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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
Mar 11, 2014 12:07 am
The Trinity Christian Conquerors held their team banquet Monday night at the Crowne Plaza hotel downtown.
Mar 11, 2014 12:04 am
No 'crime,' no punishment: residents complain sloppy police work led to felony charges being dropped.
Mar 10, 2014 10:16 pm
Raw Video: Pregant mom drives van into the ocean on Daytona Beach
Mar 10, 2014 9:25 pm
The U.S. Marshals Task Force arrested former Winn-Dixie employee in Birmingham, Al., in connection to local burglaries.
Mar 10, 2014 8:46 pm
Doctor Tom Hilton is a cardiologist at Baptist Beaches Medical Center, and is our Hero Next Door.
Mar 10, 2014 6:43 pm
Florida Governor Rick Scott announced Monday more funding to help JAXPORT.
Mar 10, 2014 6:25 pm
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin is now a free agent.
Mar 10, 2014 1:38 pm
Michael Dunn will not get a new trial, at least for the attempted murder convictions.
Mar 10, 2014 1:14 pm
According to the Florida Department of Health, Florida's HIV/AIDS cases are growing at an alarming rate.
Mar 10, 2014 9:39 am
A group home for teens that opened five years ago in Jacksonville is set to close in April after never being able to fill to capacity with the youths it sought to help.
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Mar 11, 2014 5:10 am
LeBron James was back Monday night. Back with his shooting stroke, back with his scoring edge, back in the win column.
Mar 11, 2014 1:57 am
Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross has proposed paying upward of $400 million in renovations to Sun Life Stadium in exchange for not having to pay $3.8 million in annual taxes and turning stadium managem...
Mar 11, 2014 1:16 am
Advances in medicine have meant the most seriously battlefield-injured soldiers survive more often than in wars past. And one Boca Raton family is working at making those lives as easy as possible.&am...
Mar 10, 2014 11:43 pm
Buyers of hotel condo units thought he was project's developerWould a buyer who negotiated to pay between $500,000 and $3 million for a luxury condo before the real estate market crash of 2009 have to...
Mar 10, 2014 11:28 pm
Mar 10, 2014 11:24 pm
TALLAHASSEE — Civil-rights activist Al Sharpton is expected to lead a march and rally today to protest Florida's "stand your ground" self-defense law in the state capital. ...
Mar 10, 2014 10:52 pm
Superintendent Robert Runcie is making great strides toward turning around Broward County schools, his bosses say.
Mar 10, 2014 10:37 pm
A lot of residents in a seaside condominium community woke up Monday to find that their vehicles had been broken into.
Mar 10, 2014 10:20 pm
Barbara Jean O'Brien, 64, facing chargeA Delray Beach woman threw her 83-year-old mother's walker across the room, slapped her, pushed her, and then shook her, accordint to a city police report.&n...
Mar 10, 2014 10:13 pm
If you are driving in Broward County, there's no escaping construction of tolled express lanes on the interstates this year.
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