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
Kent State scolds Urban Outfitters' red-spattered sweatshirt
Sep 15, 2014 6:44 pm
Kent State University and many on the Internet criticized Urban Outfitters Inc. on Monday for selling a sweatshirt with its college logo and what appears to be spattered blood, saying it evoked memori...
Fun fact: Miss Florida slapped a shark as a kid
Sep 15, 2014 6:25 pm
Miss Florida Victoria Cowen proved exactly how Florida she is with her fun fact during the Miss America pageant Sunday night.
Microsoft to buy Minecraft maker for $2.5 billion | Video
Sep 15, 2014 5:04 pm
STOCKHOLM/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has agreed to acquire the Stockholm-based developer of the wildly popular Minecraft video game for $2.5 billion, as it tries to lure a new and mostly young...
Police seek man who grabbed cash from Lauderdale Family Dollar | Video
Sep 15, 2014 4:45 pm
Police on Monday released surveillance images of man who investigators say robbed a Family Dollar store.
Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders hit record 4 million on first day
Sep 15, 2014 4:36 pm
(Reuters) - Apple Inc said many customers will need to wait until next month for their new iPhones after a record 4 million first-day pre-orders were logged, double the number for the iPhone 5 two yea...
Miami Dolphins re-sign running back Daniel Thomas
Sep 15, 2014 3:07 pm
The Miami Dolphins, who lost their top two tailbacks to injuries on Sunday, brought back a familiar face to bolster their running game on Monday.
Hurricane Edouard to reach Category 3; no threat to land | Storm alerts
Sep 15, 2014 2:51 pm
Hurricane Edouard, 5 a.m. Monday advisory
US finds Arab support in fight against Islamic State | Video/Photos
Sep 15, 2014 11:31 am
Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join airstrikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded...
Sun and storms this week | Weather alerts
Sep 15, 2014 11:29 am
Expect a relatively nice to start to the week with a mix of sun and clouds and the usual chance of rain.
Oakland Park culinary district attracting investors | Photo gallery
Sep 15, 2014 9:44 am
Efforts to bring the city's downtown back to life may finally have found a recipe for success.