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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 deputy shot a man Saturday night after responding to a call about a suspicious person at the Colonies townhouse development, officials said.


South Florida is the state's most populous region, yet it has almost no political clout in the Legislature.


Despite a downpour, the Sistrunk Historical Festival went on with the show Saturday.


Many called it a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity on Saturday darting across the finish line at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport's newest runway with commercial airliners roa...


Showers on Saturday flooded parts of South Florida, but forecasters predict the sun will shine on Sunday.


A 60-year-old man told deputies he killed a North Lauderdale home intruder, but lied about the shooting to cover-up for his girlfriend's son, a convicted felon, the Broward Sheriff's Office said Satur...


Jorge Barahona will stand trial beginning Sept. 28 on allegations he used hazardous chemicals in an attempt to kill his adopted son, Victor, in Palm Beach County more than four years ago.


A submerged vehicle that belongs to a woman who went missing last month was found with a body inside in the New River near a Fort Lauderdale marina, police said Friday.


This cop lied about the details of a marijuana arrest, failed to report how he tormented a suspect with his Taser, and claimed a three-hour lunch break lasted only one.


— This city will not be another Ferguson, police officials here say.


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