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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
Mar 4, 2015 4:50 am
WASHINGTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a new set of questions about ethics and transparency -- the sort that have dogged her and husband Bill for decades. The latest disclosure, that Clinton u...
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Adrian Peterson is scheduled to meet with Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer in Houston on...
Mar 4, 2015 4:47 am
The NFL calendar officially flips to 2015 with the start of free agency. A three-day negotiating period begins Saturday, allowing teams and prospective free agents to begin the matchmaking process. On...
Mar 4, 2015 4:47 am
TAMPA -- When Tampa comedian Jack Espinosa and Nat King Cole were booked on the same Cuban television show in the 1950s, Espinosa was the headliner. And for good reason: In Cuba, Espinosa was the bigg...
Mar 4, 2015 4:45 am
PORT CHARLOTTE -- DH John Jaso never thought of himself as a leadoff hitter until he found himself batting first for the Rays against the Rangers early in the 2010 season. He doesn't consider himself ...
Mar 4, 2015 4:45 am
TAMPA -- University of South Florida junior point guard Anthony Collins often resembles a solitary figure. He's at the gym working out during ungodly hours. He competes at a high level, arriving early...
Mar 4, 2015 4:45 am
PORT CHARLOTTE -- Rocco Baldelli is back, wearing one of his old baseball gloves that he fished out of the back of his closet and carrying a fungo bat that he's trying to master. He wears No. 15 now a...
Mar 4, 2015 4:43 am
GAINESVILLE - Dorian Finney-Smith scored 12 points before fouling out in the closing minutes, and Florida held on to beat Texas A&M 65-62 Tuesday night despite more free-throw woes. The Gators...
Mar 4, 2015 4:40 am
TAMPA -- Back at his home in Russia, Andrei Vasilevskiy holds all his hockey keepsakes in a special room. Medals, sticks, score sheets and jerseys are lined up around the walls. There are pucks and pe...
Mar 4, 2015 4:32 am
Two Lake Wales police officers were shot when responding to a call Tuesday night but were expected to survive, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
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Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park
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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'
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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.
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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
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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
Mar 4, 2015 3:31 am
FORT LAUDERDALE — City commissioners gave the green light to a long-delayed Broward County substance abuse treatment facility on Tuesday, after neighborhood traffic concerns threatened to cr...
Mar 4, 2015 12:10 am
Police are asking for help in identifying two women accused of stealing about $400 worth of beauty products and diapers from a drugstore in Miramar.
Mar 3, 2015 11:58 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE — Construction is starting to boom in the city, so much so that commissioners approved a request to hire 11 more employees to deal with building permits.
Mar 3, 2015 10:48 pm
Defense attorneys, a Pembroke Pines police officer and a reporter were among the victims of a public records debacle at the Hollywood Police Department that resulted from two high-ranking officers del...
Mar 3, 2015 10:17 pm
A Weston parent urged the Broward School Board on Tuesday to fire a teacher he claims called his son a "rag-head Taliban."
Mar 3, 2015 10:12 pm
In the heart of Broward County is a zone of economic depression that even the most dramatic real estate boom didn't lift out of poverty.
Mar 3, 2015 9:36 pm
TALLAHASSEE Dog track veterinarians and greyhound owners would be required to tell the state within seven days whenever racing dogs are injured, under a bill unanimously passed by the Florida Senate ...
Mar 3, 2015 9:01 pm
Schools in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties will suspend online testing for the third day in a row on Wednesday after hearing reports that students across the state continued experiencing g...
Mar 3, 2015 8:33 pm
The City of Weston and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue have received the highest public protection classification from the Insurance Services Office, rated as Class 1, officials announced.
Mar 3, 2015 5:50 pm
If things had gone Nan Rich's way, she'd be in the governor's mansion right now. Instead, she's reduced to setting her sights on a County Commission seat, something she said just months ago that she &...
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