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
El Nio confirmed, may reduce hurricane threat
Mar 5, 2015 7:32 pm
The climate phenomenon called El Nio has arrived for the first time in five years, and with it could come a decrease in the upcoming season's risk of hurricanes.
Man sells van, falsely reports it stolen, police say
Mar 5, 2015 7:11 pm
In an apparent attempt to have his cake and eat it too, Miramar police say Orville Arson Massop sold a van to a 73-year-old man and then falsely reported it stolen.
South Florida flights affected by LaGuardia runway skid, more snow
Mar 5, 2015 6:46 pm
About 130 flights departing from or arriving to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport were either canceled or delayed Thursday due to weather conditions and a runway mishap at a New York air...
Sheriff's Office hosting community showcase at Markham Park
Mar 5, 2015 5:51 pm
As part of the ongoing observance of Broward County's Centennial, the Broward Sheriff's Office will be hosting the Uniting Broward Community Showcase on Saturday at Markham Park in Sunrise.
Deerfield creates new rules on doggie doo
Mar 5, 2015 5:08 pm
Even if you're pooped out, don't forget to bring a puppy pouch when you take doggy out for a walk.
South Florida: Where the sharks are
Mar 5, 2015 1:32 pm
On a violently pitching boat just outside Singer Island's surf zone, Stephen Kajiura and a crew of students set out baited hooks for sharks.
Firefighter treated after flames damage abandoned Lauderdale duplex
Mar 5, 2015 12:29 am
A firefighter required hospital treatment while others were battling flames at an abandoned duplex in Fort Lauderdale, fire officials said.
Tri-Rail train hits car in Pompano Beach
Mar 5, 2015 12:25 am
No injuries were reported after a train struck a car Wednesday evening in Pompano Beach.
Two schools evacuated after threat reported
Mar 5, 2015 12:17 am
A "credible threat" prompted children to be evacuated from two Lauderhill schools for more than three hours Wednesday morning, police said.
Gun, knife, ammo found in 13-year-old's book bag at Sunrise Middle School
Mar 4, 2015 11:51 pm
A Sunrise Middle student had a gun, knife, ammunition, mask and fireworks in his book bag on campus, according to a police report obtained Wednesday by the Sun Sentinel.