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04:42:49 PM Jan 6th 2012
I was wondering whether or not we should do a cursory overview of some of the larger cities in Florida. (Though perhaps separate articles would be more appropriate). I'm thinking Orlando, Jacksonville, Miami, and Tampa Bay.
09:17:36 PM Feb 6th 2012
It might be a good idea to do so as a useful notes thing. Key West might deserve a place in such an overview as well, given how weird it is by Florida standards, and for the history of the place. It was for a few decades the per-capita richest city in the US just off proceeds from wrecking.
10:49:35 AM Sep 15th 2011
edited by DonaldthePotholer
As a guy who's been a resident of Florida for about 60% of my life (Got my Bachelor's Degree in Mobile, AL, but still had my permanent residence listed in the Panhandle, so continuous ever since 10 days from my 13th Birthday), I have a general rule of thumb for the boundaries for the 3 types of Florida. Partly using the terms already on the page:

Southern Florida can be considered anywhere within 15 miles of I-95 (extended southward from its terminus in Coral Gables) in Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach Counties.*

Coastal Florida can be considered the Keys and anywhere within 15 miles of any free Interstate (not the Turnpike or the Alligator Alley portion of I-75) south of and including Interstate 4, exclusive of Southern Florida above, but also excluding Volusia County (where I-95 and I-4 meet). Reason for the latter exception being that some yahoos still drive 'round in cars sponsored by moonshine there.*

Old Florida is comprised of 2 regions: The Southern portion is that white hole between the interior 15-mile lines of I-75 (Naples & North), I-4, I-95/US 1, and the Intracoastal Waterway in Florida Bay. The Northern portion is all land North of the "northern" 15-mile I-4 line plus all of Volusia County.

As for the Panhandle boundaries: speaking from a physical standpoint, I could claim that the boundary between the Panhandle and the Peninsula is the Suwanee River (made famous in song). Reason being that both it and the St. Mary's River (boundary between Jacksonville and Georgia) are both sourced from the Okefenokee swamp, creating a continuous water boundary around the southeastern 2/3rds of the state.* . Culturally, however, the Time Zone line may be more permanent, along with the fact that most atlases usually include Tallahassee on the main map, but leave the Apalachicola and parts west to a insert.

In the meantime, I'm going to try to separate the Citrus and Sugar fields (which I call "Displaced Swamp Peoples") from South(East)ern Florida, as that's synonymous with Miami. And the Keys.
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