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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Tropical disturbance not a depression yet | Storm alerts
Jul 30, 2014 5:50 pm
Tropical disturbance, 8 a.m. Wednesday
Baby sea turtles rescued in Fort Lauderdale
Jul 30, 2014 4:27 pm
Newly hatched sea turtles were rescued from storm drains along the beach Tuesday night after they crawled inland instead of toward the ocean.
Practice report: LIVE updates from Dolphins training camp!
Jul 30, 2014 4:09 pm
-- Tannehill just connected on a 70-yard touchdown on a bomb to Brian Hartline, who was wide open behind Jamar Taylor. Great throw.
'Worst restaurant foods' list released
Jul 30, 2014 3:32 pm
Center for Science in the Public Interest releases list of high-calorie, high-fat, high-sodium and high-sugar meals served at chain restaurantsHow much are you willing to work out in order to dine out...
Dalia Dippolito wins new trial as court tosses murder-for-hire conviction | Videos
Jul 30, 2014 3:26 pm
Plan to have newlywed husband murdered in Boynton Beach in 2009 got worldwide attentionDalia Dippolito the Boynton Beach newlywed convicted in a murder-for-hire plot targeting her now ex-husband des...
Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure off Florida coast
Jul 30, 2014 2:11 pm
A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said on Tuesday.
Homeless man helped by deputy flies home to Indiana | Video
Jul 30, 2014 12:26 pm
By thwarting the mugging of a Fort Lauderdale homeless man last month, an off-duty Broward Sheriff's deputy won himself a departmental citation. He also won the would-be victim a possible ticket home ...
Carnage after Israeli airstrike hits UN school
Jul 30, 2014 10:28 am
Israel killed at least 19 Palestinians sheltering in a school in Gaza's biggest refugee camp on Wednesday, a U.N. official said, as Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal to try to halt more t...
Beachgoers stunned when small plane lands on the sand | Video
Jul 30, 2014 9:48 am
The cover photo of Jafet Cordeiro’s Facebook page shows his gold-and-black trimmed Cessna Skyhawk parked on a non-descript runway.
Fattitude: Documentary promotes body acceptance | Video
Jul 30, 2014 9:12 am
Lindsey Averill spent most of her life thinking things would be better if she could just get skinnier.