1. Clearwater, Florida has the highest rate of lightning strikes in the United States due to the sea breezes colliding between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The strikes result in 10 deaths and 30 injuries per year on average.
2. St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in North America, founded by the Spaniards in 1565.
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3. Lake Okeechobee, one of over 30,000 lakes in the state, is the largest freshwater lake in the United States. Its size is 700 square miles, but its depth is only 9 feet.
4. Florida has the most golf courses in the United States.
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5. Gatorade was invented to counteract the Florida heat and was named after the University of Florida Gators.
6. Ray Charles launched his music career in Florida.
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7. Fort Lauderdale, with its 185 miles of local waterways, is nicknamed "the Venice of America".
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8. The Everglades are full of swamps which are essential to the environment: they act as a filter to clean the water, serve as a habitat for plants and wildlife and prevent flooding by slowing down the flow of water.
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9. Cape Canaveral is America's launch pad for space flights.
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10. The Benwood, on the French Reef in the Florida Keys, is known as one of the most dived shipwrecks in the world.
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