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Discover Florida Resources


The "Discover Florida Resources" subject guide, meticulously crafted by the FAU Government Information and Maps Department, serves as a comprehensive repository for exploring the multifaceted dimensions of the Sunshine State. Tailored to meet the diverse needs of researchers, students, and enthusiasts, this guide offers a wealth of information covering various aspects of Florida's history, culture, government, and civic engagement.

At the guide's core are sections dedicated to "Florida Government Resources/Information" and "Florida Statutes and Laws of Florida," providing users access to official government documents, legislative records, and administrative materials. Researchers can delve into the workings of Florida's state government, explore legislative initiatives, and access legal resources essential for understanding the state's regulatory framework.

Additionally, the guide features a robust section on "Florida History, Culture, and Heritage," offering users insights into the state's rich cultural tapestry, historical landmarks, and significant events. From explorations of Florida's indigenous peoples to examinations of its colonial past and modern-day cultural dynamics, this section provides a comprehensive overview of Florida's heritage.

Furthermore, the guide includes a dedicated section on "Florida Voter Information," empowering citizens with the resources they need to participate fully in the democratic process. Users can access voter registration information, election guidelines, and resources for researching candidates and ballot initiatives, ensuring informed and engaged participation in Florida's electoral system.

With its user-friendly interface and curated selection of resources, the "Discover Florida Resources" subject guide is invaluable for anyone seeking to explore the diverse facets of Florida's identity, governance, and civic life. Whether conducting research, studying state laws, delving into history and culture, or preparing to vote, users will find the guide a comprehensive and indispensable resource for understanding and engaging with the Sunshine State.

FAU's Wimberly Library Celebrates 50+ years as a Florida Depository Library Program member since 1968...

The Florida Atlantic University Libraries serve as a Depository for documents published by Florida governmental agencies.  The Florida Documents print collection can be found at the S.E. Wimberly Library in Boca Raton.  The Florida Documents online collection can be accessed through the FAU catalog.


or the State Library of Florida website


     Population: VISIT FLORIDA 20,216,600 (2020,est. - U.S. rank:  4th)

     Capital:  Tallahassee

     Governor:  Ron DeSantis (Rep. - elected 2018)

     Statehood:  March 3,1845 (the 27th State admitted to the Union)

     Total Area:  58,560 square miles (U.S. rank:  22nd)

     Coastline:  1,197 statute miles

     Beaches:  663 miles

     Highest Natural Elevation:  345 feet - Britton Hill (near Lakewood, FL). 

     Number of Counties:  67

(Largest:  Palm Beach - 2578 square miles.  Smallest:  Union - 245 square miles)

source:  Florida Department of State


Florida has 1,197 statute miles of coastline.

 2,276 statute miles of Tidal shoreline (general).

663 miles of beaches.


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Florida has 67 counties.

The largest is Palm Beach county covering 2,578 square miles (it is the largest county east of the Mississippi River and bigger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island)

The smallest is Union county at 245 square miles

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St. Augustine is considered America's oldest city -- it was established in 1565 by Spain.

However, Native peoples first reached Florida at least 12,000 years ago

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Florida became the twenty-seventh state in the United States on March 3, 1845.

It had a population of around 60,000 people.

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Florida's 'State Animal' is the Florida Panther.

The 'State Marine Mammal' is the Manatee

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Central Florida is the lightning capital of the USA.

  • Severe weather is actually really common in Florida, especially in the central region.
  • Here it experiences more lightning strikes than anywhere else in the USA.
  • Florida also has more tornadoes per area than any of the other states too.
  • Hurricanes, you ask? Well, Florida also has so many of them that it’s the most hurricane-prone state too. Sunshine State, hah!


There is only one place in the world where you can find crocodiles and alligators, and that’s in Florida.

  • In the Everglades National Park, the largest tropical wildlands in the US, you can find such a sight.
  • While you can find alligators all over Florida, the only place where you can see the American crocodile, a protected species, is here.
  • There are actually 38 different protected species in the Everglades National Park, including the West Indian manatee and the Florida panther – one of the most endangered mammals left on this planet.