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FGCU Student Government Launches Student Safety Program in Fort Myers Bars

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A portion of the Eagle Shot flyer going in local bars and restaurants in Fort Myers

Florida Gulf Coast University's Student Government is rolling out a new program to help students in dangerous situations at bars and nightlife establishments in the Fort Myers area. So far, participating locations include The Keys Bar & Grille, Rusty's Raw Bar and Grill - Island Park, Rusty's Raw Bar & Grill - Estero, Rhythm House Restaurant and Lounge as well as Tacos & Tequila in University Village.

WGCU's Rachel Iacovone spoke with Student Body President Josh Ballin and Student Government Sen. Jaimes Veneziale about the initiative. Ballin speaks first.


Rachel Iacovone is a reporter and associate producer of Gulf Coast Live for WGCU News. Rachel came to WGCU as an intern in 2016, during the presidential race. She went on to cover Florida Gulf Coast University students at President Donald Trump's inauguration on Capitol Hill and Southwest Floridians in attendance at the following day's Women's March on Washington.Rachel was first contacted by WGCU when she was managing editor of FGCU's student-run media group, Eagle News. She helped take Eagle News from a weekly newspaper to a daily online publication with TV and radio branches within two years, winning the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Best Use of Multimedia in a cross-platform series she led for National Coming Out Day. She also won the Mark of Excellence Award for Feature Writing for her five-month coverage of an FGCU student's transition from male to female.As a WGCU reporter, she produced the first radio story in WGCU's Curious Gulf Coast project, which answered the question: Does SWFL Have More Cases of Pediatric Cancer?Rachel graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.