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Map of the Florida Heartland

The Florida Heartland is a region of Florida located to the north and west of Lake Okeechobee, composed of six inland, non-metropolitan counties — DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee. In 2000, The US Census Bureau recorded the population of the region at 229,509. A 2005 US Census Bureau estimate places the region's population at 249,837, a five year growth rate of 9.0%. The most populous county in the region is Highlands County, and the region's largest city is Sebring. Lake Okeechobee from space, September 1988 View of Lake Okeechobee from Pahokee. ... DeSoto County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Glades County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Hardee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Hendry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Highlands County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Okeechobee County is a county located in the state of Florida. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Sebring is a city located in Highlands County, Florida. ...

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Development

The region is primarily rural in nature, with the primary economic driver being agriculture. Important products grown in this area include tomatoes, beef, sugarcane, cucumbers and citrus products including oranges.
In Hardee county, phosphate mining is also a substantial industry, particularly along the Peace River basin. Binomial name Solanum lycopersicum L. Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... For other uses, see Beef (disambiguation). ... Species Saccharum arundinaceum Saccharum bengalense Saccharum edule Saccharum officinarum Saccharum procerum Saccharum ravennae Saccharum robustum Saccharum sinense Saccharum spontaneum Sugarcane or Sugar cane (Saccharum) is a genus of 6 to 37 species (depending on taxonomic interpretation) of tall grasses (family Poaceae, tribe Andropogoneae), native to warm temperate to tropical regions... Binomial name Cucumis sativus L. The cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is a widely cultivated plant in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, which includes squash, and in the same genus as the muskmelon. ... Species & major hybrids Species Citrus aurantifolia - Key lime Citrus maxima - Pomelo Citrus medica - Citron Citrus reticulata - Mandarin & Tangerine Major hybrids Citrus ×sinensis - Sweet Orange Citrus ×aurantium - Bitter Orange Citrus ×paradisi - Grapefruit Citrus ×limon - Lemon Citrus ×limonia - Rangpur lime Citrus ×latifolia - Persian lime See also main text for other hybrids Citrus... Binomial name Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck Orange—specifically, sweet orange—refers to the citrus tree Citrus sinensis (syn. ... Above is a ball-and-stick model of the inorganic hydrogenphosphate anion (HPO42−). Colour coding: P (orange); O (red); H (white). ... The Peace River originates in central Florida near an area known as the Green Swamp, and flows southwest through the state, ultimately emptying into the Charlotte Harbor estuary at Port Charlotte. ...


Government

Each county in the region has its own county government. Within each county, there are also self-governing cities and towns. The majority of land in each county is controlled directly by the county government. It is common for incorporated municipalities to contract county services in order to save costs and avoid redundancy.


Education

Each of the six counties has its own school board, with four of the county school systems consisting of one high school, one alternative school and no more than two middle schools. Highlands County has three high schools while Hendry County has two.


South Florida Community College, the largest post-secondary institution in Florida's Heartland, is based in Avon Park and has campuses in Lake Placid, Bowling Green and Arcadia. South Florida Community College (SFCC), serving more than 19,000 area residents, has campuses in Highlands, DeSoto and Hardee counties, Florida. ... Lake Placid is a town located in Highlands County, Florida. ... Bowling Green is a city located in Hardee County, Florida. ... Arcadia is a city in DeSoto County, Florida, United States. ...


Regional Transportation

Highways

There are no interstate Highways in the Florida Heartland. The Ronald Reagan Turnpike passes through the northeastern corner of Okeechobee County, and includes the Fort Drum service plaza, but there are no exits along that segment. Floridas Turnpike is a toll road that runs 312 miles (497 km) down the Florida peninsula through 11 counties, from US 1 in Florida City to Interstate 75 at Wildwood. ... Fort Drum is a near ghost town in Okeechobee County, Florida, United States. ...

United States Highways in the region:

Florida State Roads in the region include: United States Highway 17 (also known as the Ocean Highway) is a north-south United States highway. ... This U.S. Highway article needs to be cleaned up to conform to both a higher standard of article quality and accepted design standards outlined in the WikiProject U.S. Highways. ... U.S. Highway 441 is a spur route of US Highway 41. ... U.S. Route 98 is an east-west United States highway that runs from southern Florida to western Mississippi. ...

Florida State Road 29 (SR 29) is a roadway that runs north-south through southwestern Florida. ... Florida State Road 66 begins at the US 27/US 98 junction south of De Soto City and runs westward to US 17 at Zolfo Springs. ... Spanning 165 miles across the Florida peninsula, Florida State Road 70 spans five Florida counties and straddles the northern boundaries of two more. ... Signed east-west, the 61-mile-long Florida State Road 710 is a northwest-southeast route connecting SR 70 near Cypress Quarters three miles from the northern tip of Lake Okeechobee in south central Florida to US 1 in Riviera Beach. ... Florida State Road 78 is the Florida Department of Transportation designation for three separate east-west sections of a road that was once a single stretch of road extending from the Gulf Coast of Florida to the northern tip of Lake Okeechobee. ... Florida State Road 80 is a 132-mile (211 km) route linking US 1 in West Palm Beach and US 41 in Fort Myers. ...

Airports

There is no scheduled airline service in the Florida Heartland. The following General Aviation airports operate in the region:

  • Arcadia Municipal Airport
  • Avon Park Executive Airport
  • Airglades Airport (Clewiston)
  • Labelle Municipal Airport
  • Okeechobee County Airport
  • Sebring Regional Airport
  • Wauchula Municipal Airport

Seaports

There are no seaports, as there is neither a seacoast nor navigable rivers.


Railway

There are three freight lines operating in the Florida Heartland, with approximately 190 miles of track: CSX Transportation, Seminole Gulf Railway, and South Central Florida Express. Categories: Companies traded on NYSE | Railway companies of the United States | Alabama railroads | Connecticut railroads | Delaware railroads | Florida current railroads | Georgia railroads | Illinois railroads | Indiana railroads | Kentucky railroads | Louisiana railroads | Maryland railroads | Massachusetts railroads | Michigan railroads | Mississippi railroads | New Jersey railroads | New York railroads | North Carolina railroads | Ohio railroads | Pennsylvania... The Seminole Gulf Railway is a short line railroad in southwest Florida. ... South Central Florida Express, Incorporated (originally known as the South Central Florida Railroad and run by the Brandywine Valley Railroad until September 17, 1994), is a short line railroad in southern Florida run by U.S. Sugar. ...


Amtrak service operates on CSX tracks, with stops in Sebring and Okeechobee. Acela Express in West Windsor, NJ Amtrak Cascades service with tilting Talgo trainsets in Seattle, Washington Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida For other uses, see Amtrak (disambiguation). ...


Tourism

Tourism is an economic driver in the area, but far less so than most of the rest of the state. The lack of development and amenities results in fewer tourists visiting the area, and there are no oceanfront beaches to attract nearby residents. The largest tourist attraction is the Sebring International Raceway, southeast of Sebring in Highlands County. There, the 12 Hours of Sebring, an American Le Mans Series race usually held in the second week of March, drew a "paying crowd" of more than 169,000 in 2006[1]. Many seasonal residents live in the area during the winter months only, as temperatures in south Florida stay very moderate during that time of year. Lake Okeechobee and Lake Istokpoga attract fishers to the area. č “Tourist” redirects here. ... Sebring Raceway is a road course auto racing facility located in Sebring, Florida. ... Aston Martin DBR9 at dusk during the 2005 12 Hours of Sebring The 12 Hours of Sebring is an annual motorsport endurance race held at Sebring Raceway, a former Air Force base in Sebring, Florida. ... The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) is a series of automobile races, founded in 1999 by Don Panoz, and sanctioned by IMSA. The American Le Mans Series utilizes the rules and regulations of the Automobile Club de lOuest, which organizes the world famous 24 Hours of Le Mans, to... Lake Istokpoga is a 30,117 acre freshwater lake in Highlands County, Florida. ...


Area codes

Area code 863 is used throughout the region.


Regional Media

Newspapers

There are two daily newspapers published in the Heartland, the Okeechobee News (Okeechobee), and Highlands Today (Sebring). The Highlands Today is a Media General owned Newspaper located in Sebring, Florida. ...


Other daily newspapers that serve the Heartland include:

The Ledger is a daily newspaper serving Lakeland, Florida and the Polk County area. ... Lakeland is a city in Polk County, Florida, United States, located approximately midway between Tampa and Orlando along Interstate 4. ... The News Press (and Sunday News Press) is a seven-day evening daily newspaper published in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA. It is owned by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. ... Fort Myers is the county seatGR6 and commercial center of Lee County, Florida. ... The Miami Herald is a daily newspaper owned by The McClatchy Company. ... Nickname: Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida. ... The Orlando Sentinel is the primary newspaper of the Orlando, Florida region. ... // Orlando may refer to: The Italian form of the name Roland Orlando (character), the subject of several works: The Song of Roland, the oldest major work of French literature Orlando furioso, an epic poem written by Ludovico Ariosto Orlando innamorato, an epic poem written by Matteo Maria Boiardo Orlando: A... The Palm Beach Post is a major daily newspaper in Florida, serving mainly Palm Beach, Martin, and St. ... Nickname: Location in Palm Beach County and the state of Florida. ... The Tampa Tribune is one of two major newspapers published in the Tampa Bay area. ... Tampas skyline For alternate meanings, see Tampa (disambiguation) Tampa is a city located in Hillsborough County on the west coast of Florida. ... Port Charlotte is a census-designated place located in Charlotte County, Florida. ...

Television Stations

There are no local television stations in the Florida Heartland. TV service originates in Fort Myers, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, and West Palm Beach. Fort Myers is the county seatGR6 and commercial center of Lee County, Florida. ... Nickname: Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida. ... // Orlando may refer to: The Italian form of the name Roland Orlando (character), the subject of several works: The Song of Roland, the oldest major work of French literature Orlando furioso, an epic poem written by Ludovico Ariosto Orlando innamorato, an epic poem written by Matteo Maria Boiardo Orlando: A... Nickname: Location in Hillsborough County and the state of Florida. ... Nickname: Location in Palm Beach County and the state of Florida. ...


Radio Stations

The following radio stations operate in the Heartland:

  • WAFC-AM Clewiston
  • WAFC-FM Clewiston
  • WAPQ-LP Avon Park
  • WAUC Wauchula
  • WBIY La Belle
  • WFHT Avon Park
  • WFLN Arcadia
  • WGSE-LP Sebring
  • WITS Sebring
  • WJCB Clewiston
  • WJCM Sebring
  • WJFH Sebring
  • WOKC Okeechobee
  • WREH Cypress Quarters
  • WWLL Sebring
  • WWOJ Avon Park
  • WWTK Avon Park
  • WWWP-LP Arcadia (off air)
  • WZSP Nocatee
  • WZZS Zolfo Springs

WWLL, Lite FM, is an radio station which broadcasts from 105. ... WZZS-FM is a 6,000-watt FM station, located in whats commonly known as Floridas Heartland. The station is licensed to the city of Zolfo Springs, in rural Hardee County. ...

Florida Heartland Population Data

Counties

County County Seat Pop. (2005 est.) Pop. (2000) Change (2000 - 2005) Change (1990 - 2000)
  DeSoto County Arcadia 35,406 32,209 +9.9% +35.0%
  Glades County Moore Haven 11,252 10,576 +6.4% +39.3%
  Hardee County Wauchula 28,286 26,938 +5.0% +38.2%
  Hendry County LaBelle 39,561 36,120 +9.3% +40.5%
  Highlands County Sebring 95,496 87,366 +9.3% +27.7%
  Okeechobee County Okeechobee 39,836 35,910 +10.0% +21.2%
Total 249,837 229,209 +9.0% +31.1%
  Florida - statewide 17,397,161 15,982,378 +8.8%% +23.5%

DeSoto County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Arcadia is a city in DeSoto County, Florida, United States. ... Glades County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Moore Haven is a city located in Glades County, Florida. ... Hardee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Wauchula is a city located in Hardee County, Florida. ... Hendry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... ... Highlands County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Sebring is a city located in Highlands County, Florida. ... Okeechobee County is a county located in the state of Florida. ... Okeechobee is a city located in Okeechobee County, Florida. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ...

Incorporated Municipalities

Arcadia is a city in DeSoto County, Florida, United States. ... Avon Park is a city in Highlands County, Florida, United States. ... Bowling Green is a city located in Hardee County, Florida. ... Clewiston is a city located in Hendry County, Florida. ... ... Lake Placid is a town located in Highlands County, Florida. ... Moore Haven is a city located in Glades County, Florida. ... Okeechobee is a city located in Okeechobee County, Florida. ... Sebring is a city located in Highlands County, Florida. ... Wauchula is a city located in Hardee County, Florida. ... Zolfo Springs is a town located in Hardee County, Florida. ...

Metropolitan and Micropolitan Areas

There are no United States Census Bureau-designated Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the Florida Heartland. However, the Census Bureau has identified five Micropolitan Statistical Areas: In the United States, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has produced a formal definition of metropolitan areas, which are organized around county boundaries. ... United States micropolitan areas, as defined by the Census Bureau and the Office of Management and Budget, are urban areas in the United States based around a core city or town with a population of 10,000 to 49,999. ...

  • Arcadia, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area (DeSoto County, Florida)
  • Clewiston, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area (Hendry County, Florida)
  • Okeechobee, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area (Okeechobee County, Florida)
  • Sebring, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area (Highlands County, Florida)
  • Wauchula, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area (Hardee County, Florida)

References

  1. ^ "Motor Sports: 12 Hours Of Sebring: No Smoke, Nothing In The Mirrors: Diesel Powers Audi To Sixth Straight Win At Sebring.", Motor Trend. 

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