Gulf County, Florida

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Gulf County is a county located in the panhandle of the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 13,332. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 13,975 [1]. Its county seat is Port St. Joe, Florida[1].



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.


Gulf County is heavily Democratic. However, the county tends to vote Republican in statewide and national elections. As of November 2008, there are 9074 registered voters, the Democratic Party 5529 (61%) holds a large advantage over the Republican Party 2853 (31%).

The county commission consist of 2 Democrats and 3 Republicans.

Democrats control all other county government (Clerk of the Court, Property Apprasier, Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools, Tax Collector)

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