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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).
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News from Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune
Sep 27, 2016 1:36 pm
A Pasco County "scream park" is finding the humor and the horror in the current election with some clever marketing--two large billboards in Tampa advertising Scream-A-Geddon as more terrify...
Sep 27, 2016 12:51 pm
TAMPA -- A private Christian school in Tampa is suing the state's high school athletic association over a December incident in which the football team was denied the opportunity to pray over a loudspe...
Sep 27, 2016 12:33 pm
TAMPA -- That morning ride to your child's Hillsborough County public school? It could be gone next year, and the afternoon ride too. District officials and School Board members spent Tuesday morning ...
Sep 27, 2016 7:45 am
TAMPA -- It was the day after. It still didn't seem real. It was like that at the house in the Egypt Lake section of Tampa, where Jose Fernandez lived while he was in Tampa, and on the baseball field ...
Sep 27, 2016 7:38 am
TAMPA -- Spaghetti Warehouse in Ybor City will close for good Sunday despite a recent effort to save and relocate the restaurant in the Tampa Bay area. "Within the past several months, we have ma...
Sep 27, 2016 7:35 am
MIAMI -- It was his night to pitch. His night to fill the strike zone with fastballs. His night to take a bite out of the Mets' NL wild-card chase. Instead, his No. 16 was painted on the back of the m...
Sep 27, 2016 7:28 am
TAMPA -- When police arrived at Tampa General Hospital after last week's fatal shooting of a toddler, witnesses there initially described the gunshot as "self-inflicted," according to a sear...
Sep 27, 2016 7:24 am
Another prominent elected official said Monday the Florida Department of Transportation mislead him about its plans to rebuild the Howard Frankland Bridge with one fewer free lane for drivers.
Sep 26, 2016 2:54 pm
Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market: With live music from jazz to rock, pop to island, plus vegetables and fruit, baked goods, herbs, teas, plants, crafts, handmade jewelry.. 9 a.m., Gulfport, along Beach B...
Sep 26, 2016 8:33 am
TAMPA -- Can't happen. Just can't happen. If the Bucs have any designs on doing anything this season, they can't lose like they did Sunday. You can't lose to a team like the Rams. You can't lose a gam...
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