Gulf Coast Live! on WGCU http://news.wgcu.org en Southwest Florida’s Rental Market http://news.wgcu.org/post/southwest-florida-s-rental-market <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Strong demand for rental housing and short supply of available units have created surging rental markets around the country and particularly in Southwest Florida where occupancy remains above the national average. Rent growth in the Naples region led the nation in February at 13%.</span></p><p>That’s great news for landlords and investors, but it also means less options and higher costs for renters. Going back to the housing crisis of recent years past, we’ll explore what’s led to current market conditions and what experts predict conditions will be in the coming years. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Davis 15550 at http://news.wgcu.org Southwest Florida’s Rental Market Housing Market for Low Income Families http://news.wgcu.org/post/housing-market-low-income-families <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new study from the nonpartisan </span><a href="http://www.urban.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Urban Institute </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ranks Lee County the second worst housing market in the country for low income families. Findings from the Washington D.C.-based think tank indicate Lee County has nine affordable rental units per 100 rentals, second only to Cobb County Georgia.</span></p><p>Current conditions have been driven by a high growth rate of extremely low income rental households while the number of rental options available to that population has been in decline over the past decade. We’ll take a closer look at the challenges created by current rental market conditions and possible solutions going forward. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Davis 15551 at http://news.wgcu.org Housing Market for Low Income Families Florida Elections and Voter Purge Efforts http://news.wgcu.org/post/florida-elections-and-voter-purge-efforts <p>On April 1, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled <a href="http://fcir.org/2014/04/02/federal-court-rules-floridas-2012-voter-purge-was-illegal/" target="_blank">Florida’s 2012 voter purge</a> effort violated the <a href="http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/nvra/activ_nvra.php" target="_blank">National Voter Registration Act</a>. The ruling found that the state’s attempt to systematically remove who it claimed were non-citizens from the voter rolls within 90 days of the election was illegal. The decision came just days after Florida Secretary of State <a href="http://dos.myflorida.com/" target="_blank">Ken Detzner</a> announced the state was suspending this year’s voter purge attempt. We’ll take a look back at the impact of that voter purge effort as well as past efforts to remove people from the voter rolls. We’ll also explore what the decision could mean for future elections.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Lopez 15365 at http://news.wgcu.org Florida Elections and Voter Purge Efforts Mote Marine Laboratory Study: How Sharks Hunt Prey http://news.wgcu.org/post/mote-marine-laboratory-study-how-sharks-hunt-prey <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sharks have long since been known for their remarkable sense of smell, but would they be able to find prey without it? It turns out some species can. In an unprecedented </span>multisensory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0093036" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">study</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> published this month in the science journal </span><a href="http://www.plosone.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">PLOS ONE</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, researchers with </span><a href="http://www.mote.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Mote Marine Laboratory</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the University of South Florida and Boston University reveal some surprising evidence about how sharks use their senses and hunt prey. We’ll take a closer look at the findings, how the research was conducted, and what its conclusions could mean for sharks’ survivability in a changing environment.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Davis 15366 at http://news.wgcu.org Mote Marine Laboratory Study: How Sharks Hunt Prey Alternatives for Citrus: Florida’s Olive and Peach Industries http://news.wgcu.org/post/alternatives-citrus-florida-s-olive-and-peach-industries <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Look for Florida Peaches and Florida Olives on store shelves soon! The term ‘Florida Agriculture’ typically brings to mind the state’s $9 billion a year citrus industry or the myriad vegetable varieties that make up the bulk of the nation’s domestic produce in the winter, but Florida olives and peaches are now growing industries in the state. &nbsp;</span></p><div>As the bacterial disease greening continues to ravage citrus groves, growers are looking more to these types of alternatives. &nbsp;We’ll learn more about growing peaches and olives in the state’s subtropical growing regions.</div><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Davis 15266 at http://news.wgcu.org Alternatives for Citrus: Florida’s Olive and Peach Industries