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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New Haile Homestead visitors center has more walls 'talking'
Apr 23, 2017 1:08 am
The museum features a timeline and genealogy of the Haile family, which began when Thomas Evans Haile and his wife, Serena Chestnut Haile, moved to the Kanapaha area of Alachua County in 1854 and esta...
Saturday's March for Science draws nearly 1,000 protestors
Apr 23, 2017 12:13 am
A young man walked on the yellow line of the road on University Avenue, safe on his chosen path because of the police escort. A bullhorn raised to his mouth, he looked around at the hundreds of studen...
'Got Drugs' initiative planned April 29
Apr 22, 2017 9:20 pm
Local law enforcement agencies will participate in the annual “Got Drugs” initiative on April 29.Sponsored by the DEA, the program allows the public to turn in unwanted pills to ...
Daily pill decreases HIV-infection risk by up to 92 percent
Apr 22, 2017 8:01 pm
People at high risk of contracting HIV are encouraged to take advantage of a new program that will drastically reduce their chances of becoming infected with the dreadful virus.The Pre-Exposure Prophy...
Major improvements planned for SE 43rd St.
Apr 22, 2017 7:39 pm
Several road construction projects are ongoing in Alachua County, while a couple are on hold, awaiting money.The projects range from resurfacing Northwest County Road 236 from U.S. 441 to Interstate 7...
Students witness teacher become citizen
Apr 22, 2017 4:25 pm
Trina Martinez, originally from Venezuela, became a citizen in front of her school's third-graders after they learned about civics.
Braddy ordered to pay $4,000 fine for ethics breach
Apr 21, 2017 11:51 pm
Former Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy was censured and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine by the Florida Commission on Ethics for accepting money for hotel rooms and a visit to a strip club with former Gainesv...