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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
Aug 3, 2015 6:44 pm
Several roads throughout the Tampa Bay area are closed this morning, just days after torrential rains caused devastating flooding. In addition, a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for Anclote...
Aug 3, 2015 6:07 pm
While our social media feeds were filled with images of the devastating flooding around the Tampa Bay region, some folks chose to take a lighter approach. Here are a few of our favorites memes.
Aug 3, 2015 5:55 pm
WASHINGTON - House Republicans said Monday that they have the GOP votes to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal as Democrats stepped up their support of the agreement the Obama administration and other...
Aug 3, 2015 5:53 pm
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Aug 3, 2015 5:46 pm
Amazon's distribution centers in Ruskin and Lakeland will add 2,000 jobs in the coming months, Gov. Rick Scott announced today. The centers currently employ more than 2,000 workers. "I am excited...
Aug 3, 2015 5:01 pm
ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's top companies lost billions in market value in a matter of minutes on Monday, when the stock exchange plunged upon reopening after a five-week closure and investors worrie...
Aug 3, 2015 5:01 pm
Republicans will likely lose Monday's Senate showdown over halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Yet the political offensive by abortion foes has just started, prompted by a batch of unsettling v...
Aug 3, 2015 4:54 pm
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Aug 3, 2015 4:42 pm
Florida's wildlife management commission on Monday started selling permits for bear hunting for the first time in two decades, despite a legal challenge to the hunt. The permits for the hunt during th...
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NEW PORT RICHEY -- With flooding on the Anclote River expected to hit an all-time high Monday afternoon, Pasco County officials discouraged from driving people from driving in flood-prone areas of wes...
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May 10, 2014 5:49 pm
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South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Aug 3, 2015 7:29 pm
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is outlining a six-point strategy to bolster security at the nation's border and overhaul its immigration laws.
Aug 3, 2015 7:06 pm
A summer deluge has flooded streets in the Tampa Bay area, forcing some road closings and evacuations, delaying airline flights and overtaxing parts of local wastewater treatment systems.
Aug 3, 2015 7:01 pm
Five Republican presidential candidates wooed donors at a weekend retreat where billionaire industrialist Charles Koch warned America is "done for" if conservatives don't rally others to the...
Aug 3, 2015 6:59 pm
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Aug 3, 2015 5:26 pm
A Florida-based health care technology company says it's planning to hire 300 people in Decatur.
Aug 3, 2015 5:12 pm
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Aug 3, 2015 4:49 pm
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Aug 3, 2015 4:45 pm
Gov. Rick Scott is targeting health insurers participating in the state's Medicaid care program, accusing them of negotiating hospital rates that are too high.
Aug 3, 2015 4:15 pm
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Aug 3, 2015 10:30 am
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