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

Andrea Melendez/The News-Press

Not long after an investigative story appeared in the Fort Myers News Press, a “no trespassing” sign appeared on what was once considered public land in the heart of the Fort Myers’ Dunbar neighborhood.

That newspaper report found that the city dumped toxic sludge there 50 years ago, didn’t tell any of the neighbors, and haven’t cordoned off the area or cleaned it up.

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Florida’s citrus industry has seen its share of ups and downs, and running alongside the growers and grove owners all that time has been the Citrus Research and Education Center- which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Founded in 1917 to help Florida’s citrus farmers face challenges in the field, the research center has provide scientific solutions to pests, diseases, and weather patterns for a $9 billion industry.

Photo: Come From Away

Beverley Bass is a fourth-generation Floridian from Fort Myers, and as one of the first female pilots for American Airlines—and its first female captain—her life makes for a great story. But it's her experiences as a pilot on Sept. 11, 2001, when she and thousands of others found themselves grounded in Gander, Newfoundland until American airspace re-opened, that's now being told through a musical on stages across North America.

Photo: EPA via Wikimedia Commons

The ACLU of Florida has wrapped up a months-long investigation into how the state handled last year’s toxic algal blooms; the result of discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. The nonprofit civil liberties organization alleges the state failed its residents in how it responded to those discharges.

Photo: U.S. Army by Stephen Baack

A new study from the School of Education at Florida Southwestern State College calculates the costs of getting three- and four-year old students prepared for kindergarten across Southwest Florida. The cost comes out to roughly $12,000 per student for an ideal combination of small classes, experienced head teachers, and materials. But the study finds a roughly $8,000 gap between what's needed and what federal and state funds provide.

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