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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.
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 rolling 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).
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Boca Raton News
Bradford County Telegraph
Hernando Today (Brooksville)
- Spanish language daily
Centro Mi Diario (Tampa)
- Spanish language daily
Citrus County Chronicle
Daytona Beach News Journal
Diario Las Americas
Florida Times Union
- Miami Spanish Language Daily newspaper
- Daily newspaper of Jacksonville, Florida
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale)
- Daily newspaper of Brevard County, Florida
Fort Myers News-Press (Southwest Florida On-Line)
Fort Pierce News
Fort Pierce Tribune
Jackson County Floridan
Key West Citizen
Lake City Reporter
Lake Region Monitor (Clay County)
Leesburg Daily Commercial
Naples Daily News Online
Northwest Florida Daily News
El Nuevo Herald
- Daily Newspaper for Walton, Okaloosa, and Santa Rosa Counties
Ocala Star Banner
- Miami Herald's Spanish Language Daily newspaper
South Marion Citizen (Ocala)
Palatka Daily News
Palm Beach Daily News
Palm Beach Post
Panama City News Herald
Port St. Lucie News
The St. Augustine Record
St. Lucie Tribune
St. Petersburg Times
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Sumter County Times
Union County Times
Vero Beach Press-Journal
Wakulla County News
Winter Haven News Chief
The Villages Daily Sun
- Daily newspaper for The Villages
Baker County Press
Baker County Standard
- Niceville, Fla.(subscription information only)
- Brevard County's independent weekly newspaper
Cape Coral Barometer
- Monthly independent arts and culture publication for Cape Coral and Lee County
Cedar Key Beacon
- Weekly newspaper for Tallahassee
- Weekly newspaper from the Florida Keys (Not currently publishing)
East Orlando Sun
Fernandina Beach News-Leader
Florida Keys Keynoter
Florida Keys News
- Biweekly paper published in Marathon Key, Florida
- Links to articles of last four weeks. Biweekly articles combined into weekly update for internet site
Florida Sentinel Bulletin
- Serves Tampa's African American Community
- Serves Tampa and surrounding communities in Spanish, English, and Italian
Gulf Breeze News
- Alternative monthly for the Tampa area
Gulf County Star
El Heraldo de Broward
Hendry-Glades County News
Jackson County Floridan
Holmes County Times-Advertiser
- Bonifay, FL
Lake City News
Lake Wales News
Lee County Examiner
Madison County Carrier & The Madison Enterprise-Recorder
- Serves North Fort Myers and Southwest Florida
Marco Island Eagle
Marco Island Sun Times
- Serves Citrus, Marion, and Levy Counties
- Southwest Florida biweekly Spanish language newspaper
Our Town News
Palms West Press
- Weekly newspaper serving Coral Springs, Boca Raton, and Coconut Creek
- Serves Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, and Loxahatchee
Polk County Democrat
Port St. Joe Star
- Spanish language biweekly serving Miami/Ft. Lauderdale
The Record (Gainesville)
The Seminole Herald
Sun & Weekly Herald
- Serves Seminole County
South Florida Sun
- Serves Port Charlotte
Tampa Bay Scene
Tampa Bay Sun
Upper Keys Times
Washington County News
- Chipley, FL
West Side Gazette
- Based in Central Florida, distributed throughout State Gay and Lesbian
Williston Pioneer Sun News
- Broward County's oldest and largest African American owned and operated newspaper
- Serves the Williston area of Levy County
Daily Business Review
- Business journals online from major cities around the country, including Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Orlando, and the South Florida region.
- Daily newspaper focusing on coverage of law, real estate and finance in South Florida
Jacksonville Daily Record
- Daily business news of Orlando and South Florida
- Twice-weekly student newspaper of Florida International University
FSView and the Florida Flambeau
- Weekly newspaper of Florida Gulf Coast University
- Twice-weekly independent student newspaper of Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Independent Florida Alligator
- Student newspaper of University of Central Florida
Miami Hurricane Online
- Daily newspaper of the University of Florida campus, Gainesville, Florida
- Semi-weekly newspaper of the University of Miami campus, Miami, Florida
- Student newspaper of the University of Tampa
- Weekly newspaper of Stetson University
- Weekly newspaper of the University of Central Florida campus, Orlando, Florida
- Daily newspaper of the University of South Florida campus
- University of West Florida student newspaper
Lake City Journal
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Florida's interstates, state highways and U.S. Highways are maintained by the Florida Department of Transportation.
Florida's interstate highway system contains 1,473 miles (2,371 km) of highway, and there are 9,934 miles (15,987 km) of non-interstate highway in the state, such as Florida state highways and U.S. Highways.
Florida's primary interstate routes include:
* I-4, which bisects the state, connecting Tampa, Lakeland, Orlando, and Daytona Beach, having junctions with I-95 at Daytona Beach and I-75 at Tampa.
* I-10, which traverses the panhandle, connecting Jacksonville, Lake City, Tallahassee and Pensacola, having junctions with I-95 at Jacksonville and I-75 at Lake City.
* I-75, which enters the state near Lake City (45 miles west of Jacksonville) and continues southward through Gainesville, Ocala, Tampa's eastern suburbs, Bradenton, Sarasota, and Fort Myers to Naples, where it crosses the "Alligator Alley" as a toll road to Fort Lauderdale before turning southward and terminating in Hialeah/Miami Lakes having junctions with I-10 at Lake City and I-4 at Tampa.
* I-95, which enters the state near Jacksonville and continues along the Atlantic Coast through Daytona Beach, Melbourne/Titusville, Palm Bay, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Stuart, West Palm Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale before terminating in Miami, having junctions with I-10 at Jacksonville and I-4 at Daytona Beach.
Florida's secondary interstate routes include:
* I-110, a spur from I-10 into downtown Pensacola.
* I-175, which connects I-275 to southern downtown St. Petersburg.
* I-195, an extension of Miami's Airport Expressway (S.R. 112); a spur eastward from I-95 to Miami Beach.
* I-275, a sixty-mile (100 km) westward loop from I-75 north of Ellenton, over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, through St. Petersburg, to Tampa International Airport and downtown Tampa, reconnecting with I-75 in Tampa's northern suburbs.
* I-295, a partial beltway around Jacksonville that will loop completely around the city by 2007.
* I-375, which connects I-275 to northern downtown St. Petersburg.
* I-395, an extension of Miami's Dolphin Expressway (S.R. 836); a spur eastward from I-95 to Miami Beach.
* I-595, which connects I-75, I-95, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades.
Florida has several toll roads, totaling 515 miles (830 km) of the state highway system. Major toll roads include:
* I-75, as it passes through the Everglades between Naples and Fort Lauderdale has been grandfathered as a toll road from its original construction as S.R. 84
* Florida's Turnpike, which begins at Interstate 75 south of Ocala and continues southeast through Orlando, Port Saint Lucie, and south through the western suburbs of Fort Lauderdale and Miami to Homestead
For more information about the myriad secondary toll expressways in Florida, see articles detailing roads maintained by the Florida Turnpike Authority, the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, and the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority.
Florida's major international airports, which processed more than 15 million passengers in 2005, are Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (22,390,285), Miami International Airport (31,008,453), Orlando International Airport (34,128,048) and Tampa International Airport (19,045,390).
Secondary airports, with annual passenger traffic exceeding 5 million in 2005, include Jacksonville International Airport (5,741,652), Palm Beach International Airport (West Palm Beach) (7,014,237) and Southwest Florida International Airport (Fort Myers) (7,518,169).
Other smaller, regional airports with commercial service (with passengers served in 2005, where available) include those at Daytona Beach (615,841), Fort Walton Beach, Gainesville (345,788), Key West, Melbourne (466,367) ,Naples, Panama City (382,551), Pensacola (1,638,605), Sarasota-Bradenton (1,337,571), St. Petersburg-Clearwater (596,510) and Tallahassee (1,129,947). Sanford (1,649,237) is primarily served by international charter airlines.