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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%.


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Investigators were at the scene late Saturday night of where a mangled Fort Lauderdale police cruiser came to a rest along North Federal Highway.


The Sawgrass Expressway's southbound off-ramp and northbound on-ramp at Oakland Park Boulevard will be closed around the clock this weekend for construction.


An Oakland Park man was arrested Thursday on accusations that he raped a woman after a night of drinking with family and friends at her Davie home.


Jurors in the civil suit that pits luxury brand Louis Vuitton against the owners of the Swap Shop flea market in a fight over designer fakes got their first chance Friday to hear from the multimillion...


A personal watercraft and a boat crashed Friday afternoon in the Intracoastal in Hallandale Beach, sending a man to the hospital, officials said.


City officials need more time to review plans for a proposed beachside car race and have not included the item on the City Commission's Tuesday agenda.


A 36-year-old man is accused of burglarizing several cars in Tamarac and admitted to the break-ins after deputies showed him surveillance video in which the suspect identified himself, an arrest repor...


One of Broward County 's smallest municipalities is poised to increase its population by one at least in the daytime.


A Broward judge has set aside the verdict in a whistleblower suit against the Broward Sheriff's Office after a juror admitted she provided false information on a questionnaire during jury selection. ...


A heavyweight Cadillac SUV driven by an 85-year-old man exploded into a dry cleaners Friday morning, injuring eight people, severing gas and water lines and forcing nearby merchants along with cats a...


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