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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 Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
Apr 17, 2014 12:14 am
A mother says she's struggling to keep her daughter safe after the teen was allegedly violated by another student in school.
Apr 16, 2014 11:40 pm
A Massachusetts man traveled all the way to Ponte Vedra to adopt a special kitten Wednesday.
Apr 16, 2014 10:03 pm
Teachers, students and coaches at Orange Park High School want to know who shot at an osprey during the school's track meet.
Apr 16, 2014 8:56 pm
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, along with SMG and AEG announced Sir Paul McCartney is coming to Jacksonville in June.
Apr 16, 2014 8:30 pm
Shane Savoy's family finds comfort knowing their loved one is being hailed a hero.
Apr 16, 2014 8:17 pm
Internet retailer Amazon.com is going to start collecting sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians.
Apr 16, 2014 8:11 pm
Two days after the first lunar eclipse in a very long time, there are concerns as to its spiritual implications.
Apr 16, 2014 7:29 pm
An Arlington road is giving drivers a case of the bumps and shakes.
Apr 16, 2014 6:36 pm
Article goes on an in-depth look into the 2013 sexual assault claims against Heisman winner Jameis Winston
Apr 16, 2014 6:30 pm
Theater on a Mission won the art category of One Spark, and got a pretty big check for their efforts.
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Apr 17, 2014 2:53 am
It will be Pat Riley vs. Michael Jordan in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
Apr 17, 2014 2:30 am
A 43-year-old woman has been arrested and accused of practicing medical procedures without a license in the garage of her Pembroke Pines home, police said.
Apr 17, 2014 2:22 am
An avid outdoorsman, Ryan Toogood fishes for sharks in the Atlantic, hikes alligator habitat in the Everglades and even owns a pair of snake-proof boots.
Apr 17, 2014 1:15 am
Thousands of mailboxes could be compromised after an armed robber stole a postal key from a mail carrier in Lauderhill, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
Apr 17, 2014 12:26 am
Leaders try to ease concerns about noise, delays WASHINGTON — Plans to link South Florida to Orlando with speedy passenger-train service brought an initial burst of excitement from promoters...
Apr 16, 2014 11:56 pm
Apr 16, 2014 11:23 pm
The judge did a double-take and there were giggles aplenty in bond court Wednesday when a bailiff announced the name of a man arrested for drug possession: Edward Cocaine.
Apr 16, 2014 11:12 pm
The city is trying to take back its streets — and sidewalks and downtown and parks — from the many homeless people who live here, leaving critics with an unanswered question: What ...
Apr 16, 2014 10:32 pm
Anthem of Seas pulled from Port Everglades, redeployed to Cape Liberty, N.J. In a move that at least one South Florida cruise industry specialists calls “shocking,” Royal Caribbean...
Apr 16, 2014 10:31 pm
When a Miramar woman saw her 20-month-old daughter floating face down in a relative's pool, she thought it was a bad dream.
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