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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.

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Jeffrey Smith

A recent News-Press investigation by reporter Cody Delaney looks into allegations of a culture of racial discrimination and retaliation within the Fort Myers Police Department.  The report also finds allegations of unequal application of the law when it comes to officers dealing with white citizens versus minorities.  Five civil rights lawsuits have been filed by FMPD officers against the city or the police department, and six discrimination complaints have been filed with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission against the FMPD.  

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Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing arm, has seen record numbers of visitors in recent years. But, it’s also a public/private agency that’s recently received attention for secret contracts and footing the bill for vacations of foreign journalists.

Soaring Sky (@SoaringSkyMedia)

The El Nino weather pattern made this past January the rainiest on record for South Florida since 1932 according to the South Florida Water Management District.  Environmental advocates, business owners and public officials opposed the back-pumping of nutrient-laden agricultural runoff back into Lake Okeechobee and the billions of gallons of water that was discharged each day into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers.  Those discharges sent murky brown water to the coast around Sanibel Island.  

Jim Renaud

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, an estimated 9,731 youth aged 13 to 24 were diagnosed with HIV in the United States accounting for about 22% of all new HIV diagnoses.  In 2012, an estimated 44% of HIV positive youth 18 to 24 years old didn’t know they had it.  Public health experts worry about the millennial generation’s attitudes toward HIV prevention because today’s youth didn’t live through the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.   

Florida led the country in the number of new HIV cases in January. The Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau wrote that during this time Governor Rick Scott and then state Surgeon General John Armstrong faced criticism for cutting staff and were accused of not taking the increase seriously.

Shortly after, the Tampa Bay Times reported the Florida Department of Health adjusted those 2014 numbers moving the state out of the lead spot.

The move caused a stir.

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