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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 21, 2014 3:51 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- From the moment the baseball left his hand, Kirby Yates knew it was a mistake. He wanted to throw a fastball up to Victor Martinez with the bases loaded in the seventh inning Wednesd...
Aug 21, 2014 3:48 am
CLEARWATER -- Pinellas County has a plethora of community service organizations, but they have long struggled to work together to reach their full potential. Community leaders are hopeful that will c...
Aug 21, 2014 3:47 am
BROOKSVILLE -- The Hernando County School District closed an investigation into who released academic records of school board member John Sweeney's son with inconclusive findings. The academic records...
Aug 21, 2014 3:47 am
CLEARWATER -- Owners of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium are likely this fall to ask the county's Tourism Development Council for millions of dollars of bed-tax revenue to help pay for ambitious plans f...
Aug 21, 2014 3:46 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- Being a Rays fan often carries a heavy price. This afternoon, when the Rays close out a three-game series against Detroit, the hometown fans will be reminded of that cost as David Pr...
Aug 21, 2014 3:34 am
TAMPA - After a meeting with climate scientists to talk about global warming, Gov. Rick Scott still won't say whether he accepts the conclusions of science about human activity and climate change. Ins...
Aug 21, 2014 2:37 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- OF Wil Myers returned to the Rays' lineup Wednesday after missing 70 games with a right wrist fracture intent on proving his play before the injury was a false indication of his abil...
Aug 21, 2014 2:33 am
TALLAHASSEE -- A Harvard University political science professor hired to help the plaintiffs challenging the state's congressional maps in court faced a blistering round of questions Wednesday from at...
Aug 21, 2014 2:21 am
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extrem...
Aug 21, 2014 2:09 am
TAMPA - Sunny. Check. Hot. Check. Unbearable. Double check. "These temperatures are above normal for this time of year," said Andrew McKaughan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Serv...
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
Aug 20, 2014 11:51 pm
The seven young adults who traipsed through Ray Allen’s home last week in the middle of the night were charged Wednesday with trespassing of an occupied structure — a first-degree ...
Aug 20, 2014 11:27 pm
Polo exec wants to challenge woman at DUI manslaughter retrialWellington polo executive John Goodman's defense attorneys are challenging the credibility of a key state witness in his upcoming DUI mans...
Aug 20, 2014 11:18 pm
A Palm Beach County judicial candidate facing questions after she vowed to support the stance of a pro-life group retracted her pledge Wednesday.
Aug 20, 2014 11:02 pm
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, stopped at a Hobby Lobby store in her district on Wednesday to alert people to the store's existe...
Aug 20, 2014 11:00 pm
With LeBron gone, he's now South Florida's best athleteDenver has Peyton Manning. Los Angeles has Clayton Kershaw. Pittsburgh has Sidney Crosby. Boston has Tom Brady. Oklahoma City has Kevin Durant. A...
Aug 20, 2014 10:46 pm
Incredible footage was released recently on YouTube of a 4-foot-long blacktip shark being eaten in a single bite by a Goliath Grouper as it was being reeled toward a fisherman's boat, purportedly off ...
Aug 20, 2014 10:32 pm
Palm Beach County trash fees are increasing a little to counter rising expenses.
Aug 20, 2014 9:42 pm
Kids get Common Core, some parents need common sense Good morning, parents. Welcome to another exciting school year at the Common Sense Academy.
Aug 20, 2014 9:18 pm
Doctors treating Jim Kelly for sinus cancer said there is no longer evidence of cancer in the Hall of Fame quarterback. "The treatments so far have completely eliminated Mr. Kelly's pain, and his...
Aug 20, 2014 9:03 pm
Church members passed out fliers, scuba divers searched a canal, police investigated leads, and David McBride endured every parent's worst fear for five days.
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