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Gulf Coast Live: Remembering The Sunshine Skyway Bridge Collapse of 1980 / Symposium on Harmful Algae Blooms Returns to Sarasota

On May 9, 1980, tragedy struck Tampa Bay when a 600-ft cargo ship struck the Sunshine Skyway Bridge causing a segment of the bridge to collapse.    Seven cars and a Greyhound bus fell over the edge and 35 people died. We speak with writer Bill DeYoung about his new book, “Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down,” covering the state of the bridge prior, details about the tragedy, its aftermath, and the man who was piloting the ship when it struck the bridge.

Researchers, policy makers and students from across the nation will be in Sarasota next week forMote Marine Laboratory and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s 7th annualSymposium on Harmful Algae Blooms in the U.S.We’ll take a closer look at the latest research and monitoring of Red Tide and other algal blooms that plague Florida waters; how they form and how they impact wildlife, the marine environment, the economy and human health.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

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Gulf Coast Live: Local Impacts of Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act / Drug Related Deaths on Decline in Florida

The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 went into effect Oct. 1.  The law is intended to close the National Flood Insurance Program’s $24 billion deficit by phasing in a series of rate increases.  However, without action by Congress to delay the law, many Southwest Florida property owners will see exorbitant increases in their flood insurance rates.  We’ll explore efforts to mitigate the law’s adverse effects on property owners, the local economy, and the recovery of the housing market.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and State Attorney General’s Office recently released the 2012 Drugs Identified in Deceased Persons report which finds that drug related deaths are on the decline.  Deaths related to prescription drug use are experiencing the greatest decline.  We’ll explore local drug use trends and what’s behind the decline.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

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Gulf Coast Live: Long Term Effects for Survivors of Childhood Cancer / Going Green – The Benefit for Businesses

While the incidence of childhood cancer diagnoses has increased over the past 20 years, the survival rate of patients has also increased dramatically according to the National Cancer Institute.  This has prompted health care professionals to work harder to understand the long-term health effects for survivors.  Ahead of the Golisano Children’s Hospital’s first Pediatric After Cancer Experience Conference on Oct. 19, we hear a local survivor’s story as we take a closer look at addressing the special needs of those who’ve beaten childhood cancer.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection hosts its 2nd annual Greening Your Bottom Line Expo & Conference October 16 -17.  We talk with conference speakers and other experts about how businesses from restaurants and hotelliers to manufacturers can adopt more environmentally friendly practices and how ‘going green’ can effect profitability.  We’ll also explore some state and local programs already in place that encourage green innovation in the private sector.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

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Gulf Coast Live: Risks of Head Injuries in Football / Sea Turtle Nesting in Southwest Florida

The NFL and thousands of former players settled their concussion related lawsuits this summer with retired players who have cognitive issues becoming eligible for money. The settlement doesn’t mean anyone agreed football caused the problems. It does mean retired players will get help and more funding will be available for research aimed at making the game safer.  So what is the truth about the risks of head injuries for football players of all ages? We’ll explore that question ahead of the PBS Frontline investigation League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis airing next week on WGCU-TV.

Unhatched sea turtle nests remain on Southwest Florida beaches but the nesting season, which runs from May through October is winding down. Although Loggerhead Sea Turtles are most prominent locally, endangered Green Sea Turtles are the comeback story this year with nest numbers breaking records. We’ll take a closer look at how this year’s nesting activity in Southwest Florida along with beach monitoring efforts aimed at keeping track of nesting activity, protecting nests and educating the public.

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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