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"The Sunshine State" is Florida's official state nickname because of the many sunny days in Florida. It was adopted by the 1970 Legislature.

Florida actually means "full of flowers" named by explorer Ponce de Leon because of all the flowers he saw when he landed here in 1513. Florida's semi-tropical climate allows it to have year-round flowers and lush vegetation.

Florida Professional Sports Franchises

National Football League

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    Miami Dolphins

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Arena Football

    Orlando Predators

    Tampa Bay Storm

National Basketball Association

    Miami Heat

    Orlando Magic

Major League Baseball

    Florida Marlins

National Hockey League

    Tampa Bay Lightning

    Florida Panthers

American Professional Soccer League

    Fort Lauderdale Strikers

    Miami Freedom

    Tampa Bay Rowdies

Famous Florida Residents

A. J. McLean singer, West Palm Beach

A. Philip Randolph labor leader, Crescent City

Ben Vereen actor, Miami

Butterfly McQueen actress, Tampa

David Robinson basketball, Key West

Don Sutton baseball player, Pensacola Dwight Gooden baseball player, Tampa

Fay Dunaway actress, Bascom

Fernando Bujones ballet dancer, Miami

Frances Langford singer, Lakeland

Howie Dorough singer, Orlando

James Weldon Johnson author, educator, Jacksonville

Jim Morrison singer, Melbourne

Joseph W. Stilwell army general, Palatka

Julian Cannonball Adderley jazz saxophonist, Tampa

Norman E. Thargard astronaut

Osceola Seminole Indian leader

Pat Boone singer, Jacksonville

Sidney Poitier actor, Miami

Stepin Fetchit comedian, Key West

Steve Carlton baseball player, Miami