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Gulf Coast Live: Implementing the Affordable Care Act in Florida / Creating a Role Playing Video Game Theme Park

The launch of Florida’s federally-run healthcare exchange is set for Oct. 1 and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates about 3.5 million Floridians will be eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. We’ll take a closer look at the Health Planning Council of Southwest Florida’s Navigator Project to help people sign up for coverage along with other efforts to reach out to Floridians who could get coverage through the exchange.

Nov. 1 – 3, the Fort Myers downtown River District will be transformed into an interactive role playing adventure based on storytelling, video game culture and gaming competitions.  The Game Nation Celebration marks a roll-out event of a much larger initiative looking to create the world’s first video game based theme park and resort experience.  We’ll meet members of the team behind the push to combine the theme park and video game industries, right here in Southwest Florida.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

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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

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