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
Carnival aims to launch Miami to Cuba cruises in May
Jul 7, 2015 7:25 pm
The world's largest cruise company could be heading to Cuba.
Rubio jabs both parties in economic pitch
Jul 7, 2015 6:42 pm
Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio called for lower corporate tax rates, looser Internet regulation and broader college accreditation on Tuesday, in an economic policy speech that denounced...
Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari to lead Oddball Comedy tour
Jul 7, 2015 6:26 pm
Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari will be the headliners this year when the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival hits the road looking for laughs.
Thousands of birds abandon eggs, nests on Florida island
Jul 7, 2015 6:09 pm
The din created by thousands of nesting birds is usually the first thing you notice about Seahorse Key, a 150-acre mangrove-covered dune off Florida's Gulf Coast.
SpaceX close to figuring out rocket failure during launch
Jul 7, 2015 5:34 pm
SpaceX still is trying to figure out what caused its rocket to break apart during liftoff nine days ago, but is getting close to an answer, the company's chief executive said Tuesday.
PGA Grand Slam to move from Trump Course in Los Angeles
Jul 7, 2015 5:34 pm
The PGA of America is moving its Grand Slam of Golf from Donald Trump's golf course in Los Angeles, the first significant fallout for golf from the Republican presidential candidate's comments on ille...
Panama City Beach rebounds after turbulent spring break
Jul 7, 2015 5:34 pm
Following a spring break filled with shootings, an alleged gang rape and other mayhem, Panama City Beach is having a record-breaking summer tourism season as experts say the community did a good job o...
Body of missing 17-year-old found in Miami woods
Jul 7, 2015 5:15 pm
A 17-year-old Miami boy missing for more than a week has been found dead in a wooded area.
Spain: 2 Americans, 1 Briton gored in 1st Pamplona bull run
Jul 7, 2015 2:51 pm
Two Americans and a Briton were gored and eight other people were injured Tuesday as thousands of daredevils dashed alongside fighting bulls through the streets of Pamplona on the first bull run of th...
FBI: $5K reward for 'filter bandit' in Florida bank heists
Jul 7, 2015 2:50 pm
The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward in the case of a serial South Florida bank robber dubbed the "filter bandit" because he usually wears a dust mask.