FISH OF SANIBEL-CAPTIVA IS OPERATING ON SANIBEL AND TEMPORARILY IN FORT MYERS AND AVAILABLE BY PHONE FOR ASSISTANCE AND REFERRALS FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY THE HURRICANE. PLEASE CALL 239-472-4775 DURING BUSINESS HOURS OR 239-472-0404 OUTSIDE OF THOSE HOURS. YOU CAN ALSO EMAIL INFO@FISHOFSANCAP.ORG AND A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU.
BELOW ARE RESOURCES FISH HAS COMPILED. AS THE RECOVERY PROCESS IS DYNAMIC, SOME INFORMATION MAY CHANGE:
United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades
United Way 211 is a program that provides free information and referral to health and human service agencies within Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties. United Way 211 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by dialing 211 or by calling 239-433-3900 in Lee and 800-887-9234 in Hendry and Glades.
• Jerry’s Foods – 1700 Periwinkle Way (8:00am – 4:00pm, limited options)
NON-PERISHABLE FOOD, DRINKS & PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS
• FISH – 2430 Periwinkle Way
• FISH – 2430 Periwinkle Way (mold liquid, buckets, trash bags, gloves)
• FISH – 2430 Periwinkle Way (Fridays from 1:00-2:00pm)
Power restoration on Sanibel is almost complete, however, currently there is not a detailed timeline for power restoration at each house and structure. There may be unique situations where power restoration may be delayed.
Inspection and/or repair of electrical equipment that was flooded or damaged by Hurricane Ian is required before the city notifies LCEC power may be restored to the property. Questions may be directed to email@example.com
The Island Water Association (IWA) has pressurized the water distribution system throughout Sanibel and Captiva islands. To reestablish water service at your property you must complete the request form available on the island water association’s website, www.islandwater.com.
At this time, water must only be used for construction purposes and property clean up until sanitary sewer systems are online. Water must not be used for any purpose that will discharge to the sewer, including toilet flushing, showering, laundry, and hand washing.
The city has placed containers at the City Recycling Center to collect residential refrigerator and kitchen rubbish. No commercial rubbish, debris, or vegetation will be accepted. Commercial property owners must contact their waste hauler for pick up as needed.
Storage pods are allowed at single-family homes but only temporarily, for no more than 30 days.
CITY OPERATIONAL ADJUSTMENTS
The City of Sanibel is operating from a temporary city hall and can be reached at 239-603-7261.
*PLEASE FIND MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION FROM THE CITY OF SANIBEL AT WWW.MYSANIBEL.COM
MAYORAL PROCLAMATION 23-08 – On Monday, February 13, 2023, Mayor Holly D. Smith authorized Mayoral Proclamation 23-08 which provides guidance regarding the following topics:
SANIBEL CAUSEWAY REENTRY – By consensus, the Sanibel City Council supported the decision to end the requirement for reentry passes on January 2, 2023. The City of Sanibel asks that non-residents respect and understand the fact that Sanibel is still actively working to recover from Hurricane Ian. While the requirement for reentry passes will no longer be necessary on January 2, 2023, we are discouraging visitors at this time and look forward to welcoming back visitors later in our recovery.
Sanibel customers can begin picking up their mail at a temporary facility in the parking lot of the Sanibel Post Office, located at 650 Tarpon Bay Road. The temporary Post Office will offer retail services and Post Office Boxes, as well as mail, package, and P.O. Box mail pickup. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., closed Sunday.
SANIBEL RESTAURANTS CURRENTLY OPEN
The City of Sanibel has opened limited beach parking at the following locations:
– Bowman’s Beach Park, at 1700 Bowman’s Beach Road, Sanibel (220 parking spaces)
– Gulf Side City Park, at 2001 Algiers Lane, Sanibel (46 parking spaces)
The following beach parks and parking reopened in February:
– Blind Pass Beach Park, at 6497 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel (29 parking spaces)
– Tarpon Bay Road Beach Park (Trost Parking), at 205 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel (76 parking spaces)
To park at one of the Sanibel Beach Access parking areas, a Sanibel Beach Parking Permit or a $5 per hour parking fee is required. To learn about the city’s Mobile Pay system to pay hourly parking rates, visit https://www.mysanibel.com/content/download/31156/file/Parking_Mobile_Payment_System.pdf.
Beach-goers cannot park their vehicles on city streets. Violators will be fined $150.
On March 6, the city also reopened the Sanibel Boat Ramp, at 888 Sextant Drive, Sanibel, and boat/trailer parking on March 6. There are 39 parking spaces available for boat trailers.
The city noted the following for using the Sanibel Boat Ramp:
– The boat ramp is open to permit holders only on weekends and holidays.
– On weekdays, it is open to the public (non-permit holders) for a $40 daily fee.
– There is no beach access at the Sanibel Boat Ramp at this time.
– Commercial use of the boat ramp is prohibited.
– Fines for violations at the boat ramp are $250.
BEACH, BOAT RAMP PARKING PERMITS
People can obtain a Beach or Boat Ramp Parking Permit at the Sanibel Recreation Center, at 3880 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel. It is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For questions, call 239-472-0302.
To download the Beach or Boat Ramp Parking Permit Application Form, visit https://www.mysanibel.com/content/download/31242/file/beach_parking_application.pdf. To avoid delays, fill out the form in advance and be certain to have the required documentation.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE BEACH
– Hurricane debris may still be present on the beach, in the water or buried beneath the sand.
– Shoes are recommended.
– You may encounter uneven terrain.
– Swim at your own risk.
– Facilities and beach accesses are limited (you may need to walk further than you used to).
– Trespassing on private property is prohibited.
– Respect posted wildlife areas and dune vegetation.
– For current information regarding red tide, visit the Florida Department of Health in Lee County at https://lee.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2023/03/2023_03_06-HealthOfficialsIssueRedTideAlertForLeeCounty.html.
STATE OF FLORIDA
• Mental health resources for individuals and communities are available at MyFLFamilies.com/HurricaneIan. Floridians’ health and well-being are a top priority, and the Department of Children and Families is reminding individuals that they are not alone. All Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian can find someone to talk to today through the Disaster Distress Helpline by calling 800-985-5990.
• DOH’s Children’s Medical Services Plan and partners have setup four locations (two locations in Lee County) for individuals to receive free hygiene and infant supplies, in addition to other essentials. All sites are open to the public.
• Lee County – Family Initiative located at 734 SW 4th St., Cape Coral, Florida 33991. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Lee County – Sunshine Fort Myers located at 4901 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33905. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Disaster Recovery Center – Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919
• Disaster Recovery Center — Joseph P. D’Alessandro Office Complex, 2295 Victoria Ave., Fort Myers, FL, 33901