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Florida (/ˈflɒrɪdə/ (About this soundlisten), Spanish pronunciation: [floˈɾiða]) is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. With a population of over 21 million, Florida is the third-most populous and the 22nd-most extensive of the 50 United States. The state is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest by Alabama, to the north by Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida. The state's capital is Tallahassee and its most populous municipality is Jacksonville. The Miami metropolitan area, with a population of almost 6.2 million, is the most populous urban area in Florida and the seventh-most populous in the United States. Other urban areas in the state with a population of more than one million are Tampa Bay, Orlando, and Jacksonville. Florida's $1.0 trillion economy is the fourth-largest of any U.S. state, and if it were a country, Florida would be the 16th-largest economy in the world.

The first European contact was made in 1513 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León, who called it la Florida ([la floˈɾiða] "the land of flowers") upon landing there. At various points in its colonial history, Florida was administered by Spain and Great Britain. Florida was admitted as the 27th state on March 3, 1845. Florida was the principal location of the Seminole Wars (1816 – 1858), the longest and most extensive of Indian Wars in United States history. Florida declared its secession from the Union on January 10, 1861, and was one of the seven original Confederate States. After the Civil War, Florida was restored to the Union on June 25, 1868.

Today, Florida is distinctive for its large Cuban expatriate community and high population growth, as well as for its increasing environmental issues. The state's economy relies mainly on tourism, agriculture, and transportation, which developed in the late 19th century. Florida is also renowned for amusement parks, orange crops, winter vegetables, the Kennedy Space Center, and as a popular destination for retirees. It is the flattest state in the United States, and Lake Okeechobee is its largest freshwater lake.

The state's close proximity to the ocean influences many aspects of Florida culture and daily life. Florida is a reflection of influences and multiple inheritance; African, European, indigenous, Latino, and Asian heritages can be found in the architecture and cuisine. Florida has attracted many writers such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, and continues to attract celebrities and athletes. It is internationally known for golf, tennis, auto racing, and water sports. Several beaches in Florida have turquoise and emerald-colored coastal waters. (Full article...)

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Miami International Airport (IATA: MIA, ICAO: KMIA, FAA LID: MIA), also known as MIA and historically as Wilcox Field, is the primary airport serving the Miami area, Florida, United States, with over 1,000 daily flights to 167 domestic and international destinations, and one of three airports serving this area. The airport is in an unincorporated area in Miami-Dade County, 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Downtown Miami, in metropolitan Miami, adjacent to the cities of Miami and Miami Springs, and the village of Virginia Gardens. Nearby are the cities of Hialeah and Doral, and the Census-designated place of Fontainebleau.

It is South Florida's main airport for long-haul international flights and a hub for the Southeastern United States, with passenger and cargo flights to cities throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Western Asia, as well as cargo flights to East Asia. It is the largest gateway between the United States and south to Latin America, and is one of the largest airline hubs in the United States, owing to its proximity to tourist attractions, local economic growth, large local Latin American and European populations, and strategic location to handle connecting traffic between North America, Latin America, and Europe. (Full article...)
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The really amazing part, to me, was when Florida made it into the Final Four, the Democrats didn't demand a recount

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Daniel Alan Webster (born April 27, 1949) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Florida's 11th congressional district since 2017. A member of the Republican Party, he first entered Congress in 2011. He previously represented Florida's 10th congressional district from 2011 to 2017 (numbered as the 8th district during his first term). Prior to his congressional service, he served 28 years in the Florida Legislature.

After receiving his engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, he worked in the family air conditioning and heating business that he now owns and operates. He has been a resident of Florida since the age of seven and resides in Winter Garden. First elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1980 and Florida Senate in 1998, Webster is the longest-serving legislator in the history of the state. He rose to become Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives (1996–1998) and Florida Senate Majority Leader (2006–2008); he left the legislature after reaching the legal term limits. He ran unopposed in all of his elections for the state legislature except for the first three: 1980, 1982 and 1984. (Full article...)

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November 20, 2020 – COVID-19 pandemic
The Walt Disney World theme park in Orlando announces that they will bring back their Park Hopper ticket on January 1, 2021, with restrictions. (CNN)
U.S. Senator Rick Scott of Florida tests positive for COVID-19. He is expected to continue working from his house in Naples. (CBS News)
November 13, 2020 – COVID-19 pandemic
Illinois registers 15,415 new cases in the last 24 hours, a new single-day record, breaking a national record that was previously set by Florida on July 12, when that state reported 15,299 cases. (WBBM-TV)
November 12, 2020 – 2020 Atlantic hurricane season
Hurricane Eta makes landfall as a tropical storm near Cedar Key, Florida. (ABC News)
November 11, 2020 – 2020 Atlantic hurricane season
Hurricane Eta restrengthens into a category 1 hurricane as it reaches the Gulf Coast of Florida. (CNN)
November 7, 2020 – 2020 Atlantic hurricane season
Former Hurricane Eta, now a tropical depression, moves toward Cuba after regaining strength. The government of the Bahamas issues a tropical storm watch while a state of emergency is declared in Miami-Dade County, Florida, as the state also prepares for the impact of the storm. The storm left at least 100 people dead in Central America. (CNN)

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A view of the Halifax River in Daytona Beach
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'The Halifax River is part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, located in northeast Volusia County, Florida. The waterway was originally known as the North Mosquito River, but was renamed after George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, during the British occupation of Florida (1763-1784).

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