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Gulf Coast Live is a live, locally produced, call-in radio show focusing on issues that matter to Southwest Floridians. It's your chance to share your thoughts and connect to your community, live on the radio, and interact with experts, decision makers and each other via phone calls and social media.

Hosted by: Julie Glenn
Produced by: Rachel Iacovone

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This segment originally aired on March 22, 2018.

We listen back to our conversation with members of the Southwest Florida-based band Suwannee Swing Saloon

Back in March, the group transformed WGCU’s studio into a western swing revival with a live performance of the dynamic string band’s mix of western swing, classic country, blues and jazz tunes. The group made its debut at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, and it performed at WGCU ahead of making its Fort Myers debut. 

Mike Kiniry

We get a bit of an audio lesson from Gulf Coast Live’s director, Richard Chin Quee, who is also the interim director of programming and promotion at WGCU. Has the YANNY/LAUREL conundrum crossed your ears yet? It’s the latest version of the blue dress/gold dress phenomenon that went viral a few years back. Richard loves all things audio, and all things random and geeky, so we had him do a few experiments with some of our staff members and debrief us on what he uncovered.

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One of Southwest Florida’s most-visited historic sites has a new leader at the helm. Mike Flanders took over as CEO of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates back in February, but he lived in two worlds for a while as he wound down his time as a member of the Fort Myers City Council. He officially gave up his seat on the council yesterday, so we thought we’d bring him and and get to know him, and see what he has planned for the estates.

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Every year the Lee County Homeless Coalition conducts what’s called a Point In Time, or TIP, census to count individuals and families who are homeless. The information they collect is given to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and helps determine what services are required to meet the needs of the county’s homeless population. This year’s count, which was conducted on January 20th, found a 68% increase in total homeless individuals, a 136% increase in total homeless households with children, and a more than 100% increase in the number of chronic homeless. We’re joined by the coalition’s executive director, Janet Bartos, to try to get a handle on what these increases mean, and what they’re seeing on the ground as we enter the summer.

Merlin Law Group

Hurricane Irma caused major damage all across southwest Florida last year, and while many people have wrapped up their repairs, and the insurance claims that covered them, some people are still struggling to find closure. Plus, because of the massive damage caused by the storm, insurance companies are facing an increase in lawsuits against them. We’re joined by Chip Merlin, he’s founder and president of Merlin Law Group, and he focuses on commercial & residential property insurance claim disputes and bad faith insurance litigation. he’s an attorney who focuses on commercial & residential property insurance claim disputes and bad faith insurance litigation, to pick his brain about all things insurance related in this post-Irma world.