Julie Glenn

Julie Glenn is the host of Gulf Coast Live. She has been working in southwest Florida as a freelance writer since 2007, most recently as a regular columnist for the Naples Daily News. She began her broadcasting career in 1993 as a reporter/anchor/producer for a local CBS affiliate in Quincy, Illinois. After also working for the NBC affiliate, she decided to move to Parma, Italy where she earned her Master’s degree in communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication is from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Fluent in Italian, Julie has also worked with Italian wine companies creating and translating web content and marketing materials. Her work has been featured in international, national, and local magazines. She has served as president of the local chapter of Slow Food where she remains on the board. Her interests include cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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The holidays loom large on the not-so-distant horizon, and that means people will be assembling grocery lists for the weeks ahead.

There are extremes in the holiday entertaining world: there’s the Martha Stewart-esque perfection with all things from scratch, and then, there’s the person just hoping not to poison anyone with whatever lands on the table.

Either way, we all begin with hopes that our feast will at least comfort our guests, even if it doesn’t dazzle, and that’s why we’re talking today with Chef Harold Balink of Harold’s Restaurant in Fort Myers. He’s been in the restaurant industry here in Southwest Florida for some time, and he’s the chef who somehow manages to meld the dazzling with the comforting in his dishes, something few are able to achieve.

We're going to explore the life of Barron Gift Collier with local author Marya Repko. Her new book, "The Story of Barron Collier" tells the story of Collier, who made a fortune with his advertising business before investing in Florida. He became the largest landowner in Florida, bought hotels, operated telephone systems, published newspapers, and undertook a road-building project across the swamps of the Everglades. At the same time, he was keeping up his New York interests as a civic leader, generous with his creativity and wealth. This is the third in a series of History for Younger Readers and is based on the Repko’s research for the adult version "Everglades Entrepreneur," all published by ECity Publishing.

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Southwest Florida’s residential real estate market has steadily improved since the 2008 crash. Home prices continue to rise, and rent has spiked dramatically in recent years. We’re going to get a snapshot of the current state of the market, and where it might be heading, with area realtors Denny Grimes and Brad Dohack, and real estate analyst David Cobb with Metrostudy.

We also spend a few minutes talking about boom/bust economic cycles throughout history with Dr. Christopher Westley, he's Director of the Regional Economic Research Institute and Professor of Economics at FGCU.

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According to the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) approximately 28% of America’s seniors live alone, and many experience social isolation.

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Over the past year three different local reporters have investigated three different complaints of water contamination in Lee County. WGCU's Jessica Meszaros uncovered arsenic in groundwater on Pine Island; News Press reporter Janine Zeitlin reported on contaminated well water in Charleston Park in Alva, and News Press reporter Patricia Borns reported on toxic sludge dumping in the Dunbar neighborhood in Fort Myers.

We’re joined by all three reporters to track down who is responsible, and what’s next in each of these water cases. Plus, we'll get an update from Eric Staats from the Naples Daily News about a project to reduce pollution in Naples Bay.

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