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
State helps combat flooding in Fort Lauderdale's isle communities
Oct 22, 2014 7:35 pm
Fort Lauderdale's effort to control tidal flooding on the isle communities off Las Olas Boulevard is receiving a $700,000 boost from the state.
Plantation General moving closer to leaving city
Oct 22, 2014 5:55 pm
Plantation General Hospital is inching closer to moving away from its namesake city.
South Florida's weather: It's hot and it's odd
Oct 22, 2014 5:12 pm
Ask anyone about South Florida's weather and they'll tell you it is either hot, or hotter.
Fort Lauderdale commissioners trim proposed high-rise condo
Oct 22, 2014 2:39 pm
A proposed luxury high-rise condominium along the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale won commission support early Wednesday — if the developer can work with the lower height limit comm...
More showers and storms today
Oct 22, 2014 2:27 pm
Expect more showers and storms today, courtesy of the disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sunrise synagogue to complete mystery Torah
Oct 22, 2014 1:17 pm
It's taken 100 years, but a mystery Torah will be completed in a public ceremony.
Fort Lauderdale commissioners pull all-nighter and approve homeless feeding restrictions
Oct 22, 2014 8:31 am
Fort Lauderdale commissioners ended a marathon meeting early Wednesday by giving final approval to new restrictions on where and how charitable groups can feed the homeless in the city.
School districts celebrate LGBT History Month
Oct 22, 2014 1:09 am
South Florida school districts voiced their support this month for the contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
John Goodman retrial: Jurors hear more about 'man-cave' defense
Oct 22, 2014 12:36 am
The jurors in John Goodman's DUI manslaughter trial had heard about the "man cave" where the polo club founder says he chugged liquor after the Feb. 12, 2010 crash that resulted in Scott Wil...
Fort Lauderdale approves Flagler Village loop for streetcar project
Oct 22, 2014 12:14 am
Fort Lauderdale commissioners have approved expanding plans for the downtown Wave electric streetcar project with a Flagler Village loop that will help the city's efforts to attract new businesses to ...