Gulf Coast Live on WGCU

Weekdays at 1PM (encore Sundays at 11am)

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: Matthew F. Smith

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Gulf Coast Live is funded by the Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation

Photo: Rachel Iacovone, WGCU

Collier County Commissioner Penny Taylor reflects on the emergency response before, during, and after Hurricane Irma, and she says she’d give the county an “A.” She joins Gulf Coast Live to talk about whether any of the hardships after the storm could have been avoided with different planning or infrastructure, and what changes the county might consider moving forward. 

Photo: Lee County Sheriff's Office via Facebook

Leaking roofs, flooded homes, destroyed lawns and wind and water damage: the legacy of Hurricane Irma is still a reality for many living in Southwest Florida. As residents turn their energies to repairs, sheriff's deputies across the region are urging the public to be wary of fraud and scams in their recovery process.

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Photo: Chris Schrier via Flickr Creative Commons

The Naples Lions Club is setting for itself an ambitious goal: eradicating lazy eye, or amblyopia, from kids across Collier County. To accomplish that goal, they're funding eye exams, glasses, surgeries and more for needy adults and children in Collier County.

Photo: Rachel Iacovone, WGCU

The recovery from Hurricane Irma is beginning to dwarf the storm itself: many are still without power, grocery stores are still lean on supplies, and public sewage systems continue to back up into some neighborhoods. Inland counties like Hendry, and coastal communities from the Florida Keys to Everglades City, still face acute needs that mean a return to routine may yet be weeks or months away.

Photo: The Red Cross

The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army continue their relief efforts more than one week after Hurricane Irma devastated South Florida. Tens of thousands of meals are being served and emergency shelters remain open. But full recovery is still to come: both agencies say they need more volunteers, and ongoing sewage and water quality concerns are fueling concerns of a potential health crisis.

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