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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
Jul 31, 2014 4:17 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- Ah, yes, David Price's final start as a Ray (sixth in a series). A 5-0 loss to Milwaukee at the Trop on Wednesday, seven innings from Price, his first loss in six weeks. So let it be...
Jul 31, 2014 4:17 am
TAMPA -- Fresh from a day off Tuesday and spurred by a practice schedule devoted almost exclusively to red zone work, the Bucs turned in their most physical and spirited workout of training camp Wedne...
Jul 31, 2014 4:16 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- Pinellas County school officials are looking at a new state pilot program to help at-risk boys turn their lives around by eliminating daily distractions -- mainly, girls. School dis...
Jul 31, 2014 4:15 am
CLEARWATER -- With convenient flights through Panama and a new visa waiver program, Tampa Bay area business leaders have their eyes on Chile as a future trade partner. In December, the mayors of Tamp...
Jul 31, 2014 4:15 am
TAMPA -- His mentor has moved on, but don't think Johnthan Banks feels like a lost soul at training camp. The second-year cornerback of the Buccaneers is on a mission to prove to a new coaching staff ...
Jul 31, 2014 4:06 am
TAMPA -- It was almost a week ago that the Bucs parted ways with projected starting left guard Carl Nicks. It wasn't until Wednesday, however, that they officially released him and filled his spot on ...
Jul 31, 2014 4:01 am
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays came up short Wednesday in their quest to reach .500, falling to the Brewers 5-0 at Tropicana Field. It was only the Rays' second loss in their last 13 games. "We did g...
Jul 31, 2014 4:00 am
BEIJING - The owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut restaurant chains said Thursday a food safety scandal in China has hurt sales and might be severe enough to cut into the company's global profit. Yum Bran...
Jul 31, 2014 3:59 am
MILWAUKEE -- Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati have an agreement to merge broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public...
Jul 31, 2014 3:35 am
The corner of Gandy Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway was once home to the Crosstown Inn motel that catered to a distinctly discount-seeking customer. Now, after a rezoning, the corner is fast turning ...
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
Jul 31, 2014 4:00 am
A long-running Boynton Beach charter school was shut down Wednesday because it received its second failing grade from the state.
Jul 30, 2014 11:11 pm
Plan to have newlywed husband murdered in Boynton Beach in 2009 got worldwide attentionDalia Dippolito -- the Boynton Beach newlywed convicted in a murder-for-hire plot targeting her now ex-husband --...
Jul 30, 2014 10:34 pm
A lawyer who's running in one of the most hotly contested judicial races in Broward has dramatically altered his campaign pitch during the course of his campaign.
Jul 30, 2014 9:59 pm
The second case of chikungunya fever -- also called Chikv -- has been confirmed in Palm Beach County, according to officials with the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County.
Jul 30, 2014 9:26 pm
A Fort Lauderdale man tried to suffocate his terminally ill father and yelled out, "Let me do what I need to do!" while on a tequila-fueled tirade at an Ohio nursing home, according to a pol...
Jul 30, 2014 9:06 pm
Center for Science in the Public Interest releases list of high-calorie, high-fat, high-sodium and high-sugar meals served at chain restaurantsHow much are you willing to work out in order to dine out...
Jul 30, 2014 8:08 pm
Lansky Torres, of Lake Worth, facing five counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor A 37-year-old Lake Worth man carried on a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl he met at the church the...
Jul 30, 2014 7:56 pm
The Florida Commission on Ethics has dismissed a complaint against Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis, finding "no probable cause" to believe allegations he misused his position reg...
Jul 30, 2014 7:55 pm
Delray police sergeant's lawsuit says he was a victim of retaliation Delray Police Sgt. Vinnie Gray could walk away with $225,000 and a promotion if commissioners approve a settlement in a whistle-blo...
Jul 30, 2014 5:50 pm
Tropical disturbance, 2 p.m. Wednesday
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