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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
Oct 21, 2014 4:36 am
TAMPA - Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith can't wait to get back to the days when he can go out to practice and watch two healthy quarterbacks throw the ball around. If it hasn't arrived already,...
Oct 21, 2014 4:32 am
TAMPA -- Let the QB controversy begin! Not.Monday, for the first time since Sept. 18 at the Georgia Dome, Josh McCown (you might remember him) threw the football at Bucs practice. So did Mike Glennon,...
Oct 21, 2014 4:23 am
EDMONTON, Alberta - Plenty of eyes were zeroed in on the NHL debut of highly regarded Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin on Monday night in Edmonton. But it was the Oilers' young guns that t...
Oct 21, 2014 4:01 am
Overnight temperatures will be in the upper 60s. Tuesday's highs will be in the mid 80s, the National Weather Service says. Showers are possible Tuesday.
Oct 21, 2014 3:34 am
TAMPA - State Republican Party Chairwoman Leslie Dougher and other local Republican women held a news conference Monday to demand that Charlie Crist, Democratic candidate for governor, return $90,000 ...
Oct 21, 2014 3:27 am
Feel free to take a drink with you if you leave the Columbia Cafe or Ulele Restaurant.
Oct 21, 2014 3:26 am
People younger than 30 are the No. 1 group of unlikely voters
Oct 21, 2014 3:23 am
Leaders discussed a possible partnership with the country's National Aquarium.
Oct 21, 2014 3:20 am
Airport attorney Gigi Rechel is being investigated.
Oct 21, 2014 3:08 am
EDMONTON, Alberta -- The anticipated debut of Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin was supposed to be on hold. But an injury to LW Alex Killorn during the morning skate opened up an opportunity ...
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
Oct 20, 2014 10:54 pm
A man was severely burned after the boat he was on caught fire early Monday, an official said.
Oct 20, 2014 10:14 pm
The head of the troubled department that serves special needs students in Broward County is stepping down.
Oct 20, 2014 9:06 pm
Florida ranks second among all 50 states as having the best business climate, according to a new survey of U.S. corporate executives released Monday at the International Economic Development Council A...
Oct 20, 2014 9:05 pm
Police were investigating the discovery of a man's body found Monday morning behind a Shell gas station on Sunrise Boulevard.
Oct 20, 2014 6:57 pm
Kim Rothstein will have to wait a little longer to finally be rid of her Ponzi schemer husband — and the "Mrs. Scott Rothstein" moniker.
Oct 20, 2014 5:49 pm
Convicted killer James Herard will learn on Friday whether he will get the death penalty for the November 2008 murder of Eric Jean-Pierre in Lauderhill.
Oct 20, 2014 5:47 pm
The Broward County School Board plans to join a statewide trend of opposing high-stakes testing.
Oct 20, 2014 3:09 pm
After attempting to break into a Verizon Store in Coral Springs late Saturday night, a man led police on a 5-mile chase into Tamarac, where he crashed into a police cruiser and two cars, police said S...
Oct 20, 2014 2:20 pm
A Giants-Royals World Series might not seem like the most appealing matchup for South Florida baseball fans. Yet plenty of Broward County aficionados will be tuned in, following a couple of native son...
Oct 20, 2014 1:04 pm
As toll booths disappear from Florida's Turnpike, so apparently is the demand for the kitschy shirts worn by attendants since 1999.
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