I agree TUFSU1, Florida certainly has the population and the density, not to mention world fame as a national recreation area. We certainly are not 'Nowhere,' because as the photograph demonstrates, 'Nowhere,' is in western OKLAHOMA!
Our distances are what bumbles up the mix for HSR in Florida, we are MUCH better suited to a system of fast (90-120 mph) conventional trains with a spreading, comprehensive collector-distributer network, feeding into a high speed rail hub in downtown Jacksonville. We are the southern anchor city of the Southeast High Speed Rail Network, from Jacksonville Terminal people could (or should be able to) transfer for:
Jacksonville - Gainesville
Jacksonville - Ocala - Dade City - Tampa
Jacksonville - Ocala - Dade City - Lakeland - Ft. Myers - Naples
Jacksonville - Tallahassee - Pensacola (Mobile and New Orleans)
Jacksonville - Orlando - Tampa - Sarasota
Jacksonville - Orlando - Winter Haven - Sebring - West Palm Beach - Ft. Lauderdale - Miami
Jacksonville - St. Augustine - Daytona Beach - Cocoa Beach - West Palm Beach - Ft. Lauderdale - Miami
The track is in place and frankly, at current track speed, the trains could start rolling tomorrow. The State of Florida's concept of a sideways "T" shaped passenger rail 'network', (Jacksonville - Cocoa - Miami / Cocoa - Tampa) is extremely shortsighted.
Though the Florida East Coast is the "Speedway to America's Playground," FDOT apparently threw every community between Jacksonville and Tampa along US - 301 under the CSX freight train in a 'deal' to remove freight traffic from the new Sunrail commuter district in Orlando.
Nowhere? Hardly! Nowhere is in Oklahoma.