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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
Nov 28, 2014 6:44 pm
FERGUSON, Mo. -- Demonstrators sought to catch the attention of shoppers looking for good deals on Friday, going to major retailers around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decisio...
Nov 28, 2014 6:42 pm
WASHINGTON - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the White House now that the official tree has arrived. A horse-drawn wagon hauled the 20-foot white fir up the driveway to the North Portic...
Nov 28, 2014 6:38 pm
DAVE KOZ AND FRIENDS SMOOTH JAZZ CHRISTMAS Koz and his jazzy pals R&B vocalist-guitarist Jonathan Butler, singer-songwriter Christopher Cross of "Sailing" fame and singer-songwriter ...
Nov 28, 2014 6:08 pm
The big question: How much Thanksgiving shopping will hurt Black Friday, which is relinquishing its status as the frenzied start of the holiday shopping season?
Nov 28, 2014 6:04 pm
The suspect seen near Lowry Park zoo hasn't done anything wrong, but police posted this generic chimp mug online to announce the need to put it behind bars - or, at least, in a cage.
Nov 28, 2014 4:52 pm
Eight teens were arrested Thursday, accused of robbing a pizza deliverer in Volusia County, deputies said. The boys ranging in age from 13 to 16, deputies said. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports ...
Nov 28, 2014 4:43 pm
An 88-second tease for the new "Star Wars" film, "The Force Awakens," hit the web Friday. You'll be wowed with what you see. You'll also be disappointed there's not more. It g...
Nov 28, 2014 4:42 pm
The Mosul offensive is part of what Centcom, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base and overseeing U.S. military efforts in the region, calls its "counter-Daesh campaign plan," using the Ar...
Nov 28, 2014 4:31 pm
One year after their last effort, Tampa police will again try to clear derelict boats that are blocking a seaplane landing corridor at the Davis Islands Seaplane Basin.
Nov 28, 2014 3:09 pm
A Gainesville police officer has been fired after an internal affairs investigation found he had sex with a 19-year-old woman he arrested for shoplifting. The Gainesville Sun reported Friday that inv...
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
Nov 28, 2014 6:55 pm
Broward cities have had a tense relationship with the homeless who live here.
Nov 28, 2014 6:47 pm
Detectives from the Broward Sheriff's Office are investigating the shooting of an active-duty sailor in North Lauderdale.
Nov 28, 2014 6:12 pm
A peer calls Pompano Beach Firefighter/Paramedic Marc Piper one of the "shamans" of Fire Rescue Station 52, but his healing powers proved to be extraordinary for one couple whose hearts stop...
Nov 28, 2014 5:32 pm
One man's trash may be another man's treasure, especially when bidding on the contents of abandoned public storage units, but what if that treasured trash is stolen?
Nov 28, 2014 4:57 pm
A man was hospitalized in serious condition after falling over a guardrail into traffic while trying to walk across University Drive early Friday, authorities said.
Nov 28, 2014 4:35 pm
The work to build a highway within an existing highway is only beginning, but already Interstate 75 looks like a major construction zone.
Nov 28, 2014 11:46 am
If you're shopping on Black Friday and the day after, what's one more toy to pick up?
Nov 28, 2014 11:45 am
The call came from our bank: Someone in Chicago was using my husband's debit card to purchase booze at a liquor store while we were in Florida.
Nov 28, 2014 10:58 am
The police department's aging fleet is gradually being infused with new vehicles after years when the recession put the brakes on purchasing.
Nov 28, 2014 10:42 am
South Florida coin collectors have something new to be thankful for this holiday season. On Dec. 4, the U.S. Mint will unveil the Everglades quarter, the latest in its America the Beautiful quarters p...
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