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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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An old strip center coincidentally named "Broward Station" was knocked down Wednesday, marking the start of construction of what will become a sleek new downtown Fort Lauderdale station for ...


Superintendent Robert Runcie plans to join with local and national teacher groups to encourage the state to slow down the testing frenzy.


A man was taken to the hospital with traumatic injuries Wednesdayafter he fell off the roof of a church in Pembroke Park, said Mike Jachles, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman.


A man tried to abduct a high-school girl near her school bus stop in Hollywood on Wednesday morning — the third such attempt in less than two weeks, police said.


Some college students got a glimpse of what they might see in the mirror during their senior years if nature — or, perhaps, a machete — proves unkind.


The state Ethics Commission has found probable cause to believe former Broward School Board member Stephanie Kraft violated ethics rules by allegedly accepting compensation in return for taking offici...


An early morning argument between a man and woman may be the motive behind the shooting of another man who tried to break up the domestic dispute, according to neighborhood witnesses.


Hollywood may be losing its top boss at City Hall to Coral Gables.


It sucks to be a duck stuck in a drain.


The Broward Supervisor of Elections has reached an agreement with a group trying to extend funding for the Children's Services Counsel, ending a lawsuit over a ballot layout some said was confusing to...


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