The "Sunshine State" is by far the most popular destination for retirees in America. Blessed with a warm climate and an almost dizzying number of recreational choices, Florida attracts so many seniors (and other new residents) that it is consistently one of the fastest-growing states in the U.S. As recently as 2005, one Florida county (Flagler) had the highest growth rate in the country, and 14 made the list of the hundred fastest-growing counties.
It's not hard to understand the appeal Florida has on newcomers: an extensive and varied coastline featuring wide, sandy beaches, mangrove swamps, and the famous Keys. With a tropical/subtropical climate that encourages gardening, sun-worship, and year-round golf, Florida is filled with exciting urban areas such as Miami, Tampa, and Orlando. Historical sites like St. Augustine and Cape Canaveral are intriguing aside a surprising amount of quiet, purely rural countryside in the central and northern parts of the state.
The famous Everglades in the south, numerous theme parks and sports and extensive parks and preserves featuring boating, fishing, and aquatic activity, have all helped transform Florida from a sleepy Southern backwater to a booming state in little more than a century.
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South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
911 call in toddler's near-drowning: 'I don't think she's breathing' | Video
Apr 16, 2014 5:48 pm
Miramar police have released 911 calls in the near-drowning of an 18-month-old girl who has since made a full recovery.
Feds charge Rothstein's former CFO Irene Stay
Apr 16, 2014 5:33 pm
A trusted member of Rothstein's inner circle, she played a key role in his $1.4B Ponzi scheme, investigators say Federal prosecutors filed a criminal charge Wednesday against Scott Rothstein's former ...
Nearly 300 people missing after South Korea ferry sinks | Video/Photos
Apr 16, 2014 4:36 pm
SEOUL (Reuters) - More than 300 people were missing after a ferry sank off South Korea, the coastguard said on Wednesday, with a three-fold increase in the number of passengers unaccounted for put dow...
FCAT and opting out: Some parents skip exams
Apr 16, 2014 1:39 pm
If you have a kid in a Florida public school, you know it's FCAT season, that sometimes-pressurized time when schools administerthe state's high-stakes standardized tests.
Eagles hatched in Pines make their first flights | Video/Photos
Apr 16, 2014 9:04 am
Pair hatched in January make first flightsA pair of successful student pilots sat in a massive nest in a tall tree near Pines Boulevard, one of them tearing at some food with its beak.
Mostly cloudy, warm today; chance of showers | Weather alerts
Apr 16, 2014 8:41 am
After a muggy hot Tuesday, it should be a bit cooler today. It also is expected to be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and storms, thanks to a stalled cold front.
Convicted thief tells judge, 'I don't care, man, I really don't care' | Video
Apr 16, 2014 2:10 am
A Hollywood man with a long list of grand theft convictions is back behind bars in Broward, jail records show.
Panthers awarded No.1 overall pick in NHL draft
Apr 16, 2014 1:14 am
Florida jumps ahead of Buffalo, which had NHL's worst regular-season record The Florida Panthers missed the NHL playoffs yet again this season, but on Tuesday night there was reason to celebrate.
Suspicious backpacks left near Boston Marathon finish line
Apr 16, 2014 12:53 am
Not a perfect finish for the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.
A somber bon voyage for Titanic exhibit
Apr 15, 2014 11:56 pm
Anna Sophia Turja was just 18 when she boarded the Titanic, bound for her new home: America.
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
A Nor'easter Blows in a Wintry Wind
Apr 16, 2014 3:48 pm
Feeling like January
Teacher of the Week: Amber Kanbroski
Apr 16, 2014 3:46 pm
This week we are featuring Amber Kanbroski as our Teacher of the Week.
SCADpads: Tiny solution to big problem?
Apr 16, 2014 2:58 pm
Could you live in a house the size of a parking spot? Some students at SCAD are trying it out.
Exotic insects, poaching, concerns orchid keepers
Apr 16, 2014 2:46 pm
Hundreds of species of orchids and bromeliads flourished here until about a century ago, when coastal areas from Fort Myers to Miami were becoming urbanized.
Paul McCartney coming to Jacksonville
Apr 16, 2014 2:39 pm
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, along with SMG and AEG announced Sir Paul McCartney is coming to Jacksonville in June.
Victim tells flasher she's not impressed
Apr 16, 2014 2:17 pm
A beach goer in St. Augustine was left unimpressed by a man who exposed himself to her Monday.
Players Championship changes to 3-hole playoff
Apr 16, 2014 10:10 am
THE PLAYERS Championship is changing this year to a three-hole aggregate playoff involving the closing stretch at the TPC Sawgrass.
Train stuck on tracks snarls traffic on CR 210
Apr 16, 2014 9:59 am
Traffic on County Road 210 was at a stand still Wednesday morning.
Driver crashes into stopped school bus
Apr 16, 2014 9:19 am
A 20-year-old man is facing charges of careless driving after hitting a school bus Wednesday morning.
NCAA offers athletes 'all-you-can-eat'
Apr 16, 2014 8:47 am
The NCAA on Tuesday proposed that athletes receive unlimited meals and snacks, the collegiate sports organization said in a news release.