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For decades during the 20th Century, the City of Fort Myers dumped lime sludge—a byproduct of the water treatment processes—in Dunbar, a predominately black neighborhood near downtown. Last year, tests were done on the dumpsite and high arsenic levels were discovered. Tuesday, the city council was briefed on an assessment of the site and what options the city has. 

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As Florida lawmakers convene the second week of the 2018 law-making session, our weekly series of legislative roundtable conversations features a talk with State Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral.  Late last week, the House passed a measure (HB  9) aimed at forcing local governments as well as colleges and universities to comply with federal immigration officials, which would effectively ban so-called “Sanctuary Cities.”  We’ll get Rep. Eagle’s perspective on that effort, and a broad range of other issues including the budget, proposed firearm legislation, environmental restoration and tackling Florida’s opioid crisis.

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Florida's 2018 legislative session begins today - and Governor Rick Scott will be delivering his annual, and final, State of the State Address to lawmakers and to the people of Florida. Our coverage begins at 11AM and will include the Governor's address as well as lawmaker responses. Tune in to WGCU 90.1 FM, WMKO 91.7 FM, or listen live here or on the WGCU app.

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As Florida’s 2018 legislative session begins this week, WGCU is launching a weekly series of legislative roundtable discussions for each Monday edition of “Gulf Coast Live!” throughout the 60-day session.  These conversations are intended to provide an in depth look at the latest developments in the state capitol and how they impact Southwest Floridians.

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Several Florida Republican lawmakers are against a Trump administration proposal that could increase the amount of offshore drilling.

The U.S. Department of the Interior proposed making more offshore leases available for oil and gas exploration for 90 percent of the Outer Continental Shelf, Thursday.

The Outer Continental Shelf consists of submerged land off America’s coasts that are beyond states’ jurisdiction. 

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