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

Call:  1-877-GCU-TALK 
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Gulf Coast Live is funded by the Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation

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.

Photo: FEMA via Wikimedia Commons

Multiple counties in Florida can apply for federal disaster assistance through FEMA in the wake of Hurricane Irma, but the process takes time to yield relief. Cheria Brown, media specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, joins Gulf Coast Live to provide information on how exactly residents can apply for aide and what to expect after their application is in.

Photo: Rachel Iacovone, WGCU

Four days after Hurricane Irma ravaged Southwest Florida, scenes of recovery stand alongside calls for help. As President Donald Trump visits Fort Myers and Naples Thursday, 1.3 million Floridians remain without power, and community efforts are mobilizing to bring food and other necessities to those most in need.

Photo: Collier County Sheriff's Office via Facebook

As Southwest Florida continues its recovery from Hurricane Irma, communities from Immokalee to the Florida Keys struggle with scarce supplies of food, fuel, and water. That's on top of medical patients who, despite precautions before the storm, face acute needs in the face of the region's ongoing power outage.

Spencer via Flickr

It’s day two post hurricane and many are surveying damage while inching back to normal.  Today on the show we have some answers to your insurance questions from the man who sets regulation for insurance agents in Florida, the state’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis

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