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Florida Counties In 1821, there were only two Counties in Florida: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the
east. From these two Counties were formed 67 today.In 1968, the electors
of Florida granted local voters the power to adopt charters to govern their counties. Charters are formal
written documents that confer powers, duties, or privileges on the county.
To date, there are 19 charter Counties in Florida. Collectively these
Counties are home to more than 75 percent of Florida's residents.
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Gulf County, Florida
Gulf County Education, Geography, and History
Gulf County is a county located in the panhandle of the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,863. Its county
seat is Port St. Joe.
Gulf County is included in the Panama City, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Etymology - Origin of Gulf County Name
Gulf of Mexico
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Gulf County, created in 1925, was named for the Gulf of Mexico. Wewahitchka, was its first county seat and the 1927
Gulf County Courthouse is still in existence. In 1965 the county seat was moved to Port Saint Joe, which under its
original name Saint Joseph, had been the site of Florida's first Constitutional Convention in 1838.
According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 745 square miles (1,928 km2), of which, 555
square miles (1,436 km2) of it is land and 190 square miles (492 km2) of it (25.52%) is water.
- North: Calhoun County
- Northeast: Liberty County
- Southeast: Franklin County
- Southwest: Gulf of Mexico
- Northwest: Bay County
Gulf County is served by Gulf County Schools.
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