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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
Oct 22, 2014 5:55 pm
Plantation General Hospital is inching closer to moving away from its namesake city.
Oct 22, 2014 5:12 pm
Ask anyone about South Florida's weather and they'll tell you it is either hot, or hotter.
Oct 22, 2014 2:39 pm
A proposed luxury high-rise condominium along the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale won commission support early Wednesday — if the developer can work with the lower height limit comm...
Oct 22, 2014 2:27 pm
Expect more showers and storms today, courtesy of the disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico.
Oct 22, 2014 1:17 pm
It's taken 100 years, but a mystery Torah will be completed in a public ceremony.
Oct 22, 2014 8:31 am
Fort Lauderdale commissioners ended a marathon meeting early Wednesday by giving final approval to new restrictions on where and how charitable groups can feed the homeless in the city.
Oct 22, 2014 1:09 am
South Florida school districts voiced their support this month for the contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Oct 22, 2014 12:36 am
The jurors in John Goodman's DUI manslaughter trial had heard about the "man cave" where the polo club founder says he chugged liquor after the Feb. 12, 2010 crash that resulted in Scott Wil...
Oct 22, 2014 12:14 am
Fort Lauderdale commissioners have approved expanding plans for the downtown Wave electric streetcar project with a Flagler Village loop that will help the city's efforts to attract new businesses to ...
Oct 21, 2014 10:52 pm
A section of Fort Lauderdale's Northwest Seventh Avenue, already renamed Avenue of the Arts, may soon have a longer name to honor a former city commissioner who died in April.
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