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The State of Florida is a state in the southeastern United States. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. Florida's nickname is the Sunshine State but severe weather is a common occurrence in the state. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama.
Sanibel is a city in Lee County, Florida, United States. The population was 6,064 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 6,102. The city is on Sanibel Island on the gulf coast of southwest Florida, and is linked to the mainland by the Sanibel cause way.
The main town is at the eastern end of the island, while the community of santiva is at the northwestern end. The city was formed in 1974 as a direct result of the main cause way being built in 1963 to replace the ferry and the rampant construction and development that occurred afterward. Developers sued over the new restrictions, but the city and citizens prevailed in their quest to protect the island. The only buildings above two to three stories, now on the barrier island were built during that period.
According to the U.S Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 85.9 kilometer square. 44.6 kilometer square of it is land and 41.3 kilometer square of it is water. In the city the population was spread out with 10.1 percent under the age of 18, 1.7 percent from 18 to 24, 12.4 percent from 25 to 44, 35.8 percent from 45 to 64, and 40 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 60 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.

The city is often regarded as among the most beautiful parts of United States, it is one of the most visited places amongst the most die hard travelers the world over. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. The city has undergone some improvement in various fields and enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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