Gulf Coast Live! on WGCU http://news.wgcu.org en Florida Lawmakers Consider Nursing Home Litigation Bill http://news.wgcu.org/post/florida-lawmakers-consider-nursing-home-litigation-bill <p>In the final weeks of the state legislative session Florida Lawmakers are considering <a href="http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51685" target="_blank">a measure to limit who can be sued when a nursing home is accused of abuse or neglect.</a> Supporters say the bill, which ends years of feuding between the <a href="http://www.fhca.org/" target="_blank">Florida Health Care Association</a> and the <a href="https://www.floridajusticeassociation.org/" target="_blank">Florida Justice Association</a>, protects passive investors who are not involved in the care of residents from facing litigation and that it could help nursing homes stay financially solvent.<br /><br />Opponents argue those same investors could be involved in pressure to cut nursing home costs and staffing levels and that the bill puts the interests of investors over the needs of elder residents. As the Senate has already passed the bill and the House takes it up this week, we’ll hear arguments from both sides.</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Davis 15730 at http://news.wgcu.org Florida Lawmakers Consider Nursing Home Litigation Bill Solar Power in the Developing World, the U.S. and in Florida http://news.wgcu.org/post/solar-power-developing-world-us-and-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earth Day is celebrated this week which many consider the beginning of the modern environmental movement. The development of clean and renewable energy development like solar power is a central component to that effort. Earlier this month protestors held a demonstration in the Florida capital calling on lawmakers to invest more in developing solar energy.</span></p><p>We’ll talk with solar energy pioneer, author and Naples resident Neville Williams. His new book, “Solar Power” is out this week. It provides insight into the $100 billion solar industry, his efforts to provide solar energy infrastructures in the developing world and barriers that are keeping the solar industry from growing in the U.S. even as technology has made it more efficient and affordable in recent years.</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Davis 15731 at http://news.wgcu.org Solar Power in the Developing World, the U.S. and in Florida 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