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
Ocean cleanup reunites Ontario man with wedding band
Apr 26, 2015 9:32 pm
The odds not to mention sand and water were stacked deep against the reunion of Michael Sonsogno and his wedding ring after it dropped into the ocean from Anglins Fishing Pier in January.
Carbon monoxide detector saves lives in apartment complex
Apr 24, 2015 10:24 pm
When Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to a 911 call prompted by a resident's beeping carbon monoxide detector, paramedics found an unconscious man inside a townhome and a car running in the garag...
Deerfield sets limits on how high you can go with grass
Apr 24, 2015 9:26 pm
This city is getting tough on lawn-mowing slackers. It will no longer tolerate 2-foot tall grass.
Brian Piccolo had been Fort Lauderdale football star
Apr 24, 2015 9:08 pm
NFL fullback Brian Piccolo, whose early death from cancer was the subject of the tear-jerker TV movie Brian's Song, first made his name as a Fort Lauderdale football star.
Ex-Sunrise manager gets job with Broward County
Apr 24, 2015 8:47 pm
Alan Cohen, former top boss in Sunrise, has landed a new job with Broward County .
Tamarac sets new spot for info session
Apr 24, 2015 7:29 pm
The location has been changed for a community meeting for District 3 generally the areas of Westwood, Spring Lake Village and Kings Point.
Legislative battle of wills means few bills passing
Apr 24, 2015 6:56 pm
With just one week left in the legislative session, these bills appear to be dead: Guns in schools and on college campuses, allowing adoption agencies the right to turn away gay couples, limiting whic...
Raincoat-wearing robber holds up Pompano bank
Apr 24, 2015 6:26 pm
A robber wearing a hooded knee-length raincoat held up a bank on Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach late Friday morning.
Up-the-skirt shoplifter swipes electronics at Weston store
Apr 24, 2015 5:56 pm
An up-the-skirt shoplifter struck at a Weston Radio Shack and sauntered away with more than $1,000 worth of electronics stuffed under her floral frock, authorities say.
State: Swap older SunPass transponders by Dec. 31
Apr 24, 2015 5:50 pm
Got a battery-operated SunPass? If you haven't replaced it already, your time to do so is running out.