October 1, 2020

Business Florida 2020 - The Regions

Growing Strong

Charlotte • Collier • Lee

| 10/16/2019

Life & Leisure

Be as Active (or as Idle) as You Please
Florida’s Southwest has a little bit of everything to offer: historic downtowns; quaint shops and eclectic galleries; symphony orchestras, theaters, festivals and museums; and an abundance of natural wonders: Sanibel Island; Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary; Ten Thousand Islands; Big Cypress Preserve and Everglades National Park; and miles of coastal waters for swimming, boating, beachcombing and bird watching.

Walk on the Wild Side
Spend a day at the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, a true zoological park where animals graze among plants dating back as far as 1919 and birth rates are soaring. Since January 2019, the zoo has welcomed nine fragile newborns: one rare eastern bongo calf, two endangered clouded leopard kittens, three critically endangered red-ruffed lemurs and three African lion cubs classified as vulnerable to extinction.

Feel Good, Live Long
Two Southwest counties are among the top 12 healthiest in Florida. In a 2019 study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute that looked at health behaviors, access to clinical care, social and economic factors, and air and water quality in Florida’s 67 counties, Collier ranked No. 2 and Lee No. 11. And another piece of positive health news: Naples topped 24/7 Wall Street’s 2018 list of Florida cities with the longest life expectancy.

Find a Place to Call Home in Cape Coral
Cape Coral: In 1957, developers began carving 400 miles of canals into Florida’s southwest coastline to create the city of Cape Coral. The first residents arrived within a few months … and they haven’t stopped coming since. With a population of 183,365, Cape Coral is today the largest city along I-75 between Tampa and Miami and 12th fastest-growing among mid-sized cities nationwide. There’s still room to grow here, but you better like your neighbors. Population density here is 1,528 residents per square mile.

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