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Gulf Coast Live: TRIM Appeals / PBS Correspondent Ray Suarez on his book “Latino Americans”

Last month, Southwest Florida property owners began receiving Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices in the mail.  The notices are an estimate of property taxes the owner will incur based on a property’s assessed value, and the time to dispute that assessed value is quickly coming to a close.  We’ll speak with Lee County Property Appraiser Ken Wilkinson along with Fort Myers-based real estate attorney Mike Hagen for a look at how a property’s assessed value is determined, what owners considering an appeal need to know about the process, and trends for 2013 petitions and tax roll estimates.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month we speak with Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for PBS NewsHour and host of the public radio show America Abroad. He’s written a companion book to the PBS documentary series called “Latino Americans: The 500-year Legacy That Shaped A Nation”.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

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Gulf Coast Live: Amphibians in Decline / Sarasota to host 2017 World Rowing Championships

The International Federation of Rowing Association’s Congress recently chose Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota as the site of the 2017 World Rowing Championships.  The event is expected to bring some 42,000 visitors to the region and inject millions into the local economy.  We’ll explore how officials are preparing to host the sport’s most important event outside of the Olympics.

A recent study from U.S. Geological Surveyresearchers finds that frog, toad, and salamander populations are declining at a rapid rate throughout the country including in Florida.  The study, published in the scientific journal PLOS One, is a first-of-its kind estimate on the animals’ populations from around the country.  We’ll explore the findings and what they could indicate for future survivorship of many amphibian species.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

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Gulf Coast Live: Dreaming in Color / Foreign Illegal Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico

August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech at the 1963 March on Washington.  In the days leading up to that anniversary, the News-Press has been running a special series taking a closer look at race relations in Southwest Florida then and now and the challenges still facing a community where racial divides still run deep.  We’ll talk with News-Press reporters Melanie Payne and Janine Zeitlin who interviewed more than 50 community members from all walks of life for their “Dreaming in Color: ‘I Have a Dream’ 50 years later” series.

Foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is growing problem that poses risks to our economy, national security and the sustainability of the commercial fishing industry. It’s even been linked to drug smuggling and human trafficking, yet many people don’t even know it occurs. We’ll explore the extent and impact of foreign illegal fishing, barriers to law enforcement getting a handle on the problem, and proposals now making their way through the U.S. Senate aimed at addressing the issue.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

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Gulf Coast Live: 2013 Hurricane Season Update / Lake Okeechobee Releases

It’s the peak of hurricane season. We’re joined by a director from the National Weather Service who’ll explain how new technology is helping  forecasters do a better job.  Also, Florida’s Public Radio stations now have their own meteorologist– meet Jeff Huffman from the University of Florida.

Releases from Lake Okeechobee continue – easing pressure on the aging dyke that surrounds the lake,  but wreaking environmental havoc down-stream.   Our guests are Lt. Colonel  Thomas Greco from the  Army Corps of Engineers  and Rae Ann Wessel, Natural Resource Policy Director for the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

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Gulf Coast Live: Immigration Reform / The Vinyl Revival

As the momentum for immigration reform comes to a halt in the U.S. House of Representatives, the ACLU of Florida is collecting stories from around the state of families that have been affected by the status quo of U.S. immigration laws.  We’ll explore some of those compelling personal stories and how advocates for immigration reform are looking to see the system change.

Vinyl records are making a comeback. On this program we’ll explore who is making it happen and why. One California County has even declared August 12 as Vinyl Record Day!  Vintage LPs are being re-released and new ones are being made by current artists such as Adele. Some are worth a lot of money. We speak with Lee County indie singer/songwriter Wendy Webb who produced a vinyl LP from her 2011 album “Moon on Havana”.  We’ll also meet Kosmas Ballis, the co-owner of Echo Vintage Books and Vinyl – a store with more than 100,000 vinyl records in Fort Myers. We’ll talk about record fairs that happen three to four times a year in Tampa organized by Stacey Krieger. The next one is 9/14/13 at the Holiday Inn Express, 4750 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa from 10:00am to 3:30 pm. email questions totbrecordshow3@aol.com.  And we’ll meet the sound and graphics digitization technician at the Recorded Sound Archives at Florida Atlantic University.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

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Gulf Coast Live: Wetlands Mitigation and Landowner Rights / FRONTLINE: Life and Death in Assisted Living

A recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision ruled in favor of the family of a Florida landowner against the St. Johns River Water Management District.  The case, going back nearly two decades, disputed whether a government agency could impose mitigation demands on landowners looking to develop wetland habitat on their own property.  Supporters call it a win for private landowners, but what could it mean for efforts to protect Florida’s dwindling wetland habitat?

We’ll talk with FRONTLINE correspondent andProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson about his year-long investigation into concerns with America’s multibillion dollar assisted living Industry.  The FRONTLINE story premiered on WGCU Public Television July 30.  We’ll get an inside look at the investigation.  Plus, we’ll explore efforts to reform regulation of the assisted living industry here in Florida.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

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Gulf Coast Live: New Research Challenges Notions about Sea Turtle Movement / Sanibel Poet Joe Pacheco

In the midst of Southwest Florida’s sea turtle nesting season, new research findings about the movement of nesting loggerhead turtles by theU.S. Geological Survey challenge some long-held ideas about their behavior.  We’ll explore how the new data could influence future protection efforts for this threatened species and what it could indicate about the actual size of the loggerhead’s Gulf of Mexico subpopulation.

We’ll also take a look at an ongoing research effort conducted by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory tracking the movement of Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles and what it might suggest about how they cope with blooms of the toxic red tide algae.

Former New York City School Superintendent, poet, and Sanibel resident Joe Pacheco is out with his third volume of poetry titled, “Sanibel Joe’s Songbook.

Regarded by many as the unofficial ‘poet laureate’ of Sanibel, his works includes musings on life today in Southwest Florida, take readers back in time to his earlier days in New York City and include plenty of social and political satire.  We’ll talk with Pacheco about what’s inspired his third volume of poetry and hear some selected works.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

Call in: 1-877-428-8255
Email: gulfcoastlive@wgcu.org
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