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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Bird watchers across the country call it the "big year," an informal competition amongst birders to see who can spot the largest number of different birds species in a give year.

One Naples bird watcher hopes 2017 will be her "big year," with a goal of seeing more than 700 species of birds by the end of the year.

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It's illegal to sell food you make in your own personal kitchen; state and federal food safety laws dictate food has to have been made in a commercial-grade kitchen. It's one of the many obstacles would-be chefs face when starting out.

Photo: George Socka via Wikimedia Creative Commons (edited)

The U.S. dollar is strong against the Canadian dollar and the Euro. It's a financial situation that's good for Americans traveling abroad but a worry for Southwest Florida’s international tourism industry. The unfavorable exchange rate means Canadians and Europeans will get less for their money than they’re used to. Realtors in the area say some are choosing to stay put this winter, rather than visiting Florida.

Photo: Phillip Pessar via Flickr Creative Commons (edited)

Developing land in Southwest Florida brings up a number of concerns from environmentalists, investors, and everyone in between. Ultimately regional planners and county commissioners make the final call on what is permitted and what’s not.

Julie Glenn

A group of Tibetan Buddhist Monks spent a week at Florida Southwestern College in Fort Myers recently as part of the “Mystical Arts of Tibet” tour. The purpose was to share the art and philosophy of their ancient order as they tour the country over the course of a year. They painstakingly constructed a sand mandala, a geometric design, one grain of colorful sand at a time. Then in a traditional ceremony they destroyed their work.