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
Live blog: Severe weather Friday
Apr 18, 2014 3:52 pm
Stay with First Coast News meteorologists for the latest on this severe weather Friday.
Flood watch in effect
Apr 18, 2014 3:17 pm
A flood watch is in effect
I-95 exit ramp to Old. St. Augustine Road closed
Apr 18, 2014 2:35 pm
The I-95 SB exit ramp to Old St. Augustine Road will be closed for about two hours.
Student of the Week: Tyler Bass
Apr 18, 2014 12:17 pm
It is Friday so that means it is time for our Student of the Week! This week we are featuring Tyler Bass at Mandarin Middle School.
Breakfast fundraiser to benefit Justice Coalition
Apr 18, 2014 11:58 am
Daughter of 2013 murder victim to speak at Justice Coalition fundraiser breakfast Thursday.
Vehicle knocks JEA pole down, power out
Apr 18, 2014 10:36 am
The westbound lanes of Collins Road are closed due to a crash with injuries near the intersection of Pineverde Lane, according to an alert from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Jaxon's Night Market premiere
Apr 17, 2014 11:59 pm
The premiere of Jaxson's Night Market, a monthly farmer's market was Thursday evening.
Local Ukrainian-Jewish refugee helping other refugees
Apr 17, 2014 11:19 pm
A local Ukrainian-Jewish refugee is changing the lives of hundreds of refugee families settling on the First Coast.
Palatka streets erupt with two days of violence
Apr 17, 2014 10:38 pm
Palatka Police say two shooting incidents that occurred on consecutive days are related.
3 sentenced for stealing guns, cash from Ga. home
Apr 17, 2014 7:07 pm
3 people, including two from Palm Coast, were sentenced to prison for stealing machine guns and cash from a Georgia home.