than you are. A new government report suggests age is just a number - and perhaps not a very telling one when it comes to your risk of heart attack or stroke. The...
Sep 1, 2015 6:33 pm
SENECA FALLS, N.Y. -- Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony were the names most mentioned Monday as women who should be considered for a redesigned $10 bill during a town hall meeting with U.S. Treasure...
Sep 1, 2015 6:32 pm
WASHINGTON -- One more reason to watch the waistline: New research says people's weight in middle age may influence not just whether they go on to develop Alzheimer's disease, but when. Obesity in mid...
Sep 1, 2015 5:49 pm
NEW YORK -- Stocks plunged again Tuesday, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after gloomy economic data out of China rekindled fears that the world's second-largest economy is slowing more than ...
Sep 1, 2015 5:21 pm
Google is refining its famous logo as it prepares to become a part of a new holding company called Alphabet.
Sep 1, 2015 5:15 pm
A 37-year-old woman carrying two concealed handguns was arrested Monday after deputies said she shoplifted more than $1,300 in merchandise from a Wal-Mart in Lakeland, the Polk County Sheriff's Office...
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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.     &...
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Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'
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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.
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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
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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
Sep 1, 2015 7:18 pm
The feud between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush appears to be intensifying.
Sep 1, 2015 7:11 pm
Hundreds of Black Lives Matter activists, black and white, marched outside the Minnesota State Fair this weekend, hoping to bring attention to the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police. ...
Sep 1, 2015 7:01 pm
Tropical Storm Fred is moving farther away from the Cape Verde Islands and is expected to weaken.
Sep 1, 2015 2:51 pm
Lawyers representing power companies and the attorney general want the Florida Supreme Court to keep a proposed constitutional amendment on solar energy off next year's ballot.
Sep 1, 2015 1:50 pm
Athletes with dreams of playing professional basketball can try out for the NBA Development League team in South Dakota.
Sep 1, 2015 1:26 pm
Florida's high stakes tests taken by millions of school children are valid according to a new independent study.
Sep 1, 2015 9:43 am
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Sep 1, 2015 8:57 am
Police are investigating after they say a car was stolen in southwest Miami-Dade with a 1-year-old boy inside.
Sep 1, 2015 7:03 am
A deputy fearing for his life shot a man who authorities say had been stalking a female wrestler, wounding him Monday outside a World Wrestling Entertainment training facility in central Florida, auth...
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Florida's Guardian ad Litem program is giving nearly 1,000 suitcases to foster children.
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