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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
May 30, 2016 6:39 am
Memories remain vivid for John Harper, who was an Air Force dental technician. The rush of helicopters. Black body bags stacked everywhere. The stench of death. Today is a stark reminder. "Memori...
May 30, 2016 6:38 am
Silver Airways became the only air carrier to offer nonstop flights from Tampa to Nassau last week. And they're just getting started.
May 30, 2016 6:30 am
A Friday night crash that killed a 38-year-old man and left two hurt signaled a troubling start to a holiday weekend that sees more boats out than usual and, with them, a higher risk of crashes.
May 27, 2016 11:27 am
Have you made your Memorial Day weekend plans? Here are a few suggestions.
May 27, 2016 7:42 am
The demand for bourbon, coupled with a shortage of wood for the barrels in which bourbon soaks, has created a shortage. And bars and liquor stores throughout Tampa Bay are scrambling to manage their i...
May 27, 2016 7:26 am
With ex-Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor a year into retirement and busy with police chief consultant work in other cities, talk of her running for mayor persists. Columnist Sue Carlton writes Castor is...
May 27, 2016 7:19 am
The Lightning's season of destiny came one goal short of its mission, one game shy of a return trip to the Stanley Cup, columnist Tom Jones writes. Not even the stunning return of Steven Stamkos could...
May 26, 2016 1:20 pm
Dickey's Barbecue Pit, a Dallas barbecue chain that is the largest in the nation, has opened its first location in Hillsborough County.
May 26, 2016 8:49 am
Nicole G. Nachtman, tracked down by investigators in Tallahassee, had a difficult relationship with her mother leading up to the 2015 deaths in Carrollwood, court documents show.
May 26, 2016 8:00 am
I just finished reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and I'm offended. Not by the language, and not by the references to sex and drugs. Not by the unseen suicide, and not by the unseen pedophile. ...
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Apr 15, 2016 11:30 am
Scholars from across the nation are in Beaufort discussing the first capital of colonial Spanish Florida, which was in South Carolina, not Florida. This month marks the 450th anniversary of the foundi...
Apr 15, 2016 11:00 am
Florida's job growth is slowing down although the state's unemployment rate still dipped slightly. State officials say Florida's unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in March. That's lower than th...
Apr 15, 2016 10:20 am
Five "Fantasy 5" tickets had all five winning numbers to each earn a jackpot of $46,008.15 each. The Florida Lottery said Friday that two of the winning tickets were purchased Miami and the ...
Apr 15, 2016 10:20 am
They are the land mines of the sea, killing long after being forgotten. Abandoned or lost fishing gear, including traps, crab pots and nets, litter the ocean floor in coastal areas around the world. M...
Apr 15, 2016 9:40 am
The barefoot farmer oversees three teenage workers as they attack weeds with spades in a sunbaked field of peanut plants, a vital cash crop often grown on Haiti's marginal farmland. If he's lucky, Fra...
Apr 15, 2016 8:40 am
Construction on the southern end of the SunRail system is underway in central Florida. The project to expand the commuter rail into Osceola County began in April and will be complete in 2018. The Orla...
Apr 15, 2016 6:50 am
A South Florida police officer is accused of inappropriately touching two boys. The Broward Sheriff's Office arrested Coconut Creek police officer Daniel Rush on Thursday. He's charged with custodial ...
Apr 15, 2016 4:50 am
A Cuban law that bars anyone born on the island from returning by ship is discriminatory and should be eliminated, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday. Kerry said the policy discriminates agai...
Apr 15, 2016 4:00 am
Officials say dozens of dogs have been rescued from a house fire in Dania Beach. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles tells local media outlets that at least 34 dogs were pulled out of t...
Apr 15, 2016 4:00 am
More than 30 dogs were rescued from a fire at what authorities in South Florida called a hoarder house. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Michael Jachles told The Associated Press the fire was rep...
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