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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
Jul 6, 2015 7:01 pm
In a story July 6 about Hillary Rodham Clinton's policy research efforts, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the president of Miami Dade College. It is Eduardo Padron, not Patron.
Jul 6, 2015 6:55 pm
Steven Rebenstorf has numerous flags flying atop his canopy tent inside Daytona International Speedway.
Jul 6, 2015 6:28 pm
The Mexican Navy says it has rescued 12 Cuban men who were found aboard a makeshift raft off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Jul 6, 2015 6:28 pm
A 35-year-old Florida man has died while hiking on Mount Roberts in Alaska's capital city.
Jul 6, 2015 1:51 pm
In a story July 5 about a Florida woman driving her car through her house, The Associated Press reported erroneously the city where the crash happened. It happened in Seminole, not Sanford.
Jul 6, 2015 1:32 pm
A statue of Andrew Jackson in downtown Jacksonville has been vandalized twice in the past week.
Jul 6, 2015 10:56 am
A solid gold chain and an intricate gold-and-enamel spoon are among items pulled from the wreckage of a 400-year-old Spanish galleon that will be auctioned off next month.
Jul 6, 2015 10:31 am
Alongside the patriotic music and waving flags Saturday in parades across Iowa and New Hampshire were clear reminders of a presidential race coming up next year: Red balloons promoting "Jeb! 2016...
Jul 6, 2015 10:03 am
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
Jul 6, 2015 9:25 am
Members of a Daytona Beach church got a scare when a man threatened their pastor during Sunday services.
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