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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
Apr 1, 2015 3:54 am
TAMPA -- It's not just a successful run. It's bigger than a dynasty. It's dependable, precise, coldly efficient. It's much more than a juggernaut in women's college basketball. It's ... it's ... a mac...
Apr 1, 2015 3:53 am
PORT CHARLOTTE -- Who is the closer? Maybe the question should be: Who's not? The Tampa Bay Rays enter the regular season with six relievers on their active roster who have totaled 164 career saves, t...
Apr 1, 2015 3:53 am
TAMPA -- During afternoon rush hour, 53 percent of commuters in the Tampa metro area are mired in gridlock. In the mornings, 34 percent sit in traffic. This region ranks 11th in the nation for congest...
Apr 1, 2015 3:53 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- It has come down to Lucy and George. These feathery friends are the last two standing from the original flock of 17 flamingos that came to roost at Sunken Gardens in 1956. And the tr...
Apr 1, 2015 3:45 am
TORONTO -- A night after an emotion filled playoff-type game with a depleted lineup against a team the Lightning are trying to chase down in the standings, Tampa Bay played down to a team at the botto...
Apr 1, 2015 3:23 am
A suspect being served with a search warrant late Tuesday was shot, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. The U.S. Marshals' Office and Tampa Police Department were serving a high-risk search...
Apr 1, 2015 3:05 am
Two teenagers were shot Tuesday night in the College Hills residential area between 25th Avenue East and 29th Street, according to Tampa police. The victims -- an 18-year-old and a 16-year-old -- wer...
Apr 1, 2015 2:49 am
A missing 12-year-old Bradenton boy was found late Monday, Manatee County Sheriff's deputies said. Deputies found Lagvins Germeil shortly before midnight at U.S. 301 and University Parkway. He was in...
Apr 1, 2015 2:49 am
The Florida Aquarium is celebrating its first two decades in a number of ways over a number of days, but Tuesday was the official birthday -- complete with cake for the occupants. "We are now wh...
Apr 1, 2015 2:44 am
PORT CHARLOTTE -- The Rays might have found an answer to their early season pitching troubles when they acquired RHP Erasmo Ramirez on Tuesday night for LHP Mike Montgomery. Ramirez will be on the Ope...
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
Apr 1, 2015 2:21 am
The eastbound lanes of East Broward Boulevard will be closed between Federal Highway and Southeast Eighth Avenue for repairs until 6 a.m. Wednesday and again on Saturday.
Mar 31, 2015 11:08 pm
If you're looking for an excuse to leave work early and you work in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Thursday might be the day to do it.
Mar 31, 2015 9:45 pm
More than a year into Broward's reform of student discipline policies, fewer kids are being hauled away in handcuffs for minor offenses but more students are getting suspended.
Mar 31, 2015 8:25 pm
A Pembroke Pines chiropractor says her storefront office has been crashed into by cars twice in the past two years, most recently on Tuesday.
Mar 31, 2015 8:05 pm
As a Pompano Beach woman picked produce from a Wal-Mart store, a thief picked her pockets.
Mar 31, 2015 7:53 pm
The moment Boris Von Banks realized his prized NFL conference championship ring was gone, his heart sank.
Mar 31, 2015 6:31 pm
TALLAHASSEE -- Write-in candidates could run for office without living in the district in which they're running, under a bill that passed a House subcommittee Tuesday.
Mar 31, 2015 4:35 pm
After being bought out and banished from Hollywood, homeless kingpin Sean Cononie and his band of followers have landed at a new haven: Just outside Haines City, 24 miles from Disney World.
Mar 31, 2015 6:58 am
Like night watchmen who never blink, police surveillance cameras relentlessly stare at more and more streets and parks in South Florida.
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