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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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South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel

A long-running Boynton Beach charter school was shut down Wednesday because it received its second failing grade from the state.


Plan to have newlywed husband murdered in Boynton Beach in 2009 got worldwide attentionDalia Dippolito -- the Boynton Beach newlywed convicted in a murder-for-hire plot targeting her now ex-husband --...


A lawyer who's running in one of the most hotly contested judicial races in Broward has dramatically altered his campaign pitch during the course of his campaign.


The second case of chikungunya fever -- also called Chikv -- has been confirmed in Palm Beach County, according to officials with the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County.


A Fort Lauderdale man tried to suffocate his terminally ill father and yelled out, "Let me do what I need to do!" while on a tequila-fueled tirade at an Ohio nursing home, according to a pol...


Center for Science in the Public Interest releases list of high-calorie, high-fat, high-sodium and high-sugar meals served at chain restaurantsHow much are you willing to work out in order to dine out...


Lansky Torres, of Lake Worth, facing five counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor A 37-year-old Lake Worth man carried on a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl he met at the church the...


The Florida Commission on Ethics has dismissed a complaint against Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis, finding "no probable cause" to believe allegations he misused his position reg...


Delray police sergeant's lawsuit says he was a victim of retaliation Delray Police Sgt. Vinnie Gray could walk away with $225,000 and a promotion if commissioners approve a settlement in a whistle-blo...


Tropical disturbance, 2 p.m. Wednesday


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