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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.

Whether produced on location, with a live audience or in our radio studio, Gulf Coast Live! invites you to interact with experts, decision makers and each other via phone calls, emails, texts, on Facebook and blogs

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The Fort Myers Police Department’s Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report released this week shows a 9.7% reduction in overall crime for the first six months of 2015.  However, unsolved shootings in recent months have raised concerns among Fort Myers communities.

Roberto Gordo Saez

Same-sex marriage became legal in Florida in January following a U.S. District Court judge’s ruling that the state’s marriage ban violated the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection and due process requirements. Then in June, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a landmark ruling for LGBT advocates, finding that states cannot ban same-sex marriage.  To some, these high profile decisions have created a perception that the fight for LGBT equality has been won.  Advocates, however, say plenty of barriers remain in a broad range of categories from legal guardianship of children, to employment and housing discrimination.

Nick Ares

A USA Today analysis found at least 140 former members of Congress still have campaign accounts with nearly 50 million dollars in them. Nearly a third of those former lawmakers have been out of office at least five years. 

This week on Gulf Coast Live! we speak with Doris Weatherford, author of “They Dared To Dream: Florida Women Who Shaped History.” The book, published in May by the University Press of Florida, offers an extensive look into Florida’s powerful women through time.

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An independent report by the Florida auditor general into the state’s voting system last month criticizes the Department of State over security concerns with Florida’s nine-year old voter registration database and questions whether the state will be ready for the 2016 presidential election.  We’ll explore what voting officials are doing to prepare and to reduce the risk of a security breach.  Plus, August 6 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the federal Voting Rights Act which was designed to protect voters from racially discriminatory laws. We’ll explore the civil rights law’s history and impact in Florida.