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The Lower Gulf Coast is a region of Florida located along its gulf coast, south of the Tampa Bay area, west of Lake Okeechobee and mostly north of the Everglades. It consists of five coastal counties from Manatee County south to Collier County, although it sometimes is considered to include three rural counties inland, and the thinly populated mainland section of Monroe County.
As of 2000, the population of Southwest Florida was 1,500,846. A 2004 US Census Bureau estimate places the region's population at 1,704,155, a four year growth rate of 13.5%.
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Aug 2, 2014 5:40 am
Indiana Pacers star Paul George suffered a grisly broken leg Friday night during the USA Basketball Showcase scrimmage.
Aug 2, 2014 4:00 am
Shoppers across South Florida hit the malls Friday to get ready for the new school year, buying tax-free school supplies, new outfits and electronics.
Aug 2, 2014 3:39 am
Tropical Storm Bertha already is roughing up Martinique and other islands in the Lesser Antilles with heavy rains and gusty winds.
Aug 2, 2014 12:01 am
Hallandale Beach police are searching for a 27-year-old woman who went missing more than two months ago.
Aug 1, 2014 11:28 pm
Get ready to save some money this weekend on pencils, jeans and computers as Florida kicks off its tax-free weekend for back-to-school shoppers.
Aug 1, 2014 11:28 pm
Boca Raton teen Alan Koolik lost the final match Friday in the 'Jeopardy!' Teen Tournament in a rare sudden-death round.
Aug 1, 2014 10:26 pm
She was dashing down the Dixie Highway corridor Friday in Hollywood when code enforcement officers spotted her and the chase began.
Aug 1, 2014 9:29 pm
Time to bid farewell to a familiar fixture in downtown Hollywood.
Aug 1, 2014 9:14 pm
You've probably seen lots of lightning in recent weeks across South Florida, but some neighbors saw up close the aftermath of a powerful bolt.
Aug 1, 2014 8:44 pm
The city's tax rate isn't dropping as fast its property values are rising, and that could put a pinch on taxpayers.
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