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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
Mar 28, 2015 7:18 pm
These hunters used their eager noses, framed by whiskers resembling the Easter bunny's, to sniff out treats during a non-traditional egg hunt. It proved to be a howling good time.
Mar 28, 2015 4:00 am
High school athletes could act almost as free agents if a bill that reforms the Florida High School Athletic Association passes through the Legislature.
Mar 28, 2015 4:00 am
Overt racism is easy to spot and condemn. For instance, cops spewing racial slurs and making a video that seems to take perverse delight in showing a black man being bitten by a police dog and Preside...
Mar 27, 2015 10:30 pm
Prosecutors have called for a recently elected Broward circuit judge to remove himself from nearly 1,000 criminal cases because he showed favoritism to a defense lawyer.
Mar 27, 2015 10:04 pm
Whether or not Florida Gov. Rick Scott banned the phrase "climate change," there's no question the state has not made the issue a priority.
Mar 27, 2015 10:00 pm
Like ragged refugees seeking a promised land, a mass exodus of Hollywood's homeless hit the road for an undisclosed northerly destination shortly after noon Friday.
Mar 27, 2015 9:45 pm
Local citizens who believe they've been victims of racially-biased police now have a path to pursue justice: an NAACP-run call center that will log public complaints.
Mar 27, 2015 8:25 pm
A road patrol officer with nearly two decades on the job was relieved from duty with pay after an internal affairs investigation began in January.
Mar 27, 2015 5:46 pm
A Sunrise man with a suspended Florida driver's license is accused of trying to strike a Broward Sheriff's detective with a stolen car and ramming an unmarked patrol SUV twice.
Mar 27, 2015 5:22 pm
Florida Atlantic University may have another professor with controversial ideas, a philosophy professor Carol Gould is speaking out against women serving in ground combat.
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