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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).
Greg Norman's Southern Cross Developments Selects River Rim Ranch
Greg Norman’s Southern Cross Developments, proprietor of the exclusive “Norman Estates” real estate brand, is pleased to announce that River Rim Ranch in Teton Valley, Idaho will be the location for its newest project, the “Norman Ranch Estates. [Read More]
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
Apr 16, 2014 2:58 pm
Could you live in a house the size of a parking spot? Some students at SCAD are trying it out.
Apr 16, 2014 2:46 pm
Hundreds of species of orchids and bromeliads flourished here until about a century ago, when coastal areas from Fort Myers to Miami were becoming urbanized.
Apr 16, 2014 2:39 pm
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, along with SMG and AEG announced Sir Paul McCartney is coming to Jacksonville in June.
Apr 16, 2014 2:17 pm
A beach goer in St. Augustine was left unimpressed by a man who exposed himself to her Monday.
Apr 16, 2014 11:13 am
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Apr 16, 2014 10:10 am
THE PLAYERS Championship is changing this year to a three-hole aggregate playoff involving the closing stretch at the TPC Sawgrass.
Apr 16, 2014 9:59 am
Traffic on County Road 210 was at a stand still Wednesday morning.
Apr 16, 2014 9:19 am
A 20-year-old man is facing charges of careless driving after hitting a school bus Wednesday morning.
Apr 16, 2014 8:47 am
The NCAA on Tuesday proposed that athletes receive unlimited meals and snacks, the collegiate sports organization said in a news release.
Apr 16, 2014 8:46 am
Heavy rains have led to continuing sewage problems in the south Georgia city of Valdosta.
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Apr 16, 2014 5:48 pm
Miramar police have released 911 calls in the near-drowning of an 18-month-old girl who has since made a full recovery.
Apr 16, 2014 5:33 pm
A trusted member of Rothstein's inner circle, she played a key role in his $1.4B Ponzi scheme, investigators say Federal prosecutors filed a criminal charge Wednesday against Scott Rothstein's former ...
Apr 16, 2014 4:36 pm
SEOUL (Reuters) - More than 300 people were missing after a ferry sank off South Korea, the coastguard said on Wednesday, with a three-fold increase in the number of passengers unaccounted for put dow...
Apr 16, 2014 1:39 pm
If you have a kid in a Florida public school, you know it's FCAT season, that sometimes-pressurized time when schools administerthe state's high-stakes standardized tests.
Apr 16, 2014 9:04 am
Pair hatched in January make first flightsA pair of successful student pilots sat in a massive nest in a tall tree near Pines Boulevard, one of them tearing at some food with its beak.
Apr 16, 2014 8:41 am
After a muggy hot Tuesday, it should be a bit cooler today. It also is expected to be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and storms, thanks to a stalled cold front.
Apr 16, 2014 2:10 am
A Hollywood man with a long list of grand theft convictions is back behind bars in Broward, jail records show.
Apr 16, 2014 1:14 am
Florida jumps ahead of Buffalo, which had NHL's worst regular-season record The Florida Panthers missed the NHL playoffs yet again this season, but on Tuesday night there was reason to celebrate.
Apr 16, 2014 12:53 am
Not a perfect finish for the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Apr 15, 2014 11:56 pm
Anna Sophia Turja was just 18 when she boarded the Titanic, bound for her new home: America.
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