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Florida is a U.S. state located in the southeastern United States . It was named by Juan Ponce de León , who landed on the coast on April 2 , 1513 , during Pascua Florida ( Spanish for "Flowery Easter," referring to the Easter season ).

Contents

[ hide ] 1 Geography 1.1 Boundaries

1.2 Climate

1.3 Environmental issues

 

 

2 History

3 Demographics 3.1 Race and ancestry

3.2 Languages

3.3 Religion

 

 

4 Government and law

5 Economy

6 Education 6.1 Colleges and universities

 

 

7 Transportation 7.1 Highways

7.2 Intercity rail

7.3 Public transportation

7.4 Airports

 

 

8 Metropolitan areas

9 Important cities and towns

10 Professional sports teams 10.1 Spring training

10.2 Auto-racing tracks

 

 

11 State symbols

12 See also

13 References

14

 

 

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Geography

Further information: List of counties in Florida 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).

Areas under control by the National Park Service include:

Big Cypress National Preserve , near Lake Okeechobee

Biscayne National Park , near Key Biscayne

Canaveral National Seashore , near Titusville

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument , in St. Augustine

De Soto National Memorial , in Bradenton

Dry Tortugas National Park , at Key West

Everglades National Park

Fort Caroline National Memorial , at Jacksonville

Fort Matanzas National Monument , in St. Augustine

Gulf Islands National Seashore , near Gulf Breeze

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve , in Jacksonville

 

See also List of Florida state parks

 

Boundaries

The state line begins in the Atlantic Ocean , traveling west, south, and north up the thalweg of the Saint Mary's River . At the origin of that river, it then follows a straight line nearly due west and slightly north, to the point where the confluence of the Flint River (from Georgia) and the Chattahoochee River (down the Alabama/Georgia line) used to form Florida's Apalachicola River . (Since Woodruff Dam was built,this point has been under Lake Seminole.) The border with Georgia continues north through the lake for a short distance up the former thalweg of the Chattahoochee, then with Alabama runs due west along latitude 31°N to the Perdido River , then south along its thalweg to the Gulf via Perdido Bay.

 

Climate

Hurricane Frances near peak strength. Florida taken from NASA Shuttle Mission STS-95 on October 31 , 1998 . The "Cold Sunday" of January 1982 ruined most of the orange crop in Florida. The climate of Florida is tempered somewhat by its proximity to water. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, with the Florida Keys bordering on a true tropical climate. Cold fronts can occasionally bring high winds and cool to cold temperatures to the entire state during late fall and winter. One such front swept through the peninsula on November 25 , 1996 , bringing cold temperatures and winds up to 95 miles per hour (150 km/h), knocking out power to thousands and damaging mobile homes. However, Florida averages 300 days of full sunshine a year. The seasons in Florida are actually determined more by precipitation than by temperature with mild to cool, relatively dry winters and autumns (the dry season) and hot, wet springs and summers (the wet season). The Gulf Stream has a moderating effect on the climate, and although much of Florida commonly sees a high summer temperature over 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 °C), the mercury seldom exceeds 100 degrees Fahrenheit (39 °C). The hottest temperature ever recorded in the state was 109 °F (43 °C), set on June 29 , 1931 in Monticello . The coldest was –2 °F (-19 °C), on February 13 , 1899 , just 25 miles (40 km) away, in Tallahassee . Mean high temperatures for late July are primarily in the low 90s Fahrenheit (32–35 °C). Mean low temperatures for late January range from the low 40s Fahrenheit (4–7 °C) in northern Florida to the mid-50s (˜13 °C) in southern Florida.

The Florida Keys, being surrounded by water, generally have a more tropical climate, with lesser variability in temperatures. At Key West , temperatures rarely exceed 90 °F in the summer or fall below 60 °F in the winter.

Florida's nickname is the "Sunshine State," but severe weather is a common occurrence in the state. Central Florida is known as the lightning capital of the United States, as it experiences more lightning strikes than anywhere else in the country. Florida has the highest average precipitation of any state, in large part because afternoon thunderstorms are common in most of the state from late spring until early autumn. A fair day may be interrupted with a storm, only to return to regular, gorgeous sunshine. These thunderstorms, caused by collisions between airflow from the Gulf of Mexico and airflow from the Atlantic Ocean , pop up in the early afternoon and can bring heavy downpours, high winds, and sometimes tornadoes . Florida leads the United States in tornadoes per square mile, but these tornadoes do not typically reach the intensity of those in the Midwest and Great Plains . Hail often accompanies the severest thunderstorms.

Snow is a rare occurrence in Florida. During the Great Blizzard of 1899 , Florida experienced blizzard conditions for possibly the first time since explorers had arrived. During that time, the Tampa Bay Area had "gulf-effect" snow, similar to lake-effect snow . The Great Blizzard of 1899 is the only time the temperature in the state is known to have fallen below 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 °C). The most widespread snowfall in Florida history happened in February 1978, when snow fell over much of the state in different times of the month, as far south as Homestead . Snow flurries fell on Miami Beach for the only time in recorded history. 1982's " Cold Sunday ," which saw freezing conditions throughout much of the country, ruined that year's orange crops. In 1989, a severe hard freeze created lots of ice and also caused minor flurries in sections of the state and resulted in rolling blackouts from power failures caused by massive demands on the power grid for heating. A hard freeze in 2003 brought "ocean-effect" snow flurries to the Atlantic coast as far south as Cape Canaveral . [2] .

Although some storms have formed out of season, hurricanes pose a threat during hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 to November 30 . Florida saw a slew of destruction in 2004, when it was hit by a record four hurricanes. Hurricanes Charley ( August 13 ), Frances ( September 4 – 5 ), Ivan ( September 16 ), and Jeanne ( September 25 – 26 ) cumulatively cost the state's economy US$42 billion. In 2005, Hurricane Dennis ( July 10 ) became the fifth storm to strike Florida within eleven months. Later, Hurricane Katrina ( August 25 ) passed through South Florida and Hurricane Rita ( September 20 ) swept through the Florida Keys . Hurricane Wilma made landfall in Florida in the early morning of October 24 as a Category 3 hurricane, with the storm's eye hitting near Cape Romano , just south of Marco Island , according to National Hurricane Center .

Florida was the site of the second costliest weather disaster in U.S. history, Hurricane Andrew , which caused more than US$25 billion in damage when it struck on August 24 , 1992 . In a long list of other infamous hurricane strikes are the 1926 Great Miami Hurricane , the Lake Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928 , the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 , Hurricane Donna in 1960, and Hurricane Opal in 1995.

See also: Catastrophic Florida hurricanes: 1900-1960 , Catastrophic Florida hurricanes: 1961-present , and List of all-time high and low temperatures by state

Environmental issues

Florida is the fifth-largest producer of greenhouse gases among the 50 U.S. states. This may coincide with the fact that Florida is the fourth most populous state in the United States. Climatologists and scientists debate whether global warming is to blame for an increase in the number of strong hurricanes. The scientists Peter Webster and Judith Curry of the Georgia Institute of Technology published research in 2005 showing an increase in global hurricane intensity, with a doubling of the number of Category 4 or 5 hurricanes since 1970. That increase coincides with a rise of nearly 1 degree Fahrenheit in ocean surface temperatures. They argue that there is a connection, while Florida's state climatologist, James O'Brien, argues the increase in stronger storms is merely part of a natural cycle. [3]

Other than fiercer hurricanes, global warming is predicted to have a number of destructive effects on Florida:

In fact, scientists have already observed changes in Florida consistent with the early effects of global warming: retreating and eroding shorelines, dying coral reefs, saltwater intrusion into inland freshwater aquifers, an upswing in forest fires, and warmer air and sea-surface temperatures. [4] The greatest threat from global warming is a rise in sea levels . Much of Florida, being only a few feet above sea level now, would be underwater if the sea level rose dramatically due to the continued melting of glaciers , parts of the Antarctic ice shelf , or Greenland 's cover of ice. Even a rise of less than a foot could mean "seawater will advance inland as much as 400 feet in low-lying areas, flooding shoreline homes and hotels, limiting future development, and eroding the state's beloved beaches." [5]

 

History

Five of the flags that have been flown over Florida throughout the centuries. Main article: History of Florida Archaeological finds indicate that Florida had been inhabited for thousands of years before any European settlements. Of the many indigenous people, the largest known were the Ais , the Apalachee , the Calusa , the Timucua and the Tocobago tribes. Juan Ponce de León , a Spanish conquistador , named Florida in honor of his "discovery" of the land on April 2 , 1513 , during Pascua Florida , a Spanish term for the Easter season . From that date forward, the land became known as "La Florida." (Juan Ponce de León may not have been the first European to reach Florida. At least one Indian that he encountered in Florida in 1513 could speak Spanish . [1] . Alternatively, the Spanish-speaking Indian could have been in contact with areas where Spanish settlements already existed, and Ponce de León was indeed the discoverer).

Over the following century, both the Spanish and French established settlements in Florida, with varying degrees of success. In 1559, Spanish Pensacola was established by Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano as the first European settlement in the continental United States, but it had become abandoned by 1561 and would not be reinhabited until the 1690s. French Huguenots founded Fort Caroline in modern-day Jacksonville in 1564, but this fort was conquered by forces from the new Spanish colony of St. Augustine the following year. After Huguenot leader Jean Ribault had learned of the new Spanish threat, he launched an expedition to sack the Spanish settlement; en route, however, severe storms at sea waylaid the expedition, which consisted of most of the colony's men, allowing St. Augustine founder Pedro Menéndez de Avilés time to march his men over land and conquer Fort Caroline. Most of the Huguenots were slaughtered, and Menéndez de Avilés marched south and captured the survivors of the wrecked French fleet, ordering all but a few Catholics executed beside a river subsequently called Matanzas ( Spanish for 'killings'). St. Augustine came to serve as the capitals of the British and Spanish colonies of East and West Florida, respectively. The Spanish never had a firm hold on Florida, and maintained tenuous control over the region by converting the local tribes, briefly with Jesuits and later with Franciscan friars. The local leaders ( caciques ) demonstrated their loyalty to the Spanish by converting to Roman Catholicism and welcoming the Franciscan priests into their villages.

The area of Spanish Florida diminished with the establishment of English colonies to the north and French colonies to the west. The English weakened Spanish power in the area by supplying their Creek Indian allies with firearms and urging them to raid the Timucuan and Apalachee client-tribes of the Spanish. The English attacked St. Augustine, burning the city and its cathedral to the ground several times, while the citizens hid behind the walls of the Castillo de San Marcos . The Spanish, meanwhile, encouraged slaves to flee the English-held Carolinas and come to Florida, where they were converted to Roman Catholicism and given freedom. They settled in a buffer community north of St. Augustine, called Gracie Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, the first completely black settlement in what would become the United States. Great Britain gained control of Florida diplomatically in 1763 through the Peace of Paris (the Castillo de San Marcos surrendered for the first time, having never been taken militarily). Britain tried to develop Florida through the importation of immigrants for labor, including some from Minorca and Greece , but this project ultimately failed. Spain regained Florida after Britain's defeat by the American colonies and the Treaty of Paris, in 1783. Finally, in 1819, by terms of the Adams-Onís Treaty , Spain ceded Florida to the United States in exchange for the American renounciation of any claims on Texas . On March 3 , 1845 , Florida became the 27th state of the United States of America. On January 10 , 1861 , before the formal outbreak of the Civil War , Florida seceded from the Union ; ten days later, the state became a founding member of the Confederate States of America . The war ended in 1865. On June 25 , 1868 , Florida's congressional representation was restored.

Until the mid-twentieth century, Florida was the least populous Southern state; however, the local climate, tempered by the growing availability of air conditioning , made the state a haven, and migration from the Rust Belt and the Northeast sharply increased the population. Economic prosperity combined with Florida's sudden elevation in profile led to the Florida land boom of the 1920s , which brought a brief period of intense land development before the Great Depression brought it all to a halt. Florida's economy would not fully recover until WWII . Today, Florida is the most populous state in the South besides Texas , and the fourth most populous in the United States.

 

Demographics

Historical populations Census
year Population

1830

34,730

1840

54,477

1850

87,445

1860

140,424

1870

187,748

1880

269,493

1890

391,422

1900

528,542

1910

752,619

1920

968,470

1930

1,468,211

1940

1,897,414

1950

2,771,305

1960

4,951,560

1970

6,789,443

1980

9,746,324

1990

12,937,926

2000

15,982,378

 

Race and ancestry

Florida Population Density Map

White (non-Hispanic)

65.4%

 

Hispanic (of any race)

16.8%

 

Black

14.6%

 

Asian

1.7%

 

Native American

0.3%

 

Mixed Race

2.4%

More than 16 percent of Florida's population was Hispanic in the 2000 Census. The largest reported ancestries in the 2000 Census were German (11.8%), Irish (10.3%), English (9.2%), American (8%) and Italian (6.3%). [6]

 

Before the American Civil War , when slavery was legal, and during the Reconstruction era that followed, African Americans made up nearly half of the state's population [2] . Their proportion declined over the next century, as many moved north in the Great Migration while large numbers of northern whites moved to the state. Recently, the state's proportion of black residents has begun to grow again. Today, large concentrations of black residents can be found in northern Florida (notably in Jacksonville , Gainesville and Pensacola ), the Tampa Bay area, and South Florida (where their numbers have been bolstered by significant immigration from Haiti and Jamaica ).

Florida's Hispanic population includes large communities of Cuban Americans in Miami and Tampa , Puerto Ricans in Tampa and Orlando , and Central American migrant workers in inland West-Central and South Florida. The Hispanic community continues to grow more affluent and mobile: between the years of 2000 and 2004 , Lee County in southwest Florida , which is largely suburban in character, had the fastest Hispanic population growth rate of any county in the United States. [7]

Whites of all ethnicities are present in all areas of the state. Those of British ancestry are present in large numbers in the coastal cities. There is a large German population in Southwest Florida , a sizeable and historic Italian community in the Miami area, and white Floridians of longer-present generations in the culturally southern areas of inland and northern Florida. Native white Floridians, especially those who have descended from long-time Florida families, affectionately referred to themselves as " Florida Crackers ."

 

Languages

As of 2000, 76.9 percent of Florida residents age 5 and older speak only English at home, while 16.5 percent speak Spanish . French is the third most spoken language at 2.2 percent, followed by German at 0.6 percent and Italian at 0.4 percent.

Article II, Section 9, of the Florida Constitution provides that "English is the official language of the State of Florida." This provision was adopted in 1988 by a vote following an Initiative Petition.

 

Religion

Florida is mostly Protestant, with a Roman Catholic community that is growing because of immigration. There is also a sizable Jewish community, located mainly in South Florida; no other Southern state has such a large Jewish population. Florida's current religious affiliations are shown in the table below:

Christian , 82% Protestant , 54% Baptist , 19%

Methodist , 6%

Presbyterian , 4%

Episcopal , 3%

Lutheran , 3%

Pentecostal , 3%

Other Protestant, 16%

 

 

Roman Catholic , 26%

Other Christian, 2%

 

 

Jewish , 4%

Other Religions, 1%

Non-Religious, 13%

 

 

Government and law

Main article: Government of Florida Florida Capitol Presidential elections results Year Republican Democratic 2004

52.10% 3,964,522

47.09% 3,583,544

2000

48.85% 2,912,790

48.84% 2,912,253

1996

42.32% 2,244,536

48.02% 2,546,870

1992

40.89% 2,173,310

39.00% 2,072,698

1988

60.87% 2,618,885

38.51% 1,656,701

1984

65.32% 2,730,350

34.66% 1,448,816

1980

55.52% 2,046,951

38.50% 1,419,475

1976

46.64% 1,469,531

51.93% 1,636,000

1972

71.91% 1,857,759

27.80% 718,117

1968

40.53% 886,804

30.93% 676,794

1964

48.85% 905,941

51.15% 948,540

1960

51.51% 795,476

48.49% 748,700

The basic structure, duties, function, and operations of the government of the State of Florida are defined and established by the Florida Constitution , which establishes the basic law of the state and guarantees various rights and freedoms of the people. The state government consists of three separate branches: judicial, executive, and legislative. The legislature enacts bills, which, if signed by the governor , become Florida Statutes .

The Florida Legislature is comprised of the Florida Senate , which has 40 members, and the Florida House of Representatives , which has 120 members. The current Governor of Florida is Republican Jeb Bush , brother of U.S. President George W. Bush and son of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush . The Florida Supreme Court consists of a Chief Justice and six Justices.

A map of Florida showing county names and boundaries. Florida was traditionally a Democratic state; at one time, 68.5 percent of all Floridians were registered Democrats. In the last decades of the twentieth century, the realignment of the " Solid South " has led many conservative Democrats of Florida to vote with the Republican Party. This tendency, combined with explosive population growth, which has brought many Republicans into the state, has given Florida a Republican edge in practice, though registered Democrats still outnumber registered Republicans. As a result, Republicans control the governorship and most other statewide elective offices: both houses of the state legislature, 18 of the state's 25 seats in the House of Representatives , and one of the state's two Senate seats. The disputed 2000 Presidential election in Florida was extremely close. Because of the state's population and number of electoral votes, political analysts consider it to be a key swing state in presidential elections. The Tampa area, once a major center of Democratic union support, is now almost evenly split between registered Republicans and Democrats, making it part of the important I-4 Corridor swing region.

See also: List of counties in Florida , List of cities in Florida , List of Florida Governors , U.S. presidential election, 2000, in Florida , and U.S. presidential election, 2004, in Florida

Economy

Launch of Space Shuttle Columbia from Kennedy Space Center . The gross state product of Florida in 2005 was $596 billion [8] . Personal income was $30,098 per capita, ranking 26 th in the nation.

Florida's economy relies heavily on tourism. About 60 million visitors visit the state every year. Warm weather and hundreds of miles of beach attract vacationers from around the world. The Walt Disney World Resort , a mega-resort consisting of four theme parks , more than twenty hotels, water parks, shopping centers, and other attractions, is an important tourist attraction located in Lake Buena Vista . Together, Walt Disney World, and other theme park resorts such as Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld , are an important driver of the Central Florida economy.

Other major industries include citrus fruit and juice production, banking, and phosphate mining within the Bone Valley region. With the arrival of the space program at Kennedy Space Center in the 1960s, Florida has developed a sizeable aerospace industry. The state did not have a state minimum wage law until November 2 , 2004 , when voters passed a constitutional amendment establishing a state minimum wage and mandating that it be adjusted for inflation every six months.

The beach at Bahia Honda in the Florida Keys Historically, Florida's economy was based upon cattle farming and agriculture (especially sugarcane , citrus , tomatoes , and strawberries ). In the early 1900, land speculators discovered Florida, and Plant and Henry Flagler developed railway systems, which led people to move in, drawn by the weather and local economies. From then on, tourism boomed, fueling a cycle of development and tourism that overwhelmed a great deal of farmland.

In 2004 and 2005, key industries along the west coast—commercial fishing and water-based tourist activities (sports fishing and diving)—were threatened by outbreaks of red tide, a discoloration of seawater caused by an efflorescence of toxin-producing dinoflagellates.

Florida is one of the nine states that do not impose a personal income tax ( list of others ). The state imposes a tax on "intangible personal property" (stocks, bonds, mutual funds, money market funds, etc.), but in April, 2006, the state legislature was considering a repeal of the tax. [9] The state sales tax rate is 6% [10] . Local governments may levy an additional local option sales tax of up to 1.5%. A locale's use-tax rate is the same as its sales-tax rate, including local options, if any. Use taxes are payable for purchases made out of state and brought into Florida within six months of the purchase date. Other taxes are mostly levied on businesses. They include the following taxes: corporate income, communication services, intangibles, unemployment, solid waste, documentary stamps, insurance premium, pollutants, and various fuel taxes. For more information, visit the Florida Department of Revenue website at [11] .

 

Education

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You can help Wikipedia by introducing appropriate citations. Century Tower, University of Florida . Florida's public primary and secondary schools are administered by the Florida Department of Education .

Florida's public-school revenue per student and spending per $1000 of personal income usually rank in the bottom 25 percent of U.S. states. Average teacher salaries rank near the middle of U.S. states.

Florida public schools have consistently ranked in the bottom 25 percent of many national surveys and average test-score rankings. Many education surveys are not scientific, but measure prestige. Governor Jeb Bush has been criticized by many Florida educators for a program that penalizes underperforming schools (as indicated by standardized tests , most prominently the FCAT ) with fewer funding dollars. Supporters say the program's tough measures have resulted in vast improvements to the education system. Major testing organizations frequently discount the use of state's average test-score rankings, or any average of scaled scores, as a valid metric (for details on scaled test scores, see psychometrics ).

In 2000, the governor and the state legislature abolished the Florida Board of Regents , which long had governed the State University System of Florida , and created boards of trustees to govern each university. As is typical of executive-appointed government boards, the appointees so far have overwhelmingly belonged to the governor's party. This effect has not been without controversy. [12] In 2002, former governor and then U.S. Senator Bob Graham ( Dem. ) led a constitutional -amendment ballot referendum designed to restore the board-of-regents system. Voters responded by creating the Florida Board of Governors ; however, each university still maintains a Board of Trustees which work under this new, overseeing Board of Governors.

 

Colleges and universities

The Green Library at Florida International University . The Sun Dome at the University of South Florida . Lake Osceola, University of Miami . The Westcott Building, Florida State University . American InterContinental University South Florida Campus

Ave Maria University

Barry University

Bethune-Cookman College

Brevard Community College

Broward Community College

Carlos Albizu University Miami campus

Clearwater Christian College

Daytona Beach Community College

Eckerd College

Edison College

Edward Waters College

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Flagler College

Flagler College - Tallahassee Campus

Florida A&M University

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Christian College

Florida Coastal School of Law

Florida Community College at Jacksonville

Florida College

Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida International University

Florida Keys Community College

Florida Memorial University

Florida Metropolitan University

Florida Southern College

Florida State University

Full Sail Real World Education

Gulf Coast Community College

Heritage College & Heritage Institute

Hillsborough Community College

Hobe Sound Bible College

Indian River Community College

International College

International Fine Arts College

Jacksonville University

Johnson And Wales University

Jones College

Keiser College

Lake City Community College

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Florida campus

 

 

Lake-Sumter Community College

Lynn University

Manatee Community College

Miami Dade College

New College of Florida

Northwood University

Nova Southeastern University

Okaloosa-Walton Community College

Palm Beach Atlantic College

Palm Beach Community College

Pasco-Hernando Community College

Pensacola Junior College

Pensacola Christian College

Polk Community College

Ringling School of Art and Design

Rollins College

Saint John Vianney College Seminary

Saint Leo University

Santa Fe Community College

St. Johns River Community College

St. Petersburg College

St. Thomas University

Seminole Community College

South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary

Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God

Stetson University

Stetson University School of Law

Trinity College of Florida

Troy State University Florida Region

University of Central Florida

University of Florida

University of Miami

University of North Florida

University of South Florida

University of Tampa

University of West Florida

Valencia Comunity College

Warner Southern College

Webber College

 

 

See also: State University System of Florida and Florida Board of Governors

Transportation

 

Highways

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) [13] 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 .

 

Intercity rail

In 2000, voters approved a constitutional amendment to construct a high-speed rail system to interconnect Florida's major cities. A committee was formed by the Florida Legislature to oversee the project; however, in 2004, Governor Jeb Bush and other lawmakers pushed for an amendment to remove the amendment, which succeeded. They stated that the cost would have been too high to construct the system, but proponents of the system said the claims regarding high cost were exaggerated and taken out of context, compared with the cost of building roads, maintaining automobiles, and so forth. The Florida High Speed Rail Authority , originally formed to implement the high-speed-rail amendment, has vowed to find a way to implement the system without the amendment.

Amtrak service exists in Florida: Sanford , in Greater Orlando , is the southern terminus of the Amtrak Auto Train , which originates at Lorton, Virginia , south of Washington, DC . Orlando is also the eastern terminus of the Sunset Limited , which travels across the southern United States via New Orleans , Houston , and San Antonio to its western terminus of Los Angeles . Florida is served by two additional Amtrak trains (the Silver Star and the Silver Meteor ), which operate between New York City and Miami .

 

Public transportation

Public transportation systems exist in many major cities. Miami has an automated guideway people-mover system, as well as a 22-mile metro system , and most cities have bus service. In the South Florida Metropolitan area, train service is provided by Tri-Rail ; this service has a southern terminus in Miami and a northern terminus in West Palm Beach . It has been proposed that the northern terminus be extended north as far as Stuart in Martin County , but no progress has been made. Tri-Rail provides local bus service from its stations.

Greyhound provides commercial bus service between different cities in Florida.

 

Airports

Florida's major international airports, which process more than 20 million passengers annually are Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport , Miami International Airport , Orlando International Airport , and Tampa International Airport . Secondary airports, with annual passenger traffic exceeding 7 million annually include Jacksonville International Airport , Palm Beach International Airport (West Palm Beach), and Southwest Florida International Airport (Fort Myers).

Other smaller, regional airports with commercial service include those at Daytona Beach , Fort Walton Beach , Gainesville , Key West , Melbourne , Naples , Panama City , Pensacola , Tallahassee . Orlando Sanford International Airport is primarily served by international charter airlines.

 

Metropolitan areas

Distribution of Metropolitan Statistical Areas in Florida Florida has nineteen Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) defined by the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Thirty-eight of Florida's sixty-seven counties are in an MSA. Reflecting the distribution of population in Florida, Metropolitan areas in the state are concentrated around the coast of the peninsula. They form a continuous band on the east coast of Florida, stretching from the Jacksonville MSA to the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach MSA, including nearly every county on the east coast, with the exceptions of Flagler County and Monroe County . There is also a continuous band of MSAs on the west coast of the peninsula from the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA to the Naples-Marco Island MSA, including all of the coastal counties from Hernando County to Collier County . The interior of the northern half of the peninsula also has several MSAs, connecting the east and west coast MSAs. A few MSAs are scattered across the Florida panhandle.

 

Metropolitan Statistical Areas

2005 Population

 

Cape Coral-Fort Myers Metropolitan Statistical Area

549,442

 

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area

494,649

 

Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin Metropolitan Statistical Area

188,939

 

Gainesville Metropolitan Statistical Area

256,985

 

Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area

1,277,763

 

Lakeland Metropolitan Statistical Area

541,840

 

Miami-Ft.Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area

5,422,200

 

Naples-Marco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area

317,788

 

Ocala Metropolitan Statistical Area

304,926

 

Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area

1,861,707

 

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville Metropolitan Statistical Area

531,970

 

Panama City-Lynn Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area

161,721

 

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area

439,877

 

Port St. Lucie-Fort Pierce Metropolitan Statistical Area

381,033

 

Punta Gorda Metropolitan Statistical Area

154,030

 

Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice Metropolitan Statistical Area

673,035

 

Sebastian-Vero Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area

130,043

 

Tallahassee Metropolitan Statistical Area

334,886

 

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area

2,589,637

 

 

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Spring training

Florida is the traditional home for Major League Baseball spring training, with teams informally organized into the " Grapefruit League ." As of 2004 , Florida hosts the following major league teams for spring training:

Club Location Atlanta Braves

Walt Disney World

Baltimore Orioles

Fort Lauderdale

Boston Red Sox

Fort Myers

Cincinnati Reds

Sarasota

Cleveland Indians

Winter Haven

Detroit Tigers

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Saint Louis Cardinals

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St. Petersburg

Toronto Blue Jays

Dunedin

Washington Nationals

Viera

 

Auto-racing tracks

Daytona International Speedway

Homestead-Miami Speedway

Sebring Raceway

St. Petersburg Raceway

 

 

State symbols

Orange blossoms. Nickname: "The Sunshine State"

State Motto: "In God we trust"

State Bird: Mockingbird

State Flower: Orange blossom - (Citrus sinensis)

State Insect: Zebra Longwing Butterfly [14]

State Song: " Old Folks at Home ( Suwannee River )" by Stephen C. Foster

State Tree: Sabal Palm

State Reptile: American Alligator

State Animal: Florida Panther

State Marine Mammal: West Indian Manatee

State Saltwater Mammal: Dolphin

State Drink: Orange juice

State Fruit: Orange

State Shell: Horse Conch (The great band shell)

State Saltwater Fish: Sailfish

State Freshwater Fish: Florida Largemouth Bass

State Pie: Key Lime Pie

 

 

See also

List of Florida bike trails

Scouting in Florida

The USS Florida was named in honor of the state.

 

State Agencies

Florida Department of Transportation

Florida Division of Emergency Management

Florida Highway Patrol

 

 

References

^ Smith, Hale G., and Marc Gottlob. 1978. "Spanish-Indian Relationships: Synoptic History and Archaeological Evidence, 1500-1763." In Tacachale: Essays on the Indians of Florida and Southeastern Georgia during the Historic Period. Edited by Jerald Milanich and Samuel Proctor. Gainesville, Florida: University Presses of Florida. ISBN 0-8130-0535-3

^ [1] Historical Census Broswer at the University of Virginia (URL accessed 26 August 2006).

 

 

 

Florida

FULL CARE HORSE BOARDING:
  • freshly crimped oats twice/day
  • coastal hay
  • daily stall cleaning with clean wood shavings
  • daily turnouts (weather permitting)
  • free trailer parking
  • lighted indoor riding arena
  • outdoor round pen
  • 4-horse walker
OPTIONAL HORSE BOARDING SERVICES:
  • winter blanketing
  • stall fan
  • heat lamp
  • additional oats and/or hay
  • feed supplements
  • additional shavings
  • administration of medicine, (nonintravenous)
  • private paddocks
  • evening turnout





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Arbordale Riding Academy
CARROLLWOOD Location Convieniently located in the Carrollwood/Citrus Park area, we offer boardling, lessons, sales. We train for the Morgan and Saddlebred circuit, but all breeds are welcome. Full board and partial board available. We have two lighted arenas (one with jumps), and our barn amenities include a fly spray system and an office with a restroom, refrigerator and microwave.

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Tampa, Florida

Mandeville Oaks Stables
Family owned and operated , gaited entrance , owners live on premices . Located near I-10 , 20 stall barn on 10 acres of green pastures and shady oak trees. Two grooming areas with cross ties , hot water wash rack , lighted lunging ring , grassy arena with jumps , barrels ect. 1/8 mi. riding track . Full or Pasture board - overnights with R.V. site available . Fully trained horses available for lease .

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Pensacola, Florida

Empire Equestrian Center
Empire Equestrian Center is conviently located off Collins Rd in the Arglye Forest Area, next to I-295. We have over 16 acres of pastures, a 27 stall barn and training facilities for both hunter/jumpers and western riders. Empire Equestrian is a family-friendly barn where you and your horse are always welcome. Empire Equestrian provides stall boarding and pasture boarding, horse sales and leasing, English and Western training, and Consignment sales.

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Jacksonville, Florida

Two Son Farm
Two Son Farm is a family owned and operated equine and cattle facility. Our specialty is correct and safe handling of horses and personal attention to riders.

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Saint Augustine, Florida

Rockin' Horse Farm
We are located on 17 acres near downtown New Port Richey, our boarding facility is geared for the casual rider. Quiet and peaceful setting with 12 x 12 stalls, each with it's own attached paddock. Trails lead around the property, winding through the riverfront hammock setting. Large riding area, automatic water thoughout, wash area with cross ties, minumum 6 hours daily turnout, where horses can run and play with other horses. Owners live on premises.

DaVinci Farms
Da Vinci Farms, offering boarding facilities and dressage training for horses and riders in Ft. Myers, Florida.

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Fort Myers, Florida

First Attempt Farm
Quarter horses for sale, bucskins and palominos. Yearlings and babies always for sale. bloodlines with kid clu grand sire.

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Wildwood, Florida

Carousel Party Acres
Carousel Party Acres we have parties at the farm or bring it to you. Riding lessons, pony parties, petting farm, horse leasing, and horse day camp. We are USDA lisenced and insured.

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Sebastian, Florida

Double A Ranch
Horse Boarding, training, sales, riding lessons, summer camps, foal sales, breeding, and more. 120'x200' riding arena, 15'x20' stalls, all white vinyl fencing. 2 Round pens and large riding areas.

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Callahan, Florida

Rafter Diamond H Ranch
Quality horse boarding in Avon Park! Full care boarding facility just minutes from downtown Avon Park. 12X12 stalls with daily turnout- $350.00 month. Lighted working arena as well as a grass jump/riding arena. Round pen and horse walker. Wash rack area and 2 cross tie grooming areas. We also have nearby trails. Owners on premises with over 40 years combined horse experience and ownership. For more information please call (863) 453-4429 or (863) 443-4859.

Better Times Farm
Great boarding area. Lighted Arena Outside and Inside stall! Full and partial boarding, Wash Racks, Cement Barn, Shavings and food can be bought on property. Great Grassy Pastures. Call 407-716-8646 for more info.

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Ocoee, Florida

Paradise Farm LLC
Equine boarding, lessons, training and sales. Partial Board starting at $200.00 per month, full board offered at $470.00 per month. Multidisaplinary team of certified instructors, over 2 acres of horse country in the city, surrounding by riding trails. Morgan horse facility with special consideration to other breeds. Call anytime. 727-549-2103

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Pinellas Park, Florida

11 STALL BARN IN PALM BEACH COUNTY
We have stalls for rent monthly, by the season or year-round. 30 Minutes from Wellington. Horse washing area. Plenty of land for Turnouts. Ideal for Racehorse or Polo Turnout, Monthly rental -$175.00. 1ST MONTH FREE!!! Contact: Stephanie at (917)922-0395 or email SFHORSEPROPERTY@AOL.COM

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Boca Raton, Florida

Elite Farm
partial board only $130-$160 per month depending on barn. No charge for dropping AM and PM feedings. Only barn with all night security. Lessons avaiable. Largest lighted areana in the area. 6 turn out paddocks, 4 wash racks. Real family oriented barn. 7585 78th Avenue North Pinellas Park, FL 33781 (727)541-5513 or 541-6920

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Pinellas Park, Florida

EZ arena horse boarding
Full and partial board on the finest grounds in indian river county. Contact 772-571-1245 or 772-473-7900

Walker Quarter Horse Farm
Boarding Training Lessons Sales miles of trails Located 2 miles w of Jacksonville Equestrian Center

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Jacksonville, Florida

Whispering Pines South
Seasonal full board , beautiful setting which boarders new Florida Horse Park , walking distance. Great turnout , owners on site 24/7 e mail for rates and dates USDF Gold Meadlist Instructor on site 2-3 days per week

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Ocala, Florida

Lake Forest Equestrian Center
Top quality training farm that offers full care and custom attention to every horse and rider. 14 stalls, with rubber mats, auto waterers, mineral blocks and fans in every stall. Auto-matic fly spray system and security and internet cameras throughout barns. Lighted large arena with lots of jumps and lighted round pen. 3 grass pastures and turnout paddocks. Owner on premise. Training and lessons available. Kid friendly and family oriented show barn.

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Sanford, Florida

Casa del Capitan
Private farm located conveniently to Milton, Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Navarre & Ft. Walton Beach. Not a show barn. Friendly group of horse owners who enjoy trail riding. Lots of trails nearby. Board includes quality feed and hay, paste de-worming and hoof trimming. Monthly board is $300. Stallions not accepted but young stock is welcome. Call 850-384-9294 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Milton, Florida

Absolute Equestrians
Hurricane Boarding, Full time Boarding, Vacation Care & Boarding. Additional care and services are available for absentee owners. Training and lessons also available.

North Star Farm, LLC
Specializing in Sport horse rehabilitation and sales prep. Services include; Post surgical care, brood mare care, lay ups, and sales prep. Also offering long and short term care. High quality hay, grain, and bedding. Reasonable rates. Owners/management live on farm. Brand new barn with well vented 12 X 12 stalls. Please call the farm for additional information. 35 min. south of Ocala, 45 min. north of Tampa. 352-793-1690

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Bushnell, Florida

Cherokee Ranch
Cherokee Ranch is located in the heart of Pinellas County, centrally located between St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Largo, and is just minutes from I-275, making it convenient to horse owners and riders throughout the Tampa Bay area.

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Saint Petersburg, Florida

Shady Grove Farm
Full service boarding facility located near the University of Florida. Twice daily feedings of top quality feeds, daily turnout in newly planted shady pastures, and stalls with ceiling fans, auto waterers, & sliding doors. Large arena with jumps and barrels. Huge tack room & 2 wash racks. Option to work off board doing feedings. Quality horses available for lease. Students Welcome!

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Gainesville, Florida

Euphoria Stables
Euphoria Stables offers the very best individualized care for your equine friend. We cater to your needs in a knowledgable, friendly, strees-free environment. Offering boarding, breeding, training and instruction, we have everything you are looking for. Please call or email sunapeebreeders@hotmail.com for more information.

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Starke, Florida

Equestrian Center of Clermont
Opening early July 2007. Full Board, Training, Western and English Lessons, Clinics, Overnight Paddocks for those travleing with their horses, Lighted Arena, Round-Pen, Concrete Barn with Large Stalls and Extra Large Runouts. Owners and Staff on premises 24/7. Call (352)241-7583. Located 2 miles from downtown Clermont and minutes from US-27 and Florida Turnpike. Call for availability or stop by to see our facilities.

Schalamar Creek Stables
Horse boarding at its best in Lakeland Fl

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Lakeland, Florida

Pinehurst Stables
Pinehurst Stables is a premier equestrian boarding and training facility located on 30 well-manicured acres in serene Jupiter Farms, FL; an easy 30 minutes from the Winter Equestrian Festival. See our website for full information and recent photos! 561-758-1664

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Jupiter, Florida

Ravenwood Ranch
Two convenient locations offer training, lessons and hauling to shows. Both have riding arena, roundpen and trails. 239-433-3040

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Fort Myers, Florida

Broken Branch Quarter Horses
Beautiful central Florida boarding facility. Just 20 minutes from Ocala, 10 minutes from the Greenway. 5 minutes from the villages. 15 acres of lush pastures, 8 stall center aisle barn with waterers, fans, indoor washrack w/ hot water. Pleny of room to ride. We are a small private facility. I have over 20 years experience in the breeding/ showing industry. Feel confident that your horse will recieve the best care possible.

This horse farm and boarding stable services: Wildwood, Florida

Equines & Equestrians, Inc.
Quality care for your loved one! We know how much you love your horse and we are here for you. Roomy 12x12 homes, quality feed 3x per day, stalls cleaned 3x or more daily, am or pm turnout available. If our horses don't look good we don't look good. Multiple lighted riding areas for all disciplines, and miles of trails. Private a/c lounge with full bath for your convenience. Please look at my site to see your horse's new home!

Greenway Stables Ocala
Nice people, small private farm offering boarding at a great rate. 20 stall, clean center isle barn 23 acres, 7 grassy pastures, no climb fencing. Indoor rubber matted wash rack w/ hot water. Restroom w/ shower, lounge w/ fridge, 1/4 mile track, arena w/ jumps, barrels, etc Shaded round pen, locked tack room, Adjacent to local trails, close to the Greenway trails. Stalls open directly to large grassy paddocks. Shade and run-ins w/ auto-waterers. Bi - annual clinics, BBQs