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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
May 23, 2015 7:30 pm
St. Pete Beach has been looking to tweak its alcohol laws after sheriff's officials advised that deputies find the rules too ambiguous to enforce, especially around hotels and bars that are licensed t...
May 23, 2015 7:22 pm
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, showed of his singing chops while saluting the families of fallen military personnel Friday. During an emotional ceremony to honor the fam...
May 23, 2015 6:29 pm
In another attempt to end the deadlock over Tropicana Field, the team and city leaders want to partner in a study on how the land could be redeveloped without a baseball stadium.
May 23, 2015 6:23 pm
Once again, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock. A few weeks after kicking off the NFL draft with the selection of quarterback Jameis Winston, the Bucs received word from the league that the Tam...
May 23, 2015 6:18 pm
TUCSON, Ariz. - An Arizona dog that was found hanging from a tree is now recovering and with a foster family. The case of Sunny the dog attracted attention from all over the country. Donations began...
May 23, 2015 6:15 pm
CLEVELAND -- A white Cleveland patrolman who fired down through the windshield of a suspect's car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed black occupants dead was acquitted Saturd...
May 23, 2015 6:07 pm
DUBLIN -- Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world's first national vo...
May 23, 2015 6:03 pm
George Johnson might not be a Buccaneer had his previous team, the Detroit Lions, not played Tampa Bay and its NFC South rivals last season. You see, it was during video study of the Carolina Panther...
May 23, 2015 5:02 pm
After several issues last year, fairgrounds and school district officials have made a few schedule adjustments to keep this year's ceremonies as stress-free as possible for graduates and their familie...
May 23, 2015 4:05 pm
MIAMI - A South Florida man sentenced to life in prison as a juvenile in the slaying of an ice cream vendor's wife has been freed after serving 44 years in prison. Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Richa...
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
May 23, 2015 11:57 am
Should chimpanzees complex creatures with thoughts, feelings and the smarts to learn sign language have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
May 23, 2015 8:40 am
A brand new fire rescue truck was christened Friday night when firefighter/paramedcis delivered a baby while enroute to a hospital during the truck's first call.
May 23, 2015 1:07 am
Firefighters answering a rescue call on an otherwise routine downtown Friday morning encountered a scene that was anything but: A man perched 100 feet atop a railroad drawbridge over the New River. ...
May 22, 2015 11:04 pm
Two small planes encountered problems during landings Friday, forcing flights at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to be diverted to other runways in what officials are calling a rare ev...
May 22, 2015 8:09 pm
Hoping to stir up leads in the disturbing attack of a disabled Deerfield Beach woman, the Broward Sheriff's Office on Friday released a sketch of the chilling mask one of the attackers wore.
May 22, 2015 8:07 pm
Services and other events taking place in Broward County over the Memorial Day weekend.
May 22, 2015 7:33 pm
The FBI is searching for the man who robbed a Chase Bank in Davie.
May 22, 2015 7:29 pm
South Florida's colleges are pledging to better serve veterans so that their pursuit of education doesn't become another battle.
May 22, 2015 6:59 pm
Plan on having a hot time this holiday weekend - but if you go to the beach, beware of dangerous rip currents.
May 22, 2015 6:05 pm
Want to light up at a Tri-Rail station? Soon you'll have to do it in a designated area of the platform.
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