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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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A brand new fire rescue truck was christened Friday night when firefighter/paramedcis delivered a baby while enroute to a hospital during the truck's first call.


Firefighters answering a rescue call on an otherwise routine downtown Friday morning encountered a scene that was anything but: A man perched 100 feet atop a railroad drawbridge over the New River. ...


Two small planes encountered problems during landings Friday, forcing flights at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to be diverted to other runways in what officials are calling a rare ev...


Should chimpanzees complex beasts with thoughts, feelings and the smarts to learn sign language have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?


Hoping to stir up leads in the disturbing attack of a disabled Deerfield Beach woman, the Broward Sheriff's Office on Friday released a sketch of the chilling mask one of the attackers wore.


Services and other events taking place in Broward County over the Memorial Day weekend.


The FBI is searching for the man who robbed a Chase Bank in Davie.


South Florida's colleges are pledging to better serve veterans so that their pursuit of education doesn't become another battle.


Plan on having a hot time this holiday weekend - but if you go to the beach, beware of dangerous rip currents.


Want to light up at a Tri-Rail station? Soon you'll have to do it in a designated area of the platform.


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