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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Kidney donors and recipients embrace act that gives life
Apr 30, 2017 5:34 am
April is National Donate Life Month, a designated time to honor living and deceased donors who gave so others could live.
UF top execs' perks are cherry atop already-healthy salaries
Apr 30, 2017 5:31 am
Lesser-known perks for top UF executives include private-school tuition, car allowances and incentive pay, records show.
Ironwood Golf Course to close four months for $300,000 in renovations
Apr 30, 2017 5:31 am
Closing from Monday through Aug. 31, the golf course will receive improvements including fairway work, clubhouse upgrades, new accommodations and general course maintenance.
Dip in UF international-student applicants causes worry
Apr 30, 2017 3:42 am
Though UF officials tout diversity as a strength, some international students say they have concerns that the U.S. is less friendly to them than before.
Lucky locals get season's first splash as city pool reopens
Apr 29, 2017 4:24 am
The H. Spurgeon Cherry pool at Westside Park reopened Friday, on a day recorded as the hottest day for this date in Gainesville in more than 25 years.
State Legislature to leave conservation programs unfunded
Apr 29, 2017 2:26 am
TALLHASSEE — Florida lawmakers have tentatively agreed to pull funding from the state's top land conservation programs.State Sen. Rob Bradley, chairman of the budget conference subcommittee...
Voters may get GRU oversight vote in 2018
Apr 29, 2017 12:05 am
A state House bill that could wrest control of Gainesville’s utility from the city commission and give it to a separate authority passed the House floor Friday.House bill 759 was approved 7...
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