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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
Jul 2, 2015 3:53 am
A Clearwater man with a history of mental illness is in custody after a 12-hour standoff today with Clearwater police and Pinellas County sheriff's deputies. About a half-dozen nearby residences were ...
Jul 2, 2015 3:43 am
BRANDON -- A year older, a year wiser. And a much better hockey player. Anthony DeAngelo, the 19th overall pick in the 2014 draft, might be the marquee name at the Lightning's development camp this we...
Jul 2, 2015 3:42 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- Gov. Rick Scott and Florida lawmakers want to create jobs and spur economic growth, and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg has positioned itself to contribute to those go...
Jul 2, 2015 3:42 am
Hillsborough Government offices: Closed Friday. Call (813) 272-5900 Garbage collection: No pickups Saturday. There will be no makeup day. Regular schedule resumes Monday. Call (813) 272-5680 Animal se...
Jul 2, 2015 3:41 am
ST. PETERSBURG - 1B James Loney (fractured left middle finger) will likely return to the lineup Friday when the Rays begin a seven-game road trip with the first of three games against the Yankees in N...
Jul 2, 2015 3:36 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- It came down to Joey Butler, the last man standing Wednesday night between the Rays and a no-hitter. Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco was faltering in the bottom of the ninth inning, havi...
Jul 2, 2015 3:18 am
NEW YORK - Customs officials in New York have recovered a bronze religious statue from the 11th or 12th century that they say was looted from a temple in India. The New York office of Immigration and ...
Jul 2, 2015 2:53 am
A man sustained serious injuries while shooting off fireworks Wednesday night, Tampa police said. The man was shooting off mortar-type fireworks at 312 E. Ohio Ave. when a tube blew up while he was ho...
Jul 2, 2015 2:41 am
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women's World Cup semifinal. The decisive goal Wednesday came ...
Jul 2, 2015 2:39 am
SALT LAKE CITY -- Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church's embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with t...
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
Jul 2, 2015 7:33 am
As Havana and Washington move to restore full ties, Cubans are watching closely. Some hope rapprochement will help them make a small business prosper or keep in touch with relatives in Florida, while ...
Jul 2, 2015 7:33 am
Republican objections, especially from GOP presidential hopefuls, illustrate the obstacles ahead as U.S. and Cuban leaders plan to open embassies in Havana and Washington later this month.
Jul 2, 2015 7:28 am
Big-time donors to a nonprofit educational group founded by Jeb Bush, disclosed for the first time Wednesday, highlight the intersection between Bush's roles in the worlds of business, policy and poli...
Jul 2, 2015 4:30 am
Omar Benson Miller spent three seasons on "CSI: Miami," but only this past year did he get a chance to film a television show in South Florida.
Jul 1, 2015 11:46 pm
Minnesota's attorney general is accusing a Florida company of preying on students with promises of loan forgiveness.
Jul 1, 2015 10:22 pm
A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez could be released from jail as soon as Thursday after 11 weeks behind bars.
Jul 1, 2015 10:14 pm
In the first presidential race since Democrats cast the GOP nominee as an out-of-touch millionaire, Republican Jeb Bush is aggressively trying to flip the script.
Jul 1, 2015 10:11 pm
Federal protection may be needed for three amphibian species and seven reptiles, including the hard-biting, spiky-shelled alligator snapping turtle, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says.
Jul 1, 2015 10:05 pm
In a story June 30 about the Carnegie Heroes awards, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the fate of a boy whose brother drowned in a river. Christian Smith survived. He did not drown.
Jul 1, 2015 10:00 pm
Tampa Bay area authorities say a 9-year-old boy was seriously injured when he was shot in the cheek as he and his brother were handling a handgun in their house.
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