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.
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
Weak front drifting
Apr 23, 2014 3:03 pm
Weak front drifting
Columbia County High School gun threat found to be hoax
Apr 23, 2014 2:17 pm
Columbia County High School is on lockdown, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
THE PLAYERS Donna 5K
Apr 23, 2014 2:05 pm
The fight to finish breast cancer continues May 3 when runners and walkers of all levels are welcomed to experience a behind-the-scenes 5K route through THE PLAYERS Stadium Course.
FCAT glitch resolved says Fla. Commissioner of Education
Apr 23, 2014 12:55 pm
The issue stopping students from logging in and taking this year's Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test has been resolved
Fair housing in the spotlight this month
Apr 23, 2014 12:16 pm
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid recognizes Fair Housing Month with upcoming events
Benefit for 'Children of Fallen Patriots' Wednesday
Apr 23, 2014 8:11 am
"Raise your Glass for the Fallen" hosted by the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation at Latitude 30
Mako shark caught in Gulf waters could break record
Apr 23, 2014 7:49 am
Earnie Polk, 43, said he and Joey Polk hooked an 11-foot, 805-pound shortfin mako shark off a Gulf Coast beach at about 10:30 p.m., and it took about an hour to bring the beast to shore.
Up in Arms: Georgia governor to sign controversial gun bill Wednesday
Apr 23, 2014 7:17 am
One of the most permissive state gun laws in the nation, it will allow licensed owners to carry firearms into more public places than at any time in the past century, including bars and government bui...
AT&T eyes 100 cities for super-fast internet
Apr 23, 2014 6:43 am
The telecommunications giant announced that it was looking to expand its AT&T U-verse with GigaPowerSM service to 100 markets.
Florida set to execute convicted double murderer
Apr 23, 2014 6:02 am
Florida is set to execute a man convicted of killing his cousin and his cousin's wife to prevent the cousin from testifying at his burglary trial.