Gulf Coast Live

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Collier County Commissioner Penny Taylor reflects on the emergency response before, during, and after Hurricane Irma, and she says she’d give the county an “A.” She joins Gulf Coast Live to talk about whether any of the hardships after the storm could have been avoided with different planning or infrastructure, and what changes the county might consider moving forward. 

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Leaking roofs, flooded homes, destroyed lawns and wind and water damage: the legacy of Hurricane Irma is still a reality for many living in Southwest Florida. As residents turn their energies to repairs, sheriff's deputies across the region are urging the public to be wary of fraud and scams in their recovery process.
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The Naples Lions Club is setting for itself an ambitious goal: eradicating lazy eye, or amblyopia, from kids across Collier County. To accomplish that goal, they're funding eye exams, glasses, surgeries and more for needy adults and children in Collier County.

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The recovery from Hurricane Irma is beginning to dwarf the storm itself: many are still without power, grocery stores are still lean on supplies, and public sewage systems continue to back up into some neighborhoods. Inland counties like Hendry, and coastal communities from the Florida Keys to Everglades City, still face acute needs that mean a return to routine may yet be weeks or months away.

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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.