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 one of the highest average precipitation levels of any state in large part because afternoon thunderstorms are common in much of the state from late spring until early autumn a narrow eastern part of the state including Orlando and Jacksonville receives between 2,400 and 2,800 hours of sunshine annually the rest of the state including Miami receives between 2,800 and 3,200 hours annually; . Miami's Brickell neighborhood is amongst the fastest-growing areas of Miami-Dade County Best-Catholic-Colleges.com 2016: ranked Barry University's School of Social Work as No 3 in its list of Best 25 Catholic Social Work Schools in the country. . In December 1979 police officers pursued motorcyclist Arthur McDuffie in a high-speed chase after McDuffie made a provocative gesture towards a police officer the officers claimed that the chase ended when McDuffie crashed his motorcycle and died but the coroner's report concluded otherwise One of the officers testified that McDuffie fell off of his bike on an Interstate 95 on-ramp When the police reached him he was injured but okay the officers removed his helmet beat him to death with their batons put his helmet back on and called an ambulance claiming there had been a motorcycle accident Eula McDuffie the victim's mother said to the Miami Herald a few days later "They beat my son like a dog They beat him just because he was riding a motorcycle and because he was black." a jury acquitted the officers after a brief deliberation, In the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections Barack Obama carried the state as a northern Democrat attracting high voter turnout especially among the young Independents and minority voters of whom Hispanics comprise an increasingly large proportion 2008 marked the first time since 1944 when Franklin D Roosevelt carried the state for the fourth time that Florida was carried by a Northern Democrat for president, See also: List of radio stations in Florida. . University rankings The Florida peninsula is a porous plateau of karst limestone sitting atop bedrock known as the Florida Platform the largest deposits of potash in the United States are found in Florida the largest deposits of rock phosphate in the country are found in Florida Most of this is in Bone Valley, A 2007 survey by geographers Ary J Lamme and Raymond K Oldakowski found that the "Glades" has emerged as a distinct vernacular region of Florida it comprises the interior areas and southernmost Gulf Coast of South Florida largely corresponding to the Everglades itself It is one of the most sparsely populated areas of the state.
12.3 Libraries Geology Spain-United States Chamber of Commerce. Miami Marlins Baseball 1993 Major League Baseball Marlins Park World Series (2) (1997 2003), MIA has a number of air cargo facilities the largest cargo complex is located on the west side of the airport inside the triangle formed by Runways 12/30 and 9/27 Cargo carriers such as LAN Cargo Atlas Air Southern Air Amerijet International and DHL operate from this area the largest privately owned facility is the Centurion Cargo complex in the northeast corner of the airport with over 51,000 m2 (550,000 sq ft) of warehouse space FedEx and UPS operate their own facilities in the northwest corner of the airport off of 36th Street in addition to its large passenger terminal in Concourse D American Airlines operates a maintenance base to the east of Concourse D centered around a semicircular hangar originally used by National Airlines which can accommodate three widebody aircraft, After learning of the verdict of the McDuffie case one of the worst riots in the history of the United States, the Liberty City Riots of 1980 broke out By the time the rioting ceased three days later over 850 people had been arrested and at least 18 people had died Property damage was estimated at around one hundred million dollars; Public schools in Miami are governed by Miami-Dade County Public Schools which is the largest school district in Florida and the fourth-largest in the United States as of September 2008 it has a student enrollment of 385,655 and over 392 schools and centers the district is also the largest minority public school system in the country with 60% of its students being of Hispanic origin 28% Black or West Indian American 10% White (non-Hispanic) and 2% non-white of other minorities. Miami's Freedom Tower, International Hurricane Research Center, Concourse J at Miami International Airport 5.1 Top private employers. At the time of its closure Concourse C had 3 gates: C5 C7 C9 There was some opposition to the railroad line being returned to service with claims that it would be as much of a problem to downtown traffic as container trucks and that the noise would be a disturbance to nearby residents However trains are occasional and will be reserved for specialty freight such as oversized loads and hazardous materials which will be banned from the tunnel. as well trains will be able to travel at up to 30 mph (50 km/h) on the newly renovated line in contrast to the old limit of 5 mph (8 km/h) and so will be able to cross Biscayne Boulevard in 90 seconds the current plan is for the line to be strictly for intermodal services with the project including a rail yard and station at the port However a passenger station may be added in the future.