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    State of Florida - Quick Facts
    Nickname The Sunshine State List
    Capital Tallahassee List
    Motto In God We Trust List
    Largest city Jacksonville (1.6 million) List
    Largest metro Miami metro (6 million) List
    Abbreviation FL List
    Population 20 million (rank: 3) List
    Population density 378 per mile2 (rank: 8) List
    Life expectancy 79.4 (rank: 22) List
    Median age 41.8 years (rank: 46) List
    Area 65,755 mile2 (rank: 22) List
    Median household income $48,825 (rank: 40) List
    Statehood March 3, 1845 (27th state) List
    Mean elevation 100 ft. (30 m) List
    Highest point Britton Hill 345 ft (105 m) List
    Coastline 1,350 miles List
    Governor Rick Scott (R) List
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    Florida is the flattest state in the USA.
    Florida's mean elevation is just 100 ft (30 meters)

    Introduction
    Florida is a state in the southeastern United States. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida and Cuba. Florida is the 22nd biggest state in area, the 3rd largest state by population. Tallahassee is Florida’s state capital.
    Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, approximately 1,350 miles (2,170 km), and is the only state that borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
    Florida is the preferred post-retirement home for many American citizens as the state offers warm weather, classy cuisine and beautiful beaches.

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    How did Florida get its name?

    The Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León is the first known European to visit the region and he called it 'La Florida' (Spanish for "land of flowers"), when he visited it in 1513. It is thought that he chose this name because he was impressed by the many colorful flowers of the region and because he visited it during the Easter season, which is called 'Pascua Florida' in Spanish ('Pascua Florida' is a Spanish term that literally means 'flowery festival', but usually refers to the Easter season)
    The state’s official nickname, the Sunshine State, reflects the its tropical climate and abundant sunlight.
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    Jacksonville is the most populous city in Florida. It is the largest city by area in the contiguous United States.

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    Among all the states in US, Florida has
    the highest percentage of people over 65 (17%)

    Population

    The population of Florida was 20,271,272 on July 1, 2015, a 7.82% increase since the 2010 United States Census. Florida became the third most populous state in the United States as its population exceeded 19.7 million by December 2014, surpassing the population of the state of New York.
    More than 80 percent of the state population live in urban areas. Florida is the fifth fastest growing state for the 63-month period from April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016 as per the United States Census Bureau data.

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    Cities

    The legal name in Florida for a city, town or village is "municipality". In Florida there is no legal difference between towns, villages and cities
    The largest metropolitan area in the state as well as the entire southeastern United States is the Miami metropolitan area, with about 5.8 million people.
    Jacksonville is the most populous municipality in the state and is the largest city by area in the contiguous United States.
    Saint Augustine is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the United States
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    Saint Augustine, Florida is the oldest European settlement in North America.

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    Florida State Symbols
    State Flag State Flag of Florida
    State Seal State seal of Florida
    State Reptile American alligator
    State Bird Northern mockingbird
    State Animal Florida panther
    State Flower Orange blossom
    State Tree Sabal palm
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    Florida is the flattest state in the USA.
    Florida's mean elevation is just 100 ft (30 meters)

    Geography
    Florida ranks 22nd among the states in area, covering 65,755 square miles (170,305 sq km), including 4,672 square miles (12,100 sq km) of inland water and 1,311 square miles (3,395 sq km) of coastal water over which it has jurisdiction. Cape Sable, Florida is the southernmost point of the United States mainland. The peninsula has an average width of about 125 miles (about 200 km). At the southern end of the peninsula the Florida Keys, a chain of 882 small islands, or keys, curve southwestward from Biscayne Bay to the Dry Tortugas. Northern Florida includes a narrow panhandle stretching for about 200 miles (about 300 km) along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Airports

    Florida has 131 public airports.

    Airport Code
    Miami International Airport MIA
    Orlando International Airport MCO
    Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport FLL
    Tampa International Airport TPA
    Southwest Florida International Airport RSW
    Palm Beach International Airport PBI
    Jacksonville International Airport JAX


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    Young aviator Tony Jannus made history on January 1, 1914 when he flew the world's first scheduled passenger service airline flight from St. Petersburg, Florida to Tampa, Florida

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    Florida's largest lake, Lake Okeechobee, is the fourth
    largest natural lake wholly within the United States.

    Rivers & lakes
    The Saint Johns River, measuring 459 km (285 mi), is Florida’s longest river. It rises near the Atlantic Coast at about the middle of the peninsula and then flows northward to the Atlantic Ocean, east of Jacksonville.
    Florida has about 7,700 lakes greater than 10 acres in surface area, most of which are in the lake district of the Florida peninsula. The largest lake in the state is Lake Okeechobee, which also is the fourth largest natural lake wholly within the United States.
    Florida is the only state that has 2 rivers both with the same name.
    There is a Withlacoochee in north central Florida (Madison County) and a Withlacoochee in central Florida. They have nothing in common except the name.

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    Everglades

    The largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, Everglades is a world Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve and a Wetland of International Importance.
    To preserve the plant and animal life of the swamps, part of the Everglades has been set aside as the Everglades National Park.
    Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther.
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    South Florida is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist.

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    Safety Harbor is the home of the historic Espiritu
    Santo Springs. It was named in 1539 by Hernando de Soto.

    Springs
    Florida is noted for its springs, many of which bubble up from large underground reservoirs. Their waters are usually warm, 21°C (70°F) or more, and are very clear. Some of the springs are inhabited by alligators and a variety of fish. Many are fringed with mosses and ferns and are overhung by hardwood trees. A number give rise to swift streams called runs. Springs are also a source of water for major rivers, such as the Saint Johns. The best-known springs are Rainbow Springs, near Dunnellon, and Silver Springs, near Ocala. Each of these springs pours out more than 1.9 billion liters (500 million gallons) a day. Wakulla Spring, near Tallahassee, which is 56 m (185 ft) deep, is Florida’s deepest spring. Blue Springs is also popular with tourists.

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    Key West has the highest average
    temperature of any city in the United States.

    Climate
    Florida’s climate is the state’s most valuable natural resource. Most of the state has a humid subtropical type of climate, but the southern tip of the peninsula has a more tropical climate. The climate attracts millions of tourists and permanent residents who seek sunshine and warmth all year, but particularly in winter. It is also important to growers of crops that are easily damaged by frost, such as citrus fruit and sugarcane.

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    Florida is the largest producer of citrus fruits in US

    Flora (plant life)
    Florida is one of the few areas of the United States where subtropical ferns, trees, and flowering plants flourish. Florida has some of the largest remaining longleaf pine forests.
    The Sabal palm, or cabbage palmetto, is the state tree.
    The bald cypress, pond cypress, black gum, or black tupelo, and water oak grow well in swampy, poorly drained areas. The live oak, so named because unlike other oaks it retains its leaves throughout the year, grows throughout the state. Native flowering plants of note include the southern magnolia, Jamaica dogwood, Spanish bayonet, and rhododendron. Imported plants such as the hibiscus, royal poinciana, bougainvillea, gardenia, and camellia flourish in the warm southern region. The blossom of the orange tree is the state flower.

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    Florida is the largest producer of citrus fruits in US

    Fauna (animal life)
    Florida panther, the only cougar found east of the Mississippi today, is the state animal. The tiny Key deer, found only in the lower Keys, is protected by state and federal law. The manatee, or sea cow, a marine animal that was once hunted almost to extinction, is still occasionally seen along the bays and river estuaries of Florida.
    Florida is the only place in the world where both crocodiles and alligators coexist in the same habitat
    The most substantial bed of living corals in the United States outside Hawaii is found along the southern tip of the peninsula and off the Florida Keys.

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    Cape Canaveral is the launch pad for space flights.

    Science & Technology
    Located on the east coast of Florida, the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is one of ten National Aeronautics and Space Administration field centers. Since December 1968, Kennedy Space Center has been NASA's primary launch center of human spaceflight. Launch operations for the Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs were carried out from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39.
    There are about 700 facilities grouped across the center's 144,000 acres, Among the unique facilities at KSC are the 525 ft tall Vehicle Assembly Building for stacking NASA's largest rockets, Operations and Checkout Building which houses the astronaut crew quarters, and 3-mile-long Shuttle Landing Facility. John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth when he blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on February 20, 1962. Seven years later, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon after Apollo 11 was launched from the nearby Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969.

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    DeFuniak Springs is home to one of the
    very few naturally round lakes in the world

    Economy
    In the late 19th century, Florida’s tourist industry began to develop, with the construction of railroads and resort facilities. In the 20th century tourism became the largest single source of income for the state.

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    Florida is the largest producer of citrus fruits in US

    Agriculture
    Florida ranks first in the nation in the production of oranges and grapefruit. Other kinds of citrus fruits grown include tangerines, tangelos, and limes. Forests cover about 45 percent of Florida’s total land area. The state’s pine forests were noted in earlier centuries as a source of lumber and of pitch and tar, called naval stores, and in the 19th century they were greatly depleted. Florida’s forests are a source of wood used in the manufacture of wood pulp, paper, and paperboard. Naval stores, including turpentine, lumber for construction, and many wood products are also produced.

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    Tourism
    Tourism is a vital component of Florida’s economy. With its warm temperatures, numerous beaches, and many attractions, the state draws millions of people each year. Money from tourism is the largest single source of income for Floridians. Tourists spent $54.5 billion when visiting Florida in 2002. South Florida is among the most popular destinations for tourists, particularly Miami and Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and the West Palm Beach area. Other major resorts include Daytona Beach, Fort Myers, Saint Petersburg, Panama City, Pensacola, and many others. The internationally known theme parks near Orlando, clustered around Walt Disney World, annually attract more than 40 million visitors. Tourism has also indirectly spurred expansion of the state’s construction industry as hotels, motels, and restaurants are built to accommodate tourists
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    Florida is the only state in the continental
    United States to have extensive shallow coral reef
    formations near its coasts

    Historical places
    The Oldest House, in Saint Augustine, is believed to date from late in the 16th century. The winter home of Thomas A. Edison in Fort Myers is also the site of a laboratory that was used by the inventor. The Mountain Lake Sanctuary, near Lake Wales, contains Bok Tower Gardens. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Kennedy Space Center, at Cape Canaveral, is a major tourist attraction. In 1971 Walt Disney World, with its giant amusement park, opened just south of Orlando. Disney World has expanded since then, and with other theme parks in the area, including Sea World and Universal Studios, has made the Orlando region a major tourist destination.

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    Amelia Island of Florida is the only US
    territory to have served under eight flags

    Religion
    The early history of Florida was marked by religious conflict, which was linked to the national rivalry between Spain and England. Under Spanish rule, which began in the 16th century, the Roman Catholic Church was the established church in Florida. Protestantism was first introduced by French Huguenots in 1562. After 1763, when Spain ceded Florida to Great Britain, the Church of England was the official religion. The Roman Catholic Church makes up the largest religious group, especially in Miami, Tampa, Pensacola, Saint Augustine, and other cities with large numbers of Spanish American residents. The parish of the Cathedral of Saint Augustine, which was organized shortly after the city was founded in 1565, is the oldest Roman Catholic parish in the United States. Baptists and Methodists are the leading Protestant groups.

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    Greater Miami is the only metropolitan area
    in the US whose borders encompass two national parks -
    The Everglades National Park & The Biscayne National Park.

    Forests
    There are three national forests in Florida, the largest of which is Apalachicola National Forest. Apalachicola lies in the center of the Florida panhandle, in a picturesque region of swamps, lakes, and rivers. Osceola National Forest, the smallest, also lies in the north. Farther south, in the lake district, is Ocala National Forest. It is a vast wilderness area of pines and other trees and springs and lakes. Many national wilderness areas are located in Florida’s national forests, including Big Gum Swamp.
    Florida state forests cover 6.7 million hectares (16.5 million acres). They include Cary, Pine Log, and Blackwater River state forests, all of which lie in northern Florida, and Myakka River State Forest, which is located in the south-central part of the state.

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    Florida is the only state in the US
    whose Constitution is reviewed every 20 years.

    Constitution
    Florida’s sixth and present constitution was adopted in 1968. Amendments may be proposed by a three-fifths majority of each house of the state legislature, by a commission appointed to amend the constitution, by a petition of voters, or by a constitutional convention. To become effective, amendments must be approved by the voters of the state.

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    With over 1,300 courses, Florida has
    more golf courses than any other State in USA

    History
    Native Americans were living for atleast 12,000 years in what is now Florida when first known European visitor, Juan Ponce de León, landed in April 1513.
    British won the French and Indian War and received Florida from Spain. When the 13 colonies declared their independence as the United States, Florida colonists remained loyal to Great Britain.
    After the American Revolution, British returned both East Florida and West Florida to Spain.
    Spain agreed in 1819 to cede Florida to the United States.
    Florida became a US territory in 1821 and was admitted to the Union on March 3, 1845 as the 27th state.

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    Established by the French Huguenots in 1564,
    Fort Caroline (present-day Jacksonville) was
    the first Protestant colony in North America.

    National Representation

    Florida elects two U.S. senators and 27 members of the House of Representatives. The state casts 29 electoral votes in presidential elections.

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    The Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, a bar located on the Florida-
    Alabama border line, is partly in Florida and partly in Alabama.
    Its Annual Interstate Mullet Toss features individuals competing
    on the beach throwing a mullet (fish) from a 10 foot circle in
    Florida across the state line into Alabama.

    Counties
    Florida is divided into 67 counties, most of which are administered by a board of five elected commissioners. The county commissioners are responsible for matters at the county level, including local elections, taxes, public welfare, and education. Other elected county officials include a county judge, sheriff, tax assessor, tax collector, superintendent of public instruction, and surveyor.
    Biggest Florida County by population
    Miami-Dade County (2,662,874)
    Biggest Florida County by area
    Palm Beach (2,034 square miles)
    Smallest Florida County by population
    Liberty County (8,314)
    Smallest Florida County by area
    Union County (240 square miles)
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    Benjamin Green, a Miami pharmacist, invented first suntan lotion.

    Judiciary
    The highest court in Florida is the Supreme Court. There are seven justices who select a chief justice from their ranks by popular vote. Justices are appointed by the governor from a list of people recommended by the Judicial Nominating Commission. When justices’ terms expire, their names appear on the general election ballot for a merit retention vote, if they wish to remain in office. The Supreme Court hears cases including final orders imposing death sentences and district court decisions declaring a state statute or provision of the state constitution invalid. Lower courts include district courts of appeal, circuit courts, county judges’ courts, county courts, criminal courts of record, juvenile courts, civil courts of record, small claims courts, and municipal courts.

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    Fort Lauderdale, Florida is known as the
    Venice of America as it contains over
    300 miles of navigable inland waterways

    Legislature
    The state legislature consists of a 40-member Senate and a 120-member House of Representatives. State senators are elected for four-year terms, half of them every two years. State representatives are elected for two-year terms. The legislature meets each year in Tallahassee for 60 days. The governor may call 20-day special sessions. The length of regular or special sessions may be extended by a three-fifths majority vote in each house.

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    Rick Scott is the current and 45th Governor of Florida

    Executive (Governor)
    The constitution provides for an executive branch of government headed by a governor, who is elected for a four-year term and who is limited to two consecutive terms. A lieutenant governor is elected on a joint ticket with the governor. The cabinet is made up of a secretary of state, attorney general, comptroller, treasurer, commissioner of agriculture, and commissioner of education. The cabinet officers are elected for four-year terms and may succeed themselves. Many duties normally executed by the chief executive in other states are carried out in Florida by boards and commissions made up of various combinations of cabinet members and the governor. This “cabinet system” gives Florida a comparatively weak governor whose authority is shared with independently elected administrative officials. At the time of election the governor, the lieutenant governor, and each cabinet member must be at least 30 years of age and must have been a state resident for the preceding seven years. The attorney general must also have been a member of the Florida Bar for the preceding five years. The governor may veto legislation, but a two-thirds vote in each house of the legislature may override his veto.

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    The Saint John's River is one of the few
    rivers that flows north instead of south.

    Forts
    The oldest existing masonry fort in the United States lies within Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. The national monument is in the historic city of Saint Augustine. South of the city is Fort Matanzas National Monument. On Tampa Bay is De Soto National Memorial, which commemorates the landing in Florida in 1539 of the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. Fort Caroline National Memorial, near Jacksonville, lies near the site of the second French settlement in the present United States. Fort Jefferson is located in Dry Tortugas National Park, 105 km (65 mi) west of Key West. It is the largest all-masonry fortification in the Western world.

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    Orlando attracts more visitors than any
    other amusement park destination in the United States

    National Parks
    The principal national park in the state, Everglades National Park (566,116 hectares/1,398,903 acres), is a vast wilderness area covering the southern tip of the peninsula. Adjoining the Everglades is Big Cypress National Preserve. Biscayne National Park includes dozens of islands and keys in Biscayne Bay, south of Miami. Canaveral National Seashore is north of Kennedy Space Center. Gulf Islands National Seashore is south of Pensacola.

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    In 2014, Florida surpassed New York State
    to become 3rd most populous state in USA

    National Wildlife Refuges
    Among the six National Wildlife Refuges in Florida is Pelican Island, noted as the country’s first such refuge, established in 1903. From this beginning has grown a National Wildlife Refuge System of nearly 500 refuges encompassing about 38 million hectares (93 million acres). The waters and wetlands of Pelican Island support a major ecological system that sustains hundreds of species of birds, fish, plants, and mammals.

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    Florida is the only state to have an
    "Embassy" in Washington and its called 'Florida House'

    State parks
    Florida’s 110 state parks include facilities for water sports, picnicking, and other recreational activities. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Myakka River State Park are the largest. The former, near Key Largo, covers 22,667 hectares (56,011 acres), and is 95 percent underwater. It includes 40 species of living coral and a variety of colorful tropical fish. Among the other state parks are Florida Caverns State Park, near Marianna, Cape Florida State Recreation Area on Key Biscayne, and Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area, near Melbourne.

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    Florida is the only state to have an
    "Embassy" in Washington and its called 'Florida House'

    Tourist attractions
    Marineland of Florida, on the coast between Saint Augustine and Daytona Beach, is the world’s first oceanarium. Saint Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park, situated near Saint Augustine, has one of the largest collections of captive alligators in the world. Places of interest noted for their exotic plant and animal collections include Busch Gardens, in Tampa; Caribbean Gardens, near Naples; Parrot Jungle and Gardens, near Miami; and Everglades Wonder Gardens, near Bonita Springs. Recreational centers that have excellent plant life collections include Cape Coral Gardens; Fairchild Tropical Gardens, near Miami; and Cypress Gardens, in Winter Haven.

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    Florida facts
    Florida is the only state to have an
    "Embassy" in Washington and its called 'Florida House'

    Annual events
    Major football games are played in Florida each New Year’s Day in the Orange Bowl at Miami, in the Gator Bowl at Jacksonville, in the Citrus Bowl at Orlando, and in the Holiday Bowl in Saint Petersburg. Another event that is held annually in February is Old Island Days in Key West. The Florida Citrus Exposition is also in February, at Winter Haven. The Florida State Fair, in Tampa, is also held in February. Presentations of the Black Hills Passion Play are given from mid-February until mid-April in an outdoor amphitheater near Lake Wales. Major automobile races are held at Sebring in March and at Daytona Beach in February and July. The four-day-long Seaside Fiesta is held at New Smyrna Beach in late April or early May. The Kingfish Derby, in March and April, and the Tarpon Round-Up, from May 1 to July 31, are held at Saint Petersburg. Later in the summer the Florida International Music Festival is held in Daytona Beach.

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    Florida facts
    Florida is the only state to have an
    "Embassy" in Washington and its called 'Florida House'

    Education
    The University of Florida, in Gainesville, one of the oldest and largest schools of higher learning in the state, was started in 1853 at Ocala as the East Florida Seminary. It is now part of the state system of higher education. This system also includes Florida State University, in Tallahassee; the University of South Florida, in Tampa; Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, in Tallahassee; University of West Florida, in Pensacola; Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton; University of Central Florida, in Orlando; University of North Florida, in Jacksonville; and the Florida International University, in Miami. A tenth state school, Florida Gulf Coast University, opened in 1997 near Fort Myers.

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    Florida facts
    Florida is the only state to have an
    "Embassy" in Washington and its called 'Florida House'

    Media
    The East Florida Gazette, founded at Saint Augustine in 1783, was Florida’s first newspaper. The Florida Union, founded at Jacksonville in 1864, is now the Jacksonville Florida Times-Union, and it is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the state. The Miami Herald, a nationally prominent newspaper, is known for its extensive coverage of the Caribbean. Other major newspapers include the Sun-Sentinel, published in Fort Lauderdale; the Orlando Sentinel; the Saint Petersburg Times; the Tampa Tribune; and the Spanish-language Diario Las Américas, published in Miami.
    The first radio station in Florida, WQAM, was established in Miami in 1921. The state’s first television station, WTVJ, began broadcasting in Miami in 1949. In 2002 there were 151 AM and 172 FM radio stations in the state and 66 television stations.

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    Florida facts
    Florida is the only state to have an
    "Embassy" in Washington and its called 'Florida House'

    Museums
    The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, at Sarasota, has a noted collection of works by Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens and other European masters. It also houses a Museum of the Circus, in honor of John Ringling, the famous circus owner. There are also art galleries and art museums in West Palm Beach, Clearwater, Miami, and Saint Petersburg. The Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, has numerous historical and scientific exhibits and houses the noted Key Marco Collection of Native American artifacts. A number of small museums throughout the state are devoted to special subjects, such as marine life, seashells, archaeology, and Native American artifacts. The Salvador Dalí Museum in Saint Petersburg exhibits works reflecting impressionist and cubist styles, Dalí’s transition period, the famous surrealist works for which he is best known, and his later “classic” works, which show his preoccupation with religion, history, and science.

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    Florida facts
    Florida is the only state to have an
    "Embassy" in Washington and its called 'Florida House'

    Ports
    Tampa, on the Gulf coast, is Florida’s chief port by tonnage due to its phosphate exports. Jacksonville is the leader in dollar value as it is a major destination for automobile imports. Miami is the nation’s leading port for cruise ships. Other major ports are Canaveral Harbor and Port Everglades, the deepwater port for Fort Lauderdale.
    Florida trades mainly with Latin American countries and also exports citrus fruit to Canada and Europe. Leading exports are phosphate rock, fertilizers, foodstuffs, paper products, machinery, motor vehicles, iron and steel scrap, and wood pulp. Chief imports are petroleum products, chemicals, clays, cement and other building materials, limestone, foodstuffs, motor vehicles, steel mill products, and paper products.

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    Florida facts
    Gatorade was named for the University of Florida
    Gators where the drink was first developed

    Sports
    Florida’s professional sports teams include the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Jacksonville Jaguars football teams; the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic basketball teams; the Florida (Miami) Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey teams; and the Florida Marlins (Miami) and Tampa Bay Rays baseball teams. Many major league baseball teams also conduct their spring training and play preseason games in Florida. The Daytona 500 stock-car race is held every February in Daytona Beach.

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    Florida facts
    Florida is the only state to have an
    "Embassy" in Washington and its called 'Florida House'

    Transportation
    The development and expansion of transportation facilities in Florida have played a major role in the state’s economic expansion. There are 194,018 km (120,557 mi) of highways, including 2,367 km (1,471 mi) of interstate highway, in the state. Principal north-south routes are interstates 95 in the east and 75 in the west. Interstate 10 spans the panhandle region. Other major routes are Florida’s Turnpike, formerly known as the Sunshine State Parkway, which connects Interstate 75 north of Orlando with heavily populated South Florida. The southernmost leg of Interstate 75, sometimes known as “Alligator Alley,” crosses the Everglades and connects Naples with Fort Lauderdale. United States Highway 1 extends south from Jacksonville, parallels Interstate 95 all the way to Miami, and then forms the lifeline of the Florida Keys from Key Largo to Key West by connecting the dozens of islands that form the keys.

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    Florida facts
    Florida is the only state to have an
    "Embassy" in Washington and its called 'Florida House'

    Charity
    Give Kids The World Village is a 79-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort in Central Florida.
    Children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free vacations.
    Each year about 27,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Half of all children eligible for a wish through a partnering wish-granting organization choose to visit Central Florida and its collection of theme parks and other attractions.

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    Florida facts
    Florida is the only state to have an
    "Embassy" in Washington and its called 'Florida House'

    Arts
    Several of the larger cities and most of the colleges and universities in Florida support symphony orchestras. Among the most popular music festivals held each year in the state are the Bach Festival, at Rollins College in Winter Park, and the Florida International Festival, in Daytona Beach, featuring the London Symphony Orchestra. Community theater groups are found in most of the state’s larger cities, and there are professional theaters in Miami, Daytona Beach, and Palm Beach. The Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts, in Sarasota, is home to the Asolo Theatre Company.

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