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Florida Matters: The Pier’s Future

St. Petersburg’s inverted pyramid pier.

The St. Petersburg City Council has voted to tear down the city’s inverted pyramid pier, opting for a new structure and a shorter approach. Some say it would mean the loss of a building that is identified with the city. We’ll hear why some city officials think it’s time to start over, and find out more about the pier’s impact on St. Petersburg. Join us tonight at 6:30 on WUSF 89.7.

Weigh in: If you’ve been to the pier in St. Petersburg, what do you think? What should the city do — rehab the current structure or build something new?

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Gulf Coast Live: Hurricane Season Heats Up

The peak of the season is approaching.  Emergency management officials fear several years with no storms hitting Southwest Florida could be leading to complacency.  We’ll hear some storm stories and learn why it’s good to prepared before a storm threatens. We’re joined by the Emergency Managers from Lee and Charlotte Counties.

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
Call in: 1-877-428-8255
Email:  gulfcoastlive@wgcu.org

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Gulf Coast Live: Election Recap

Florida’s primary election has come and gone.  It was pretty bitter and definitely expensive…at least in some races.  We’re joined by Betty Parker from the News Press, Florida Gulf Coast University political science professor Dr. Peter Bergerson, and University of South Florida professor Susan McManus for a look back at the primary, and a look forward to the general election, now less than 10 weeks away.

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
Call in: 1-877-428-8255
Email:  gulfcoastlive@wgcu.org

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Intersection: August 25, 2010

On this week’s Intersection:  Florida’s Republican establishment is still rolling from Rick Scott’s gubernatorial primary upset Tuesday night.  Tell us why you think Scott won.

In the US Senate Democratic primary Kendrick Meek will join the three way race against Independent Charlie Crist and Republican Marco Rubio.  Who do you think will win this triple choice election?

Orange County voters will choose their next Mayor in a run-off election between Bill Segal and Teressa Jacobs.  Will Segal be able to catch up?

This week on Intersection Rollins College political scientist Rick Foglesong weighs in on the outcomes of one of the state’s most exciting recent elections.

Plus: Intersection bonus episode.  This primary election has kept candidates, and candidates’ lawyers busy filing lawsuits against each other, and the governments they want to represent.  The legal actions have reached local and state races, but what do they actually accomplish?  We’ll get to the bottom of that question with Stetson political scientist T. Wayne Bailey.

On First Coast Connect: Circuit Judge Race, Rodney Hurst, Unions, and Primary Election Results

On Monday, August 23 the morning was kicked off with attorneys, Mark Hulsey and Sam Garrison, who will face each other tomorrow in the open seat for Circuit Judge in Florida’s Fourth Judicial District, one that covers Duval, Clay, and Nassau counties. The two respected candidates were both in the studio answering questions regarding the position, their stances on ranging topics, and their next move if elected.

Next, Rodney Hurst, author of It was Never About a Hotdog and Coke, came into the studio to recount the civil right era, and more specifically, “Ax Handle Saturday.” Mr. Hurst, who was there for it all, noted the violence and confrontation over civil rights that took place here, in Jacksonville, 50 years ago this weekend. Mr. Hurst, along with other noted civil rights activists, will gather this weekend to headline the 50th anniversary commemoration of the 1960 sit-ins and Ax Handle Saturday. You can visit NAACP’s website here to learn more about the event or call their office at (904) 764-7578.

Tuesday, attorneys, Steve Combs of Combs Green McLester, and Gregg Anderson of the Camerlengo Law Group, joined our discussion about the few recent labor and union occurences happening here, in Jacksonville. The Duval County School Board breached its contract with the teacher’s union, the recent bus drivers union asked the JTA for a contract extension, and the city is at odds with the fire department union over pensions.The two discussed the rising tensions regarding these unions, labor, pay, and benefits.

This morning, Wednesday, August 25, we were joined by Matt Corrigan, who heads up University of North Florida’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration, and Abel Harding, columnist for the Florida Times-Union. The two engaged in a discussion analyzing yesterday’s polls and began to look ahead into the general election in November.

Later in the show, Stacy Ridenour, Executive Director of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and Sales Director, Josh Schwerdtfeger, both joined the show to discuss the symphony’s 2010-2011 concert season and explained that the audience should expect renowned artists and performers, such as Bernadette Peters and Leon Fleisher, along with many others. The symphony is opening its doors this weekend for an Open House for the entire community. Find out more by visiting symphonyeasy.com.

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Florida Matters: Voters’ Voices

Voters Panel

A group of voters gathered by WUSF, Bay News 9 and the St. Petersburg Times. From top left: Victor Castrillo, Nick Conte, Tinka Diehl, Eli Goodfellow, Gerry VonEhr, Margaret VonEhr, William Wertz, Nick Tinch.

There’s a new poll out almost every day now that the primary election is upon us, and the leader seems to change with every survey. In cooperation with Bay News 9 and the St. Petersburg Times, we’ll be following a group of votersthrough the November election to get their opinions and perspectives as the races progress. Tonight at 6:30 on WUSF 89.7, meet our group and find out what’s on their minds.

Weigh in: What’s on your mind this election season — what messages from the candidates are resonating with you and which ones are pushing you away?

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On First Coast Connect: Mike Goldman, Finances, and Media Roundtable

Thursday, August 19, Mike Goldman, spokesman for Florida’s Department of Transportation, came onto the show to discuss the 152 million dollar construction project at the I-10, I-95 interchange. He commented on the reasoning for the recent change, how it has affected traffic and conjestion in the area, and how it compares to other major road projects.

Also on Thursday, we were joined by Alexa Von Tobel, a Jacksonville native and Harvard graduate. She started LearnVest.com, a web site dedicated to women’s financial issues. She gave insight into one’s own finances and ways to easily organize them.

This morning was our Week in Review: Media Roundtable! We were joined by Matt Coleman from the Florida Times-Union, John Burr, editor of the Jacksonville Business Journal, Steve Congro of Metro Jacksonville, and our very own senior staff reporter, Kevin Meerschaert. They discussed all of this week’s hot news, including Duval County teacher pay raises, Police and Fire pension reform, and the looming bus driver strike.

Later in the show, JJ Grey from the band, Mofro, came in to the studio to promote his new album, “Georgia Warhorse,” and gave us a taste of his music by playing one of his songs, “Hide and Seek.”

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