Julie Glenn

Julie Glenn is the host of Gulf Coast Live. She has been working in southwest Florida as a freelance writer since 2007, most recently as a regular columnist for the Naples Daily News. She began her broadcasting career in 1993 as a reporter/anchor/producer for a local CBS affiliate in Quincy, Illinois. After also working for the NBC affiliate, she decided to move to Parma, Italy where she earned her Master’s degree in communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication is from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Fluent in Italian, Julie has also worked with Italian wine companies creating and translating web content and marketing materials. Her work has been featured in international, national, and local magazines. She has served as president of the local chapter of Slow Food where she remains on the board. Her interests include cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

A group of Sarasota County residents and solar power advocates gathered today at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota to announce another new solar co-op. There are now more than 20 such co-ops here in the sunshine state. We’re joined by Julia Herbst, she’s a coordinator with the St. Pete Co-op, to learn more about the benefits of belonging to a solar co-op. We’re also joined by Ron Susi, who is a participant in another solar co-op that was launched earlier this year in Sarasota County.

Southwest Florida is a boaters’ paradise, with miles of canals leading to rivers and the gulf. People often move here almost entirely because of our access to the water. But, Florida leads the nation overall when it comes to boating accidents and fatalities, and southwest Florida is certainly no exception. This week is the 60th annual National Safe Boating Week. It’s when officials try to spread the word about what boaters should be doing, and paying attention to, while out on the water. We’re joined by Brian Rehwinkel from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Boating and Waterways Section, he’s one of those officials trying to get the word out about boating safety. And we’re joined by Heather Preston, she’s an astrophysicist and Planetarium Director at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium in Fort Myers. She'll be leading a Captain's Night Presentation on Friday, May 25 the subject of Hawaiian Wayfinding: that’s how to use things like stars, winds, waves, currents, salinity, etc. to navigate while out on the water.

By now you’ve probably heard of the giant patch of plastics floating in the Pacific Ocean, and things like micro-beads from cosmetics turning up in waterways, and the animals that inhabit them - you may even have seen reports about a plastic bag turning up in the deepest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench. While its durability is one of things that makes plastic so useful, it’s also what’s turning out to make it so dangerous - it can take centuries for some plastic materials to degrade, and more and more of it is winding up in the environment. We’re localizing the issue with new data collected by the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program. It’s been using citizen scientists to collect some baseline information on where micro-plastics can be found in waters across southwest Florida. We’re joined by its executive director, Jennifer Hecker.

Etude Winemaker talks Pinot, Tall Bottles, and sell-out Rosé. The charming and effervescent winemaker behind Carneros powerhouse Etude, Jon Priest, stopped by the studio for this week’s Grape Minds. We talk about the long, tall Pinot Gris bottle (the Galliano of the wine shelf), the beguiling Pinot Noir grape, and a Santa Barbara County foray into by-the-glass tier wines. 

Yanny vs. Laurel

May 16, 2018

We get a bit of an audio lesson from Gulf Coast Live’s director, Richard Chin Quee, who is also the interim director of programming and promotion at WGCU. Has the YANNY/LAUREL conundrum crossed your ears yet? It’s the latest version of the blue dress/gold dress phenomenon that went viral a few years back. Richard loves all things audio, and all things random and geeky, so we had him do a few experiments with some of our staff members and debrief us on what he uncovered.

One of Southwest Florida’s most-visited historic sites has a new leader at the helm. Mike Flanders took over as CEO of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates back in February, but he lived in two worlds for a while as he wound down his time as a member of the Fort Myers City Council. He officially gave up his seat on the council yesterday, so we thought we’d bring him and and get to know him, and see what he has planned for the estates.

Every year the Lee County Homeless Coalition conducts what’s called a Point In Time, or TIP, census to count individuals and families who are homeless. The information they collect is given to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and helps determine what services are required to meet the needs of the county’s homeless population. This year’s count, which was conducted on January 20th, found a 68% increase in total homeless individuals, a 136% increase in total homeless households with children, and a more than 100% increase in the number of chronic homeless. We’re joined by the coalition’s executive director, Janet Bartos, to try to get a handle on what these increases mean, and what they’re seeing on the ground as we enter the summer.

Hurricane Irma caused major damage all across southwest Florida last year, and while many people have wrapped up their repairs, and the insurance claims that covered them, some people are still struggling to find closure. Plus, because of the massive damage caused by the storm, insurance companies are facing an increase in lawsuits against them. We’re joined by Chip Merlin, he’s founder and president of Merlin Law Group, and he focuses on commercial & residential property insurance claim disputes and bad faith insurance litigation. he’s an attorney who focuses on commercial & residential property insurance claim disputes and bad faith insurance litigation, to pick his brain about all things insurance related in this post-Irma world.


The 2018 Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1st. While early forecasts predict another busy season, only time will tell. With Southwest Florida’s Hurricane Irma experience still pretty fresh in everyone’s minds, it might be a bit easier this year to get people to think seriously about preparing -- at least that’s the hope. We’re joined by meteorologist Jeff Huffman from the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network to talk about how public radio stations around the state are gearing up, and what southwest Floridians should be doing to prepare.


Rainy season is arriving, and the 2018 hurricane season is right around the corner. Anyone who dealt with Hurricane Irma last year may be looking at some ominous trees as this year's season gets ramped up. So, we're sitting down with Ian Orlikoff, he’s an Arborist, and the owner of Signature Tree Care in Naples to find out what folks should be thinking about to prepare their properties for hurricane season.


While most people are familiar with the 13 British Colonies that unified to form the United States, what’s often not known is the role Florida, or the 14th Colony, played in the Revolutionary War. We’re joined by Dr. Roger Smith, he's author of the book The 14th Colony, The American Revolution’s Best Kept Secret to get a history lesson.


Allowing a wine to age can be a tricky business.  Guessing the exact best moment when wine is at its peak of integrated tannin, fruit and acidity is about as easy as catching a unicorn. But there are some loose guidelines out there to help those with the patience to actually age wine.  We’ll go over the aging windows for red and whites.  As for what’s happening inside the bottle when wine is aging? Well, we can share what little we were able to glean without getting a degree in chemistry.

Coral reefs around the world have taken big hits over the past decade as ocean temperatures rise. During a recent 3-year global event, roughly half of the corals in the Great Barrier Reef succumbed to what’s called coral bleaching. And here in Florida, corals are facing a rapidly spreading disease called White Plague which has decimated many coral species off the Southeast Florida coast. Today we’ll talk with Dr. William Precht, who has studied the disease to learn more.

The Hendry County School Board voted last month to participate in a newly-created Florida program which allows trained employees to carry concealed weapons in schools.

A group of 32 community partners in Sarasota County are teaming up to strengthen prenatal care and early childhood development services in the county...it’s called First 1000 Days. It’s part of a broader, statewide effort called First 1000 Days Florida – Sarasota County is the first local affiliate. The idea is driven by the fact that 52% of babies born in the county last year were born into families living in poverty, and 80% of brain development happens before a child’s second birthday, so getting families connected to the right services early on is crucial. The effort, which officially launched last week, is being led by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, and is being facilitated by the former director of the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, Bill Little. We’re joined now by Kelly Romanoff, she’s Projects Manager for the Foundation, and joins us by phone from her office in Sarasota.