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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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The search is on for a couple of clumsy crooks who fumbled and stumbled with armfuls of stolen beer in Oakland Park, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.


The mayor and two former mayors are running to fill two commission seats on Nov. 4, with the downtown culinary arts district among the topics voters will be considering.


South Florida leaders gathered Wednesday in Miami Beach with top federal environmental officials to discuss how to deal with rising sea levels and the other effects of climate change.


A man who escaped from Broward deputies while being arrested in Weston has been captured in Tallahassee, and two friends are now charged with helping him hide.


A Fort Lauderdale middle school is getting caught up in a shark frenzy.


Chief among the issues in this year's commission race: Is building a new, multi-million dollar City Hall the right thing to do? And is the city on the right course or is change needed?


Two veteran politicians are vying for the mayor's seat in November.


Are laws different depending on your race? That's the question being posed by Broward College during its program "Coloring the Ballot Box: Are U.S. Laws Colorblind?"


Expect some sun this afternoon but mostly clouds and a good chance of showers and storms.


A man and woman were found dead Tuesday night outside an apartment building in Sunrise, officials said. Police are investigating the possible cause of the deaths.


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