I was about 3 feet from this 5 foot gator in the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge driving along Black Point Drive. He was more interested in the Common Moorhen babies than me. The parents were able to get their three chicks safely into the mangroves.
If there is standing water anywhere in Florida, fresh, salt or brackish (mix of fresh & salt), an American alligator could be lurking. Just like any wild animal, you don’t feed them and in most cases they will not bother you.