Gulf Coast Live

Fort Myers Police Department

It’s been about a year since we last sat down to talk with Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs. He's he’s been on the job since August of 2016, having taken the helm of a police department with more than a hundred cold case homicides, a lack of trust from some parts of the community it was trying to protect, and internal issues that were later parsed out in a third party audit- which was made public upon its completion a year ago. We sit down with Chief Diggs to get an update on progress he's made so far, including the recent arrest in the downtown Fort Myers Zombicon shooting that happened in 2015.

Florida Dental Association Foundation

The Florida Dental Association Foundation will host its fourth Florida Mission of Mercy event on March 9-10 at the Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers. During the event dentists will provide an estimated 2,000 people with relief from the pain and infection of untreated dental disease — all at no cost to the patients.

Dental care will be delivered on a first-come, first-served basis from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with no pre-registration necessary. Services provided will include cleanings, fillings, extractions, pediatric dentistry and limited root canal therapy. We're joined by Dr. Phillip Kraver, one of the dentists providing care at this weekend's events, to learn more.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

The opioid epidemic began making headlines years, if not decades, ago. But it’s on the rise still. The latest statistics puts the rate of fatal overdoses at one every 13 minutes in the United States, meaning, by the end of this segment, the widespread use of these drugs will have taken another life.

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As we head into the final week of Florida’s 2018 lawmaking session, our legislative roundtable series continues today with a series of conversations about hot-button issues, ranging from gun control to women’s reproductive rights to animal welfare.


We twist classical music with modern popular music for a trip to the upcoming Southwest Florida Symphony performance “Brahms vs. Radiohead” which will be this Saturday. This performance will combine all four movements of Brahms’s First Symphony (1887) with Radiohead’s album “OK Computer” (1997) complete with vocals. We'll talk with the composer of the symphonic mash-up, Steven Hackman, about what inspired him to combine music from different centuries, and we'll speak with Amy Ginsburg, the local symphony director, who heard the music and thought, “I want that to come to Southwest Florida.”