- List of city nicknames in Florida
This partial list of city nicknames in Florida compiles the aliases, sobriquets and slogans that cities in Florida are known by (or have been known by historically), officially and unofficially, to local people, outsiders or their tourism boards or chambers of commerce. City nicknames can help in establishing a civic identity, helping outsiders recognize a community or attracting people to a community because of its nickname; promote civic pride; and build community unity. Nicknames and slogans that successfully create a new community "ideology or myth" are also believed to have economic value. Their economic value is difficult to measure, but there are anecdotal reports of cities that have achieved substantial economic benefits by "branding" themselves by adopting new slogans.
Some unofficial nicknames are positive, while others are derisive. The unofficial nicknames listed here have been in use for a long time or have gained wide currency.
- Belle Glade - Muck City
- Boca Raton - A City for All Seasons
- Clewiston - America's Sweetest Town 
- Coconut Creek - Butterfly Capital of the World.
- Coral Gables - The City Beautiful.
- Coral Springs - The City in the Country.
- DeLand - The Athens of Florida.
- Eustis - The City of Bright Tomorrows.
- Fernandina Beach - Shark's Tooth Capital of the World
- Fort Lauderdale - Venice of America.
- Fort Myers - The City of Palms
- Fort Pierce - The Sunshine City
- Fort Walton Beach
- Haines City - The Heart of Florida.
- Hialeah - City of Progress.
- Key West
- Melbourne - The Harbor City
- Miami - The Magic City
- Ocala - The Brick City
- Ocoee - The Center of Good Living
- Okeechobee - Speckled Perch Capital of the World 
- Orlando - The City Beautiful.
- Ormond Beach - Birthplace of Speed
- Panama City Beach - The World's Most Beautiful Beaches
- Pensacola - City of Five Flags
- Plant City
- Port St. Lucie
- St. Petersburg
- Stuart - Sailfish Capital of the World
- Tarpon Springs - Sponge Capital of the World.
- West Palm Beach - Orchid City
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- ^ 2006 Outgoing Mayor's Message, Eustis, Florida. Accessed June 13, 2007. "As we bring on the challenges of 2007, may Eustis remain the City of Bright Tomorrows, the best City in Lake County."
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- ^ The City of Palms, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce. Accessed June 13, 2007. "These magnificent Royal Palms, some towering at 75 feet, give the City of Palms its nickname."
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- ^ Barry Popik, Cigar City, August 15, 2006, discussion of nickname's history
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