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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Palm Beach County asks FEMA for digital flood zone maps
Aug 20, 2014 7:10 pm
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has sent Palm Beach County officials the preliminary flood zone maps -- in three big boxes.
Tropical disturbance given high chance of developing | Storm alerts
Aug 20, 2014 6:23 pm
Now there is only disturbance on the National Hurricane Center's radar, and it's being given a high chance of developing over the next five days.
Boynton officer seriously hurt after being hit by car, police say | Video
Aug 20, 2014 6:12 pm
Three people have been arrested after an officer was seriously injured when he was hit by a car fleeing a traffic stop, according to a Boynton Beach Police news release.
Teen missing from Fort Lauderdale found, police say
Aug 20, 2014 6:10 pm
Shaina McBride, the teenager who had been missing from Fort Lauderdale has been found safe, police announced Wednesday.
Boynton police could finalize contract, get raises
Aug 20, 2014 6:03 pm
Some officers haven't seen a raise in four yearsA final contract could be on the way for Boynton Beach 's union police officers.
Student gets suspended for saying 'bless you' | Video
Aug 20, 2014 5:11 pm
A Tennessee high school student was suspended after breaking a class rule by saying "bless you" after a classmate sneezed, WMCreports.
Some Corona recalled over concerns of glass particles in beer
Aug 20, 2014 2:09 pm
The producer of Corona brand beer has issued a recall over concerns that some bottles of the beverage may contain small pieces of glass.
Hyde5: Should Dolphins call Tony Gonzalez?
Aug 20, 2014 12:17 pm
1. Should the Dolphins have Tony Gonzalez on speed dial? Just for the prayer he'd pick up the phone? He's the big, productive tight end this offense needs. He's retired and on TV this fall, but admitt...
S. Fla. journalist threatened after colleague's beheading by militants | Video
Aug 20, 2014 9:21 am
The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by Islamic militants, said on Tuesday her son gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people and she asked his kidnappers to...
Hot with more haze today | Weather alerts
Aug 20, 2014 9:08 am
Expect another hot day with plenty of sun and a small chance of storms. Meanwhile, the Saharan dust causing the hazy skies should still be around today but not as thick.