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
North Lauderdale girl, 12, struck by SUV in driveway
Jul 26, 2014 2:15 am
A 12-year-old North Lauderdale girl was recovering in the hospital late Friday after being struck by an SUV in a driveway, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.
Two women accused in air conditioner thefts in Sunrise
Jul 26, 2014 12:36 am
Two women are accused of stealing air conditioning units from homes and businesses around Broward County and selling the metal for scrap, Sunrise Police said.
Florida attorney general enlists help of doctors in human-trafficking battle | Video
Jul 26, 2014 12:05 am
She was just a child of 13. A prostitute. And an apparent victim of human trafficking.
Stolen valor? Video of alleged fake soldier sparks outrage
Jul 26, 2014 12:01 am
To the untrained eye, he might have looked like a decorated war hero. But it didn't take long for two Marines to decide there was something off about the uniformed man outside the military funeral, wh...
Cats get room to roam at Tri-County Animal Rescue | Video
Jul 25, 2014 11:03 pm
Cats at the Tri-County Animal Rescue now have plenty of room to stretch their legs. All four of them.
'The Bull' taps into South Florida's love for country music
Jul 25, 2014 10:01 pm
'The Bull' taps into South Florida's love for the genre.South Florida's love affair with country music keeps getting stronger. On the FM dial, 93.5 has become "The Bull, Lauderdale's New Hit Coun...
Dolphins' Mike Pouncey, brother Maurkice sued over nightclub incident
Jul 25, 2014 9:38 pm
Lawsuit alleges Pounceys used homophboic slurs, beat man and womanA civil lawsuit has been filed against Dolphins Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey and his twin brother, Maurkice, alleging they used homoph...
Should old buildings be saved? That is the question on Hollywood beach
Jul 25, 2014 9:30 pm
Prospect of historic designation giving some property owners the jitters Treasures to be saved or eyesores to be razed?
Rosenberg sworn in as federal judge
Jul 25, 2014 9:15 pm
Robin Rosenberg was sworn-in Friday as the newest U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of Florida during an "informal" ceremony watched by family, friends, judges, attorneys a...
Have Dolphins at top learned to lead at all?
Jul 25, 2014 8:47 pm
Joe Philbin still won't say hazing is gone – if it is at allRepeat after me: It was just the first day of training camp. It was just the first day of training camp. It was just the first day...