Florida's Lower Gulf Coast is a series of layers: on the outside, a string of barrier islands with popular and crowded beaches; next, a series of large and small communities anchored by Sarasota in the north and Naples in the south; and finally, virtually empty rural areas that are largely sawgrass wilderness.
Virtually all of Florida south of Lake Okeechobee and outside the coast strips is taken up by the Everglades. This "River of Grass" is crossed by I-75 in the famed "Alligator Alley" that runs between Ft. Lauderdale and Naples. But from Naples north along the coast is a virtually unbroken string of small towns and cities, joined together by their proximity to the Gulf and the fishing, shipping, and tourism industries that developed and sustains this region.
Sarasota is considered the major cultural center of the region. This city developed a reputation as an artists' colony in the 1920s, and today the town is known worldwide for its music festivals, its ballet, opera, and theater. Farther south, Port Charlotte, Cape Coral, and Fort Myers are the major urban centers.
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South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
U.S. has no idea how many fugitives Cuba's harboring
Jan 31, 2015 12:10 am
The United States does not know how many fugitives are in Cuba.
'I don't want to die,' woman tells attacker in Pompano Beach restroom
Jan 30, 2015 11:23 pm
Over two years of cleaning public restrooms in Broward County parks, the worst DaJuan Johnson ever had to deal with was catching a homeless person sleeping in a bathroom stall.
Tougher rules sought for racing industry
Jan 30, 2015 10:53 pm
Lawmakers are looking to clamp down on the racing industry, filing bills that would require greyhound injuries be reported, tightening regulations, and increasing fines for the doping of animals.
Relatives and friends of missing woman rally in Fort Lauderdale
Jan 30, 2015 9:55 pm
Relatives and friends of a missing 51-year-old woman rallied Friday evening in Fort Lauderdale, not far from where she was last seen.
Lauderdale beach plans scaled back
Jan 30, 2015 9:44 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE – It turns out $108 million will only go so far when it comes to improvements to the city's central beach area.
Two charged with burglarizing homes; more than $48K in property stolen
Jan 30, 2015 9:41 pm
Two 18-year-olds are accused of breaking into five Cooper City homes and stealing property worth an estimated $48,533, the Broward Sheriff's Office said Friday.
Tri-Rail link to downtown Miami needs $69 million in funds to happen
Jan 30, 2015 8:43 pm
In less than two years, commuters might be able to take Tri-Rail all the way to downtown Miami without switching to Metrorail.
Women's self-defense course starts Tuesday at Florida Atlantic University in Davie
Jan 30, 2015 6:10 pm
A self-defense course is being offered to Broward County women at Florida Atlantic University's Davie campus beginning Tuesday.
Margate might force condos to join in garbage collection
Jan 30, 2015 12:03 pm
For the first time, Margate's condo dwellers might be forced to participate in the city's recycling and garbage collection — and pay the same amount as single-family homeowners.
Threats of bombs, violence disrupt classes at six Broward schools
Jan 30, 2015 9:52 am
Bomb threats and an unrelated cellphone video rant by a high school student caused disruptions and temporary shutdowns at six Broward County schools Thursday.