Mike Kiniry

Nicole Raucheisen-Naples Daily News

Hurricane Irma drew attention to nursing homes in Florida after 12 residents at a rehabilitation center in Hollywood died following a power outage caused by the storm. But, the issues surrounding nursing homes in the state run much deeper than a lack of generators. We’re sitting down today with News Press watchdog reporter and columnist, Melanie Payne to find out what she has uncovered with Naples Daily News reporter Ryan Mills in their series of stories about nursing homes in the sunshine state.

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Every year, the Hunger and Homeless Coalition of Collier County conducts what’s called a Point in Time Count to get a snapshot of the number of people in the county who are facing homelessness.

Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation

Before we got involved, water collected in the Kissimmee River Basin north of Lake Okeechobee and flowed south into the lake. It then spilled over the lake’s south shore and flowed slowly south through the Everglades, eventually into Florida Bay. But, that’s no longer how the system works, and ecosystems are suffering because of that, so we’re getting a big picture view of how we wound up where we are today, and what solutions might be found as we move forward. We're joined by Rae Ann Wessell, she’s Natural Resource Policy Director for the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, and Eric Eikenberg, CEO of the Everglades Foundation. Click HERE to download a PDF that provides an overview of the south Florida water system.


South Florida Water Management District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is tasked with managing the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee, and the water release schedule that is determined by the lake’s water level, and the rainfall outlook. The Corps resumed water releases on Friday after a short break -- this time they’re doing what are called ‘pulse releases’ which are intended to more closely mimic how water would flow from the lake following a big rain event. The idea is to start slow, speed up over time, and then slow down again before stopping. We’re joined by John Campbell, he’s Acting Chief for the Corps' Communications office in Jacksonville.



Time spent studying abroad, immersed in another culture, can be a defining experience in a person’s life journey. We’re sitting down today with a group of students from Florida Southwestern State College who recently studied abroad in Florence, Italy at Lorenzo de Medici. They are going to be talking about their time over there during the next session of FSW’s Critical Thinking Lecture Series called "Gaining a New Perspective: Italy Through Our Eyes."