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
Nova ocean research center renamed for Guy Harvey
Oct 31, 2014 1:07 am
Nove Southeastern University plans to rename its Oceanographic Center in honor of wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey.
Inventor's app links history to location
Oct 30, 2014 11:59 pm
Ray Briant III wants to put history in the palm of your hand.
Helicopter, airboat used in rescue of missing man
Oct 30, 2014 11:43 pm
A helicopter, a K-9 unit and an airboat were used in the rescue of an 85-year-old man who was reported missing in West Palm Beach and found in Broward County.
Robber hits up Parkland bank, runs away
Oct 30, 2014 10:15 pm
The search is on for a hooded robber who demanded money from an employee at a Parkland bank and then ran away.
Police release second sketch after Hollywood abduction attempts
Oct 30, 2014 9:04 pm
After three attempted abductions of two girls and a woman in downtown Hollywood within the past two weeks, police on Thursday released a second sketch of possible suspects.
Broward Property Appraiser's Office gets into Halloween spirit
Oct 30, 2014 8:35 pm
Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish is known for running a tight ship.
Polo magnate John Goodman's sentencing set for Nov. 19
Oct 30, 2014 8:17 pm
Wellington polo executive John Goodman's sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19.
Broward superintendent, teachers groups united on testing, evaluations
Oct 30, 2014 7:44 pm
Broward County schools hope to find solutions to address two major teacher complaints: evaluations and high school schedules.
Pickup vs bus captured on video
Oct 30, 2014 6:33 pm
The bus was headed west on Sample Road. Traffic was light, but the road was wet from rain. Suddenly, passengers inside the Broward County Transit Route 34 bus started screaming.
Israel's one-armed sharpshooter to speak in Springs, Boynton
Oct 30, 2014 3:37 pm
After he lost his left arm in a mortar attack near Gaza and was lying in the hospital, Izzy Ezagui made a decision: He was going to rejoin the Israeli army.