Gulf Coast Live

It is officially mosquito season here in southwest Florida. But, what we experience these days is nothing like what we’d experience if it weren’t for mosquito control. Today on the show we’re joined by Eric Jackson, he's Public Information Officer with the Lee County Mosquito Control District, to learn what lengths they go to to try and reduce the numbers of these flying pests. And we’re joined by Dr. Jonathan Day, he's Professor of Medical Entomology at the University of Florida to find out why mosquitos feast on some people and not others.

Ocean Habitats, Inc.

We’re joined by David Wolff, founder of a nonprofit company called Ocean Habitats that’s creating and selling mini artificial reefs that are generally installed behind homes underneath docks. The basic idea is to create safe habitats for juvenile fish and crabs, and other marine life, to grow and thrive. His company has installed hundreds of mini reefs on Marco Island, and recently installed the first one behind a home in Fort Myers.

Summertime is here, and for many families that means time at the pool, or at the beach -- but it also means an increased risk for drowning. About 1,000 kids die each year in the U.S. from drowning, and another 7,000 go to the emergency room because of a non-fatal drowning event. And, while pool safety for little kids often gets the most attention, statistically speaking it is far more likely for a kid to die from drowning in open waters, like at the beach, or on a lake in a river. And it’s actually teenage boys who are most likely to drown this way. We're joined by Sally Kreuscher, she’s a Child Advocate with Lee Health and a local SafeKids Coordinator, to get some drowning prevention tips.


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.

Kristi Oen

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative competition that’s been around since the late 1970s that gets students to work together to solve problems, and build confidence and cooperation skills. Local schools compete, with the winners moving on to regional competitions, and it all culminates every year at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. During this year’s finals in Ames, Iowa, Big Cypress Elementary School in Collier County was recognized as the sole winner from the entire world for their Odyssey Angels Project.