Gulf Coast Live

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Five central Florida cities are teaming up with the ridesharing company Uber to offer discounts on rides within the five-city area, as well as to various SunRail stations. The citys tout the partnership between a major technology company and government as a way to deliver "alternative transit options" that also help reduce the number of cars on the road.

Photo: U.S. Air Force / Airman Sondra M. Wieseler

As floodwaters begin to recede in Southwest Florida, many now face the task of clean-up. But before you hire any old handy man, officials say you should make sure they are a licensed contractor. According to Sarasota County Deputy Building Official Guy McCauley, unlicensed contractors aren't just working illegally, they leave homeowners with no recourse if things go wrong. And in many cases, insurance won't pay for work done by an unlicensed contractor.

Photo: Wayne Sallade

In August 2004, Hurricane Charley took an unexpected turn off the Gulf and into Charlotte Harbor, devastating the county and bringing the national spotlight to Florida's Gulf Coast. As Hurricane Harvey ravages east Texas, local reporters and emergency responders are reflecting on the storm and how it changed life in Southwest Florida.

Image: Public Domain via Wikimedia Creative Commons / Bryan Norcross

Twenty-five years ago, on Aug. 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew unleashed devastation across South Florida. Flooding and winds gusting well over 100 mph wind destroyed neighborhoods, knocked out power for days, and leaving many without access to food, water, or supplies. A new book by The Weather Channel meteorologist Bryan Norcross recounts his marathon 23 hours on the air covering the storm.

Photo: Humane Society of Broward County.

The Humane Society of the United States Humane launched “Operation Grey Muzzle” to alleviate overcrowding in under-funded, often windowless, and sometimes flooded shelters in Puerto Rico. This week 200 dogs were put on two planes, landing in Florida and North Carolina, to an effort to find new homes for the castaway canines.

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