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Every year the Lee County Homeless Coalition conducts what’s called a Point In Time, or TIP, census to count individuals and families who are homeless. The information they collect is given to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and helps determine what services are required to meet the needs of the county’s homeless population. This year’s count, which was conducted on January 20th, found a 68% increase in total homeless individuals, a 136% increase in total homeless households with children, and a more than 100% increase in the number of chronic homeless. We’re joined by the coalition’s executive director, Janet Bartos, to try to get a handle on what these increases mean, and what they’re seeing on the ground as we enter the summer.

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Hurricane Irma caused major damage all across southwest Florida last year, and while many people have wrapped up their repairs, and the insurance claims that covered them, some people are still struggling to find closure. Plus, because of the massive damage caused by the storm, insurance companies are facing an increase in lawsuits against them. We’re joined by Chip Merlin, he’s founder and president of Merlin Law Group, and he focuses on commercial & residential property insurance claim disputes and bad faith insurance litigation. he’s an attorney who focuses on commercial & residential property insurance claim disputes and bad faith insurance litigation, to pick his brain about all things insurance related in this post-Irma world.

 

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The 2018 Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1st. While early forecasts predict another busy season, only time will tell. With Southwest Florida’s Hurricane Irma experience still pretty fresh in everyone’s minds, it might be a bit easier this year to get people to think seriously about preparing -- at least that’s the hope. We’re joined by meteorologist Jeff Huffman from the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network to talk about how public radio stations around the state are gearing up, and what southwest Floridians should be doing to prepare.

 

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A new University of Florida study suggests that there could be even more felled trees the next time a hurricane makes landfall in the state — not because of the rise of super storms or stronger wind conditions but because of termites.

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Rainy season is arriving, and the 2018 hurricane season is right around the corner. Anyone who dealt with Hurricane Irma last year may be looking at some ominous trees as this year's season gets ramped up. So, we're sitting down with Ian Orlikoff, he’s an Arborist, and the owner of Signature Tree Care in Naples to find out what folks should be thinking about to prepare their properties for hurricane season.

 

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