Northern Florida is the "quiet" part of the state, untouched by much of the frenetic development of the South and the Atlantic Coast. Here, the emphasis is on Florida's rich legacy of natural beauty, and the different ways of experiencing it: boating, canoeing, hiking and camping, cycling, and bird-watching are popular leisure activities. But that doesn't mean Northern Florida is devoid of more fast-paced excitement: the chief city, Gainesville, is home to the University of Florida, a sports mecca that boasts national championship teams in several sports. Gainesville also serves as the cultural center for the area, and is home to acclaimed galleries and theater groups.
The Gulf Coast of this region, the northern part of what is known as "the Nature Coast," is one of the most sparsely populated—and best preserved—areas of Florida. Vast wetlands near the coast provide habitat and nurseries for birds and other species. Winding through this part of the state is the famed Suwannee River.
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News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
Man charged with dealing in stolen property
Mar 6, 2014 11:48 pm
A man was arrested Thursday after police say he was dealing in stolen property.
Motion requests information about Florida breathalyzers
Mar 6, 2014 11:28 pm
A local attorney has filed a motion that could impact accused DUI drivers across the state.
Heavy rain floods roads, neighborhoods in Jacksonville
Mar 6, 2014 11:20 pm
Heavy rain caused major flooding in some parts of Jacksonville resulting in some roads being shut down for hours.
Woman allegedly mentioned demons before going into ocean
Mar 6, 2014 10:53 pm
Woman who drove van carrying her and 3 children into the ocean had contact with police just before the incident.
Photo Op: You and the Budweiser Clydesdales
Mar 6, 2014 10:08 pm
The world famous, eight-horse Clydesdale hitch will appear at the Anheuser-Busch Jacksonville Brewery Tour Center
Jewish community agency celebrates 96 years of service
Mar 6, 2014 9:29 pm
A huge crowd gathered Thursday night at The Marriott Southpoint for the Jewish Family and Community Services event
Jay Leno coming to Jacksonville March 27
Mar 6, 2014 9:19 pm
Former "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno will be coming to the River City this month.
Symphony's Starry Nights returns to Metropolitan Park
Mar 6, 2014 9:18 pm
After a 10-year hiatus, the Symphony is bringing back one of the city's most festive events.
Jacksonville to host U.S. Men's soccer team match
Mar 6, 2014 7:00 pm
The U.S. Men's National Team will play a Send-Off Series match in Jacksonville, Fla.
Woman finds bag of sand in Wal-Mart crib box
Mar 6, 2014 6:30 pm
Walmart shopper buys what she think is a crib and finds something else inside