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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As springtime unfolds and temperatures warm up, many animals are more active, leading to more opportunities for human interaction. You may have seen the pictures circulating on social media -- the Sarasota Sheriff’s Department recently responded to a call about an 11-foot gator that wound up in someone’s backyard swimming pool. That got us to thinking about just how the changing season affects animals, so we’re bringing in Dr. Jerry Jackson, he’s Professor of Ecological Sciences at FGCU and heard weekday mornings on WGCU with his long running Out With the Wild Things.

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Trouper, the blind raccoon, captured the heart of Dorothy Lee (aka Miss Dot) several years ago.

Miss Dot is a wildlife rehabilitator, who fought to save Trouper's life after he was attacked by a golfer as a wild baby raccoon. He is now 9 years old, and though he's blind, he has a mission to help other animals as the official wildlife ambassador of the Wildlife Education Project.

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Students and professors of a Media Exploration class at Florida Southwestern State College performed a conceptual protest piece during the “March for our Lives,” protest against gun violence at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers on March 24.  

The Southwest Florida band Bargain Bin Heroes recently dropped their second EP titled, “Droppin’ the Deuce.”  The group has been bringing their high-energy performances to Southwest Florida audiences since 2014 with a unique mix of ska, reggae and punk genres.  Ahead of an EP release concert and event April 7 at Rack'em Spirits & Times in Cape Coral, we’ll sit down with Bargain Bin Heroes frontman, vocalist and bass player Eric Demayo and hear recorded selections from their new EP.

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May kicks off the official beginning of sea turtle nesting season in Southwest Florida.  Threatened loggerheads are the most prolific nesters on area beaches, but endangered green and even leatherback sea turtles also nest along Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast and on barrier islands.  

Experts and volunteers with a number of monitoring and protection programs will begin trolling beaches in the predawn hours looking for signs of nesting activity, marking new nests, educating beachgoers and documenting their findings.  We’ll speak with Conservancy of Southwest Florida senior biologist Dave Addison, who heads one of the longest running sea turtle monitoring and protection programs in the country.

We explore what residents and visitors can do to minimize potential impacts and to help ensure a healthy nesting season.  

Plus, a toxic red tide algae bloom that’s been lingering in the Gulf of Mexico just off of Southwest Florida’s shoreline has been impacting sea turtles and other marine life in recent weeks.  We check in with veterinarian, Dr. Heather Barron, who directs the wildlife hospital at CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) on Sanibel Island.

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