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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
Feb 28, 2015 6:49 pm
TALLAHASSEE -- A massive gambling overhaul bill will hit lawmakers' desks on the first day of the legislative session, but its sponsor is holding back on exactly what's in it. "Everything is on t...
Feb 28, 2015 6:36 pm
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Police have found the NASCAR race car stolen from a hotel parking lot near Atlanta Motor Speedway. Team XTREME said the car was discovered early Saturday northwest of Atlanta in Gwinne...
Feb 28, 2015 6:18 pm
Kevin Cash addressed the Tampa Bay Rays as manager for the first time this morning as the team opened full-squad workouts at the Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte. Cash, a first-time manager, s...
Feb 28, 2015 6:10 pm
A man was killed during a fire and explosion that blew the roof off a house and rocked a Sarasota County neighborhood Thursday night, authorities said. On Saturday, the county medical examiner identi...
Feb 28, 2015 6:02 pm
Corey Allen Jr., the Bulls' leading scorer, has been rendered ineligible after an internal inquiry discovered that he had received impermissible benefits on tuition payments at a previous school.
Feb 28, 2015 5:23 pm
Apryl Foster was remembered at a memorial in the courtyard of the Ulele restaurant where she worked. Her family cut the service short because of wet weather.
Feb 28, 2015 5:08 pm
An Osceola County mother has been arrested after authorities said they found her two young daughters going door to door trying to sell their toys. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says the girls, a...
Feb 28, 2015 4:07 pm
TAMPA -- With a resume including "Beetlejuice" and "Edward Scissorhands," director Tim Burton has proven he is among the great fantasy storytellers in Hollywood. But the off-camera...
Feb 28, 2015 3:13 pm
It will be cloudy and breezy with on-and-off rain most of today in the Tampa Bay area. The National Weather Service calls for a 60 percent chance of rain throughout the day. High temperatures will be ...
Feb 28, 2015 2:47 pm
TAMPA - Facing a February filled with potential pitfalls, the Lightning forged right on through with a relatively clean escape. Tampa Bay capped off a 12-game stretch of games all against the West, ei...
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
Feb 28, 2015 6:59 pm
A 60-year-old man told deputies he killed a North Lauderdale home intruder, but lied about the shooting to cover-up for his girlfriend's son, a convicted felon, the Broward Sheriff's Office said Satur...
Feb 28, 2015 1:34 am
Jorge Barahona will stand trial beginning Sept. 28 on allegations he used hazardous chemicals in an attempt to kill his adopted son, Victor, in Palm Beach County more than four years ago.
Feb 27, 2015 11:49 pm
A submerged vehicle that belongs to a woman who went missing last month was found with a body inside in the New River near a Fort Lauderdale marina, police said Friday.
Feb 27, 2015 11:43 pm
This cop lied about the details of a marijuana arrest, failed to report how he tormented a suspect with his Taser, and claimed a three-hour lunch break lasted only one.
Feb 27, 2015 11:27 pm
— This city will not be another Ferguson, police officials here say.
Feb 27, 2015 11:11 pm
South Florida is the state's most populous region, yet it has almost no political clout in the Legislature.
Feb 27, 2015 10:58 pm
The mentally incompetent woman who was dragged by her feet through the Broward courthouse by a deputy this week will not be going to jail when she is released from a hospital on Monday.
Feb 27, 2015 10:49 pm
A minor was arrested Friday after police say he threw a rock at a school bus, injuring one of its passengers.
Feb 27, 2015 10:36 pm
Plenty of Broward and Palm Beach county drivers are zooming along on highways, streets and roads.
Feb 27, 2015 10:34 pm
Salary talks between the Broward school district and its teachers union have come to an abrupt halt after the district declared an impasse.
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