Hiaasen also points out that the biggest problem is people stupidly feeding gators down here instead of generally keeping their distance. Anyway, this whole gator mania thing is kind of like the summer of the shark a few years back -- an MSM-inspired frenzy. I live in one of the western subdivisions. Just keep pets and small children away from the wetland ponds and canals, and remember that gators can actually charge straight at you, but can't zig-zag (so you've got to zig and/or zag).
Someone just reminded me that the zig-zag response to a charging alligator is a myth, that the best thing to do is to just run away as fast as possible because gators won't run for very long (although run they will, at speeds up to 10 mph).