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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
Dec 18, 2014 7:23 pm
WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the Obama administration's decision to renew diplomatic ties with Cuba won't impact immigration rules just yet. President Barack Obama announ...
Dec 18, 2014 6:59 pm
The Florida Public Service Commision approved Florida Power & Light Co.'s request. If successful, the project could save an average FPL residential customer nearly $2 per year, according to commis...
Dec 18, 2014 6:30 pm
NEW YORK -- The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business. The fallout from th...
Dec 18, 2014 5:59 pm
Statewide, 71 percent -- or 368 -- of all high schools received an A or B, down from 83 percent in 2013, according to data released by the Florida Department of Education.
Dec 18, 2014 5:54 pm
LAND O' LAKES -- Most high schools in Pasco County earned an A or a B for the 2013-14 academic year and none earned a D or F, according to data released Thursday morning by the Florida Department of E...
Dec 18, 2014 5:26 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL -- The two men assigned to a one-year spaceflight say their upcoming mission will allow the world to push deeper into space. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kor...
Dec 18, 2014 5:21 pm
WASHINGTON -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that starting to trade with Cuba "is probably a good idea" and that the lengthy economic embargo against the communist island "just h...
Dec 18, 2014 5:13 pm
SEATTLE - Amazon says it is offering one-hour delivery of thousands of basic products to its Prime customers in Manhattan. The online retail giant rolled out the service, known as Prime Now, to selec...
Dec 18, 2014 4:58 pm
TAMPA -- With his wife and four kids at the family's North Carolina home, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown has been living a bachelor's life this season. That is not the lifestyle the 35-...
Dec 18, 2014 4:31 pm
Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered, from Christmas concerts with Trace Adkins or Pharrell to a lighted boat parade on the Tampa waterfront. NEW AT THE MOVIES Now playin...
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
Dec 18, 2014 6:57 pm
A hotel security guard is accused of providing rooms for pimping at least two teenage prostitutes in Fort Lauderdale, police said.
Dec 18, 2014 5:27 pm
Broward Circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato's DUI and reckless driving trial continued early Thursday with testimony from a 911 caller and the Boca Raton police officer who pulled her over.
Dec 18, 2014 5:06 pm
Term limits continue to remake the Broward County Commission, so today we look at new Commissioner Beam Furr.
Dec 18, 2014 4:35 pm
They're critically ill, short on money and even shorter on time. But many patients find solace – and a quick free ride to a specialty hospital – on the wings of Vital Flight.
Dec 18, 2014 4:21 pm
Police in this 4-square-mile town have fired on citizens eight times in the past five years — sometimes with deadly consequences.
Dec 18, 2014 2:45 pm
Commissioners aren't happy that Beach Place officials didn't provide a security plan by the Dec. 4 deadline, but they held off from stripping the outdoor mall of its late-night alcohol privileges. ...
Dec 18, 2014 10:47 am
Coral Springs will get a new City Hall in the future downtown after all, officials decided Wednesday night.
Dec 18, 2014 7:12 am
The dingy downtown water tower could be transformed into an iconic fixture that puts the city's name up in lights with ever-changing colors picked by the public.
Dec 18, 2014 5:07 am
Commissioners won't let one of the city's historic homes be demolished – and a significant, centuries-old Indian mound face potential harm – without first reviewing the case themse...
Dec 18, 2014 4:00 am
An 81-year-old woman is in critical condition after she was struck by a car Wednesday evening while crossing a street near her home in Pembroke Pines.
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