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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
Dec 5, 2013 2:16 pm
The USS New York and a crew of about 360 left Norfolk, Virginia this morning and is headed here to Mayport Naval Station. Our very own Andrew Capasso is on board sending back great photos. It is the ...
Dec 5, 2013 2:16 pm
A Southeast Georgia defense contractor had a big role in designing and building components for the USS New York that will be make its homeport in Mayport.
Dec 5, 2013 1:15 pm
Tonight First Coast News along with the "I'm a Star Foundation" will help nearly 2,000 of our community's homeless students.
Dec 5, 2013 6:07 am
The effort to try and rescue more than 40 short finned whales in south Florida will continue Thursday.
Dec 4, 2013 11:54 pm
Being a parent is no easy job. I have two small children and can tell you that firsthand.
Dec 4, 2013 10:49 pm
TSA could use spare change to help military families.
Dec 4, 2013 10:49 pm
There have been 134 traffic fatalities so far this year in Jacksonville. Police say they're seeing a dangerous rise in deadly accidents, and as a result there's now a new push underway.
Dec 4, 2013 8:52 pm
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office need your help in finding 79-year-old May Eva Johnson.
Dec 4, 2013 8:15 pm
They've been playing football for 100 years at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, and it has been 34 years since their last Deaf National Championship.
Dec 4, 2013 8:09 pm
The first day was busy. Lots of military moving all around the ship.
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Dec 5, 2013 6:34 pm
After just two days of testimony in a lawsuit over the sale of designer knockoffs, Coach Inc. and the Swap Shop flea market reached a settlement of their dispute in court Thursday morning. &a...
Dec 5, 2013 6:26 pm
The Miami Heat will be without Chris Andersen for Thursday night's nationally televised game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center because of what the team listed as personal reasons.&nb...
Dec 5, 2013 4:45 pm
Dwyane Wade has his impending television series, his semi-autobiographic look at basketball life as a single father.
Dec 5, 2013 4:43 pm
A glimmer of hope appeared for the whales trapped near Everglades National Park, as reports Thursday morning indicated they had left the beaching area and headed into deeper water. ...
Dec 5, 2013 3:22 pm
South Florida, where were you on Sunday? Most likely watching TV. Six of the 12 most watched shows last week in Fort Lauderdale/Miami aired on Sunday. WFOR-Channel 4's broadcast of the NFL game betwee...
Dec 5, 2013 3:10 pm
Twice-daily route will operate with 100-seat Embraer190 aircraftOfficials from JetBlue Airways and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will celebrate the airline’s inaugural flig...
Dec 5, 2013 10:30 am
Some students at the University of Miami have been temporarily relocated to a Coral Gables hotel because bed bugs were found in their dormitory rooms, WPLG-Ch. 10 is reporting. &...
Dec 5, 2013 9:45 am
It should be mostly sunny and warm again today - and straight through the weekend.
Dec 5, 2013 5:23 am
BOSTON (Reuters) - Security experts have uncovered a trove of some 2 million stolen passwords to websites including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo from Internet users across the globe. &...
Dec 5, 2013 5:00 am
Ford Motor Co. unveiled the sixth generation of its Mustang on Wednesday night, nearly 50 years after the original debuted at the New York Worlds Fair.
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